Baseball Hits Seven Home Runs, But Falls in Doubleheader to Yale

Ellis tallied his first three career home runs in the twin bill (Elan Kawesch).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On an afternoon where balls continually made their way over the fence, Harvard baseball fell in a pair of contests to Yale, 4-2 and 21-13, on Saturday afternoon at O'Donnell Field.

Senior Josh Ellis led the offense with three home runs, while sophomore Patrick Robinson pitched in two. Sophomore John MacLean and junior John Fallon also hit home runs for Harvard (12-18, 1-9 Ivy), while the two teams combined for 13 total home runs in the doubleheader.

Ellis and Robinson became the second teammates in program history to hit two home runs in the same game, joining Zak Farkes '06 and Schuyler Mann '05, who accomplished the feat against Air Force on March 6, 2004.

Game One: Yale 4, Harvard 2
The Elis (18-13, 9-1) got past Harvard in game one, 4-2. Ellis hit his first-career home run to lead the offense, tallying a team-high two hits in the process. Junior Noah Zavolas threw his first-career complete game, while matching a career-best with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

Yale got out to an early 2-0 lead after a home run in the second, but Ellis responded with a blast down the left field line to pull Harvard within one, 2-1. Tripling its advantage, Yale added two in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.

Harvard got a rally started in the sixth, kicked off by a double from MacLean down the right field line. He later scored after an RBI-single through the right side by junior Austin Black.

Faced with a two-run deficit in the final frame, Harvard could not get on base, falling in the series opener.

Game Two: Yale 21, Harvard 13
A two-way offensive outburst in game two, 11 total home runs were hit in the second game of the day, including two each by Ellis and Robinson. Ellis tallied a team-high three hits and three runs, while Robinson's four RBI matched a game-high. Eight total batters got hits in the game for the Crimson.

Harvard took an early 1-0 lead after a home run from Robinson to left center. Yale, however, responded with a seven-run second inning to take a 7-1 lead following two frames.

The Crimson offense came alive in the second, scoring six runs to tie the game, 7-7. Black scored the opening run on a wild pitch, and Ellis singled home Bryan one batter later. Hoffman stepped up with an RBI-single immediately after, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, and Robinson followed with his second homer of the game, a three-run jack to left field to tie the score.

The Crimson regained the lead, 8-7, in the third after a long home run by MacLean, which was the first shot of his career. Yale responded in the top of the fourth, scoring three to take a 10-8 lead.

Ellis homered for the second-straight game in the fourth, pulling Harvard within one, but Yale responded with a shot of their own to take a 12-9 lead. The Elis later added one in the top of the sixth.

Ellis belted a home run for the second-straight at-bat in the seventh, giving Harvard two multi-home run hitters for the second time in program history. The Bulldogs tallied eight runs over the final three frames to take further control.

Harvard tallied three runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull within eight, led by a two-run home run from Fallon to center field. Sophomore Rey Pascual scored the Crimson's final run of the day, crossing the plate after a passed ball.

Harvard and Yale continue the four-game set on Sunday, April 16 at noon. The action will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.