Baseball Darts Past Massachusetts, 8-2

Baseball Darts Past Massachusetts, 8-2

Allen had a career-best three RBI for Harvard (Fran Ruchalski).

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Capturing its second-straight victory, Harvard baseball scored eight unanswered runs to close an 8-2 triumph over Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon at North Regional Park.

The Crimson (7-3) offense was led by sophomore Jake Allen, who notched career highs in hits (3), RBI (3) and runs (2). Harvard also got two-hit outings from junior Matt Rothenberg and freshman Chad Minato. Freshman Hunter Bigge got his first-career start on the mound, spreading five hits and two runs over six innings. The right-handed set a new career-high with three strikeouts.

A two-run first put Massachusetts (3-5) on top in the first inning, but the Crimson tied the game, 2-2, in the third after sophomore Trent Bryan forced an error on the first baseman that plated Allen and freshman Quinn Hoffman. Allen notched a two-run double one inning later, scoring Minato and Rothenberg, and later crossed home after an RBI-single from sophomore Ben Skinner. Harvard led 5-2 after four frames.

The Crimson tacked on two more in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. Following a leadoff double from Minato, sophomore John MacLean launched a double of his own into right field, plating the infielder. Allen notched an RBI single to left-center two batters later, allowing MacLean to round third and score.

Harvard capped its scoring on the afternoon win the seventh after an RBI-single from Rothenberg scored Bryan from third base. Sophomore Kevin Stone, junior Ian Miller and freshman Kieran Shaw combined for three scoreless innings of work in relief, helping the Crimson to the win.

A four-game series with South Florida will close the spring break trip for Harvard baseball March 17-19. The Sunday matinee will be broadcast on Facebook Live.