Baseball Drops Twin Bill to South Florida, 4-1 and 8-6

Baseball Drops Twin Bill to South Florida, 4-1 and 8-6

Fallon doubled three times in the doubleheader (Fran Ruchalski).

TAMPA, Fla. – Hitting the diamond for the second and third games of its series with South Florida, Harvard baseball fell to the host Bulls, 4-1 and 8-6, on Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium.

Sophomore John Fallon led the offense with a combined four hits in the doubleheader, while junior Matt Rothenberg, freshman Quinn Hoffman and junior Austin Black tallied a pair of RBI apiece. Junior Ian Miller tallied his third-straight complete game in the opening contest.

Game One: South Florida 4, Harvard 1
The Crimson dropped the opening contest by a 4-1 margin. Miller scattered six hits and four runs with four strikeouts over six innings, earning his third complete game in a scheduled seven-inning bout. Fallon paced the offense with a 3-for-3 performance, including two doubles.

The Bulls took a 1-0 lead with an RBI-single in the second, but Miller and the Crimson defense held the Bulls to just three hits through five frames. South Florida's offense responded, however, with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead.

Fallon opened the seventh with an opposite-field double, and was immediately brought home after a single up the middle from Rothenberg. The one run was all the Crimson could bring across, though, as a double play and strikeout brought an end to the first outing of the day.

Game Two: South Florida 8, Harvard 6
The Harvard offense came to life in the second game, plating six runs, but South Florida was able to hold on late. Senior Drew Reid had a team-best two hits, while Black added his first-career home run to lead the offense. Junior Noah Zavolas got the start, fanning three batters over six innings against 12 hits and four earned runs.

Harvard was the first on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after an RBI-single from Rothenberg plated Fallon, who tallied his third double of the day. South Florida responded with three runs in the bottom half, coming on a home run and double.

Harvard tied the game in the second, 3-3, with freshman Jake Suddleson and Reid scoring courtesy of an RBI-single by Hoffman. The Bulls again matched the effort, with an RBI-single in the bottom of the second to take a 4-3 advantage.

South Florida added to its lead with two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh, but Crimson pulled back within three after a homer in the eighth from Black cleared the right field fence, scoring sophomore Chase Aldridge. Trying to rally in the ninth, sophomore Patrick McColl brought home classmate Jake Allen with an RBI-single up the gut, but a two-out strikeout closed the game for the Bulls.

Harvard and South Florida conclude the series on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live.