Harvard tallied a season-best 12 runs (Rob Foldy).
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Harvard bats came alive in the first of a four-game series with Army, but the Crimson was tripped up by a late run and fell, 13-12.
Senior Mitch Klug went a career-best 5-for-5 at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in one run. Sophomore John Fallon finished with four RBI, and junior Josh Ellis tallied three. Both totals were career-bests. Sophomore Ian Miller got the start on the mound, throwing 4.2 innings with six hits and four earned runs.
The Crimson hopped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Fallon reached on an error following a leadoff triple from Klug, and three batters later Ellis ripped a two-run single through the left side. Freshman Trent Bryan extended the advantage to 4-0 with a sacrifice fly to plate sophomore Matt Rothenberg.
Army tied the score, 4-4, with three runs in the first and one in the third, but a three-RBI double from Fallon in the top of the fourth helped Harvard regain the lead, 7-4. Klug, freshman Devan Peterson and junior Drew Reid crossed home on the play.
The Black Knights put a tally on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but the Crimson tallied its third multi-run inning in the fifth to push the lead to 10-5. Rothenberg doubled home sophomore Connor Quinn, Reid added a sacrifice fly and Klug singled to left field to plate runs.
Army rallied with two scores in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh to pull within two, 10-9, but the Crimson responded with RBI singles off the bats of Ellis and Bryan in the top of the eighth to enter the final frame with a three-run advantage.
Unable to secure the victory, the Black Knights tallied four runs on five hits in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with the win.
The four-game series with Army continues with a doubleheader March 18. The opening game will begin at 11 a.m.