NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard baseball team (14-16, 4-5 Ivy) fell in back-to-back contests with Yale (14-15, 9-3 Ivy) this afternoon at Yale Field in New Haven. The Elis took the opening game 10-6 despite a Crimson comeback from a 7-2 deficit to put itself within one run. In game two, the Bulldogs sharpened their game, going three up, three down in six of nine innings.
Patrick McColl had the Elis number, going five-for-seven at bat today for a .714 average. The junior scored one run and ran five total bases through the twin bill. Devan Peterson also had a standout day, posting a .400 average at bat, connecting on two of five attempts and notching a team-high four RBI on his grand slam in game one.
From the bullpen, the Crimson saw a combined effort from eight different pitchers at the mound today. Hunter Bigge and Simon Rosenblum-Larson led with five innings pitched each and Bigge tied his career high of eight strikeouts. The rest of the pitching staff combined for 10 strikeouts, eight walks and 18 hits in the doubleheader.
Game One: Harvard 6, Yale 10 (9 Innings)
Despite being down 2-0 and 7-2 on the opening end of today's twin bill, Devan Peterson's first career grand slam nearly erased a five-run deficit in the top of the seventh, threatening Yale's grip on the game. The Elis would manage three more runs on the back end of the seventh to secure game two of the series.
Patrick McColl led the team, connecting on three of four at bats while Devan Peterson paired his four RBI with a .500 batting average over four attempts. Hunter Bigge started the game for the Crimson and tied his career high of eight strikeouts in five innings pitched. Grant Stone, Jack Mahala, John MacLean and Enzo Stefanoni also made appearances on the mound in game one today.
Yale struck first in the opening frame when Griffin Dey singled to center field allowing Simon Whiteman to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.
The Elis doubled their lead in the third when Tim DeGraw stole third base and plated a run on a Crimson error.
Harvard came roaring back when Jake Suddleson hit a single that allowed Ben Skinner to score. As Suddleson rounded first he caught sight of Patrick McColl near third base. Suddleson proceeded to get caught in a rundown long enough for McColl to score and was able to reach second on the throw.
Yale took the lead right back in the sixth off a Cal Christifori three-RBI double down the right field line to put the Elis up 5-2. The Bulldogs added another score when the wind sent a left field single awry, out of Patrick Robinson's reach. Yale rounded out its power inning with a sacrifice fly from Alex Stiegler to head to the seventh with a five-run advantage.
On the back end of the seventh, a Yale single to left field allowed Harry Hegeman to round two bases to give the Bulldogs an 8-6 lead.
Yale made quick work of the Crimson in the eighth and ninth, including a double-play, to tie the season series at one.
Simon Rosenblum-Larson led off the second game for Harvard, throwing five innings and four strikeouts while allowing three walks and seven hits. Kieran Shaw appeared for 2.2 innings, tossing three batters and allowing one walk and a run.
An early error from Harvard gave Yale enough room to post a run in the first off the bat of Benny Wanger.
In the third, the Bulldogs were able to tally two more on wild pitches from the Crimson mound.
The Elis maintained control of the game through the fifth, stringing together four consecutive three up, three down innings.
In the eighth, Cal Christofori upped Yale's lead to four with a double down the right field line that drove in Teddy Hague.
In the top of the ninth, Patrick McColl and Jake Suddleson were able to get into scoring position with just one out in the inning. Harvard denied the shutout when Austin Black grounded out, allowing McColl to score. On the next batter, the Bulldogs were able to secure the third out, and season series with a 4-1 final score.
Harvard will make a quick turnaround to fit in its rescheduled series with Princeton this coming Tuesday and Wednesday in Princeton, N.J. before hosting Brown at O'Donnell Field next weekend.