Baseball Falls in Series Opener to South Florida, 8-2

Baseball Falls in Series Opener to South Florida, 8-2

McColl tallied two RBI for Harvard (Elan Kawesch).

TAMPA, Fla. – Taking the field for the first time in a four-game series, Harvard baseball fell to South Florida, 8-2, on Friday night at USF Baseball Stadium.

Sophomore Patrick McColl led the Harvard (7-4) offense with two hits and two RBI, while freshman Quinn Hoffman also tallied a two-hit day. Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson got the start on the hill, allowing 11 hits and five runs over six innings with five strikeouts.

South Florida struck first with a two-run home run and RBI-single in the third inning, and extended its advantage to 5-0 with another two-run shot in the third. McColl put Harvard on the board with an RBI-single in the fourth, plating sophomore Patrick Robinson after a leadoff triple. The triple was Robinson's team-high sixth extra-base hit this season.

The Crimson closed the gap to 5-2 in the eighth, with McColl driving a single up the middle to score sophomore Ben Skinner. The two RBI gave McColl the team lead on the season.

The Bulls tacked on three runs in the eighth to push the game out of reach, courtesy of a home run and sacrifice fly.

The Crimson and Bulls continue the series with a twin bill Saturday, March 18 at USF Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.