Explosive Offense Leads Baseball to Sunday Sweep of Army West Point

Explosive Offense Leads Baseball to Sunday Sweep of Army West Point

Harvard tallied 46 runs in the four-game series (Fran Ruchalski).

CARY, N.C. – Scoring a combined 28 runs during a Sunday sweep, Harvard baseball toppled Army West Point, 11-4 and 17-9, on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

The Harvard (10-8) offense tallied its third-straight outing with at least 10 runs, which is the first time for Harvard since the 2013 campaign. Sophomore Patrick McColl led the charge with seven hits and five RBI between the two outings, while classmate Patrick Robinson and senior Drew Reid also posted five RBI apiece.

Robinson finished the four-game series with a team-high 10 hits, including five for extra bases, and nine RBI, and the Harvard offense scored 46 runs over the set. The 46 runs is the most for Harvard in a four-game span since the 2003 campaign, coming against Brown and Holy Cross.

Game One: Harvard 11, Army 4
The Crimson poured in 11 runs on 14 hits in the opening contest of the series, led by a three-hit, three-run outing from McColl. Robinson tallied a game-high three RBI, and five different batters tallied an extra-base hit in the game. Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson matched a career-best with seven innings pitched, earning his first-career complete game in the process. The right-hander scattered six hits and two earned runs against six strikeouts.

Army (8-15) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, but four runs in the third swung the momentum to Harvard. Senior Josh Ellis plated Reid with an infield single to open the Crimson account, and Robinson immediately followed with a bases-loaded double to score sophomore Ben Skinner and Ellis. Freshman Jake Suddleson put a cap on the inning with an RBI-single to right field, scoring junior John Fallon.

An RBI-groundout from Reid pushed the score to 5-2 in the fourth, and a two-run double from McColl pushed across Robinson and Fallon in the fifth. The first baseman later scored on an error to give Harvard an 8-2 advantage.

Fallon singled home Ellis in the sixth, and one batter later Fallon scored with a double to left-center off the bat of Robinson. A two-run double gave the Black Knights momentary hope, but a subsequent double from Reid in the seventh pushed the Crimson advantage back to seven runs, 11-4. Rosenblum-Larson shut down the Black Knights in the final frame, earning the complete game.

Game Two: Harvard 17, Army 9
Harvard totaled its highest offensive output of the season with 17 runs in the second game, its most since 2015 against Brown. McColl was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three RBI, while Robinson and freshman Quinn Hoffman contributed three hits apiece. Reid tallied three RBI to co-lead the explosive attack.

Sophomore Kevin Stone earned his team-leading third victory of the season on the mound, tossing five innings while allowing seven hits and four runs.

Sophomore Trent Bryan opened the scoring in the first inning, scoring on a wild pitch after stealing third one pitch earlier. A throwing error later in the inning on the Black Knights gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead. Following an amazing diving catch from Bryan in the bottom half of the frame, Army pushed two across with an RBI-single to tie the game, 2-2.

The Crimson regained the lead in the second after a two-run single from Robinson allowed Hoffman and sophomore Devan Peterson to cross home. McColl followed with a three-run home run, his second of the season, over the right field fence to give Harvard a 7-2 lead.

Responding to a run from the Black Knights in the fourth, Reid singled home sophomore John MacLean in the top of the fifth. Junior Matt Rothenberg scored Peterson later in the inning after a sacrifice fly, and Bryan scored on a throwing error to give Harvard a 10-3 advantage.

The onslaught continued in the sixth, as the Crimson added three more runs. Reid plated McColl when he dropped a single into left field, and Suddleson scored on a fielder's choice later in the frame. Hoffman brought Reid around to score with a single up the gut. Army added one in the bottom half to make the score 13-4.

Following two runs by the Black Knights in the seventh and eighth, Harvard added four scores in the top of the ninth. Suddleson continued his hot weekend with a two-run double to right center, and later scored after an RBI-groundout. Army's third error of the game brought home the 17th run for the Crimson.

Needing a big rally, Army added one in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single, but freshman Kieran Shaw fanned the final hitter to give Harvard the victory.

The Crimson hosts Holy Cross in its home opener Wednesday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. on O'Donnell Field. The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the Ivy League Digital Network.