Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Cornell, 7-5 and 9-5

Harvard combined for 27 hits in the two games (Nick Pacino).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its first Ancient Eight contests at O'Donnell Field, Harvard baseball split a pair of outings with Cornell, 7-5 and 9-5.

Senior Josh Ellis led the Crimson (12-13, 1-5 Ivy) with five hits over the two games, while sophomore Trent Bryan and junior John Fallon picked up four apiece. Senior Drew Reid tallied a team-best three RBI, while nine different student-athletes drove in runs over the twin bill.

Game One: Harvard 7, Cornell 5
The Crimson captured its first Ivy victory of the season against the Big Red (12-10, 2-4 Ivy), led by Fallon and Reid's two hits and two RBI. Reid joined sophomore Patrick McColl and freshman Quinn Hoffman with doubles in the game.

Ian Miller got the start for Harvard, scattering six hits and five runs over six innings with five strikeouts. Freshman Hunter Bigge struck out two in a scoreless seventh to earn his first-career save.

The Big Red jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a home run, but the Crimson immediately responded in the bottom of the frame with a two-run double off the bat of Reid.

Cornell again took the lead in the fifth, 3-2, after a sacrifice fly, but Harvard responded with two runs to take a 4-3 lead. Sophomore John MacLean singled home McColl, who opened the output with a double to right field, and Ellis added an RBI-single one batter later to claim the lead.

A two-run sixth helped Harvard regain the lead, 5-4, but the Crimson offense was undeterred, plating three in the bottom of the sixth. A leadoff double from Hoffman energized the Crimson, and he scored instantly after a single from Bryan. A few batters later, Fallon connected on a laser to left field, plating two with a single to give Harvard a 7-5 lead.

Bigge earned his first save in the seventh, and McColl made an acrobatic diving catch with two outs and the bases loaded to secure the victory for the Crimson.

Game Two: Cornell 9, Harvard 5
Bryan and Ellis tallied three hits apiece in the second matchup of the day, but the Big Red went on to triumph, 9-5. Six different Crimson posted multiple hits, while McColl led the Crimson with two RBI. Junior Noah Zavolas got the start, lasting 4.2 innings, while freshman JT Bernard and junior Garrett Rupp finished the game with 4.1 scoreless frames.

An error in the second gave Cornell the lead, but Harvard tied the score with an RBI-fielder's choice by Reid in the bottom half. The Big Red regained the lead in the third after a five-run outburst, giving the visitors a 6-1 lead.

McColl doubled to deep right field in the third, scoring Fallon and Bryan to cut the deficit to 6-5. One inning later, Harvard shortened the gap to 6-5 after RBI singles from Bryan and sophomore Patrick Robinson, scoring Ellis and Hoffman on the plays, respectively.

Cornell tacked on three in the fifth, and Harvard threatened to rally in the eighth, but the Crimson left the bases loaded. Robinson singled in the ninth, but an RBI-groundout closed the afternoon in a series split.

Harvard hosts Princeton in the second twin bill of the weekend on Sunday, April 9 at noon. The games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.