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Baseball Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader at Yale, 9-1 and 5-2

Baseball Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader at Yale, 9-1 and 5-2

Harvard tallied 24 hits in the two-game set (Rob Foldy).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Putting a finish to its four-game series with Yale, Harvard baseball picked up a pair of victories, 9-1 and 5-2, to sweep the Sunday doubleheader and take the overall series, 3-1. Harvard improved to 12-19 on the season and 5-7 in Ivy play while the Bulldogs fell to 12-22-1 and 7-5 in Ancient Eight action.

Game One: W, 9-1

Harvard jumped out to an early lead in the opening game on Sunday and never gave up control en route to a 9-1 victory. Sophomore Ian Miller threw his first-career complete game in his first win of the year, scattering five hits and one run with four strikeouts over seven frames.

Sophomore John Fallon and juniors Drew Reid and Josh Ellis tallied two RBI apiece, while freshman Ben Skinner, John MacLean and Trent Bryan also drove in runs. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg scored a game-high three runs, setting a new career-best.

Harvard scored two runs in the top of the first when Fallon drove a pitch into center field for a two-run single, scoring senior Mitch Klug and Skinner. The lead jumped to 6-0 in the top of the fourth after the Crimson scored four runs on five hits. Bryan singled home Rothenberg to start the run, and Ellis stepped up two batters later and delivered a two-RBI single to score Bryan and freshman Patrick Robinson. Ellis later scored after an RBI single by Skinner.

A fielder's choice by Reid in the fifth pushed Harvard's lead to 7-0, and the Crimson added two runs in the of the seventh after an RBI double from Reid and a sacrifice fly from MacLean. Yale was able to avoid the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with one run, but Miller struck out the Bulldogs' Tom O'Neill to finish the win.

Game Two: W, 5-2

The Harvard bats combined for 15 hits in the second contest of the day, leading to a 5-2 triumph over the Elis. Robinson tallied a career-best three RBI, while Klug and freshman Patrick McColl also drove in runs. Klug tallied a game-high three hits.

Freshman Kevin Stone got the start for Harvard, allowing two runs and three hits over four innings. Senior Shaun Rubin earned the win with 3.1 scoreless innings pitched, lowering his ERA to 0.64, and senior Nick Scahill threw 1.2 scoreless frames to earn his second save of the year.

Harvard got off to a quick 3-0 start in the top of the first after a bases-clearing double from Robinson, giving the freshman the first three RBI of his career. Klug singled to left field in the top of the second to plate Ellis, extending the advantage to 4-0.

McColl singled to center in the fourth inning to bring Skinner around to score, 5-0. Yale added two runs in the sixth after a pair of RBI singles, but the Crimson bullpen shut down the rally to close out the Sunday sweep.

Harvard travels to Northboro, Massachusetts for the Beanpot consolation on Wednesday, April 20 for a 2:30 p.m. contest with Massachusetts. The Crimson met the Minutemen in Florida earlier this season, with Harvard taking both games.

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