Baseball Splits Twin Bill with Jacksonville, 4-1 and 2-1

Baseball Splits Twin Bill with Jacksonville, 4-1 and 2-1

Stone picked up his team-high second win of the season (Fran Ruchalski).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In its first doubleheader during its spring break trip, Harvard baseball split a pair with Jacksonville, 4-1 and 2-1. The Crimson (5-2) shut down the Dolphins (8-9) in game one, 4-1, before dropping an extra-innings affair in game two by one run.

Sophomore Trent Bryan led the Crimson offense with four hits and two RBI in the two games, including a home run, while classmate Patrick Robinson pitched in three hits in four at bats. The Crimson got strong performances from its pitchers, allowing just three runs over 17 innings.

Game One: Harvard 4, Jacksonville 1
Harvard captured its fifth win of the year in the opening contest of the day, led by a strong outing from sophomore Kevin Stone on the mound. Picking up his second victory of the season in as many starts, Stone scattered six hits and one run over 6.2 innings while striking out four batters. Freshman Kieran Shaw pitched a pair of scoreless innings to close, earning his first-career save.

Robinson posted a game-high three hits on the afternoon, including a double, while Bryan and sophomore John Fallon also tallied two hits and one RBI apiece. Sophomore John MacLean also drove home a run for Harvard.

The Crimson struck first in the third inning, with sophomore Ben Skinner crossing the plate after Fallon reached on an error. Robinson delivered an RBI-double as the next man up, scoring Fallon from second to go ahead, 2-0. The lead jumped to 3-0 after McLean dropped a single into right field in the sixth, plating Fallon.

An RBI-double pulled Jacksonville back within two runs in the seventh, 3-1, but Bryan pushed the game out of reach with a solo blast over the right field wall in the ninth. His first jack of the year, the home run was the third of Bryan's career.

Game Two: Jacksonville 2, Harvard 1 (8 Innings)
A scheduled seven-inning affair to close the doubleheader, Harvard played its first extra innings contest of the season in the second of the twin bill. The Dolphins tallied their second win of the series, 2-1.

Junior Ian Miller tallied his second-straight complete game, striking out three against eight hits and two runs over 7.2 innings pitched. The offense was limited to five hits in the battle, including two apiece from Bryan and junior Matt Rothenberg.

The Crimson hopped on the board first, scoring in the second inning after an RBI single from Bryan plated Rothenberg. Bryan also added a triple in the game, giving him four extra-base hits on the season.

Jacksonville tied the score with an RBI-groundout in the fifth, and the hurlers closed out the pitching duel without allowing another run to send the game to extra innings. The Dolphins walked off with the win after a single up the middle scored the winning baserunner at second.

Harvard and Jacksonville close the four-game set on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m.