Baseball Rallies Past UMass Lowell, 4-3

Baseball Rallies Past UMass Lowell, 4-3

Robinson doubled home two in the ninth (Nick Pacino).

LOWELL, Mass. – Batting around the order in the final inning, Harvard baseball scored four runs in the ninth to push past UMass Lowell, 4-3, on Thursday evening at Lelacheur Park.

Harvard (17-21) got two hits from sophomore Patrick Robinson, including a two-RBI double in the ninth inning, while junior Jake Forte drove in his first-career run with an RBI single over the head of the River Hawks' third baseman. Senior Matt Hink made his first-career start on the mound, scattering six hits and two runs with one strikeout over four innings, while freshman Grant Stone earned his third win of the season in relief, fanning four over two frames.

UMass Lowell (20-17) got out to an early 2-0 lead in the fourth after an RBI-single and sacrifice fly, and tacked on a third run in the sixth with a second sacrifice fly.

Needing a spark entering the final frame, senior Drew Reid kicked off the rally with a double to left center. Following walks from sophomore Devan Peterson and freshman Chad Minato, Forte singled home Reid with his first-career hit to pull Harvard within two, 3-1.

Robinson was the next batter up, taking the second pitch he saw over the head of the left fielder for a two-RBI double, tying the score at 3-3. The double was Robinson's team-high 12th of the year, and his 23rd hit for extra bases this season. Harvard took the lead for good later in the inning after Forte crossed home on a UMass Lowell wild pitch.

In his second inning of relief, Stone got a pair of strikeouts and a pop out to close the game and earn the win.

Harvard baseball will celebrate its senior class as it finishes Ivy play this weekend with a home and home series against Dartmouth. Both twin bills will start at 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the latter doubleheader will be broadcast on ESPN3.