BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Harvard baseball team (1-3) struggled in its second double header against Samford (5-3) on Saturday afternoon, dropping the first game 8-0 and the second 3-1. Freshman Buddy Hayward scored the lone run for the Crimson off a Devan Peterson hit. Four different pitchers took the mound today, combining for nine strikeouts.
Game One: Harvard 0, Samford 8 (9 Innings)
The Crimson had trouble finding its footing in game one, securing just two hits.
Kieran Shaw led the pitching brigade, throwing five strikeouts over five innings and allowing just two earned runs, before yielding the mound to Garrett Rupp for two innings, and JT Bernard for one inning.
Samford scored just two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, before scoring six runs to close the inning.
Game Two: Harvard 1, Samford 3 (7 innings)
Harvard was able to keep Samford in check on the back end of the double header, holding the Bulldogs to three runs and eight hits. Buddy Hayward stepped up for the Crimson, collecting hits on two of three at bats and scoring the lone double and run for Harvard today. Hayward's score came off a single from Devan Peterson in the top of the fourth.
Kevin Stone pitched six innings for the Crimson, recording a pair of strikeouts.
The Crimson will head west next weekend for a four-game series with New Mexico State.