Baseball Tops Massachusetts, 9-5, To Earn Series Sweep

Baseball Tops Massachusetts, 9-5, To Earn Series Sweep

Rothenberg led the Crimson with three RBI (Rob Foldy).

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sweeping a two-game series with Massachusetts, Harvard baseball scored early and often en route to earning a 9-5 victory over the Minutemen Wednesday morning at Jack Russell Stadium.

Harvard (4-5) was led by sophomore Matt Rothenberg with two extra base hits and three RBI. The performance marked the third time in the past four games that the designated hitter tallied multiple hits. Freshman Patrick McColl and sophomore John Fallon tallied two RBI apiece, and junior Josh Ellis notched a pair of singles and two stolen bases. Fallon became the first Crimson hitter to tally 10 RBI on the season, which leads the Ivy League.

Freshman Simon Rosenblum-Larson took the hill against the Minutemen (1-7) for his first-career start. The Madison, Wisconsin native picked up the win after scattering four hits over five innings with five strikeouts. The first-year pitched allowed only one earned run.  

Harvard jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With two outs on the board, Rothenberg opened the scoring with a two-run double to right center to plate Fallon and McColl. Rothenberg scored later in the inning after a Massachusetts throwing error.

The Minutemen fought back to level the score, 3-3, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and a third tally in the latter half of the third. Harvard quickly responded, however, with a four-run frame in the fourth to take control, 7-3. Fallon doubled to left field, allowing freshman Trent Bryan and Ellis to cross home, and McColl singled the next play to bring Fallon around to score.

Rothenberg tripled home sophomore Connor Quinn in the seventh inning to extend Harvard's advantage, and Ellis drove in Rothenberg one batter later with a single up the middle. Massachusetts would add a pair of runs late to bring the score to 9-5, but the Crimson held on for its second-straight victory.

Harvard baseball remains in Clearwater for a four-game series with Army March 17-19 at Jack Russell Stadium.