Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Wofford

Photo: John Byrum
Photo: John Byrum

SPARTANBERG, S.C. – The Harvard baseball team (1-2) split its Saturday doubleheader against Wofford (6-4), dropping the first game, 8-0, then following up with a 5-4 victory. The teams will close out the four-game series Sunday at the new time of 10 a.m. at Russell C. King Field. 

Game 1: Harvard 0 Wofford 8 – 7 Innings

The Crimson struggled in the first bill of the doubleheader, allowing six runs in the first two innings. Senior Patrick McColl added the lone extra base hit for Harvard with a double in the fourth inning. 

Game 2: Harvard 5, Wofford 4 – 9 Innings

McColl kicked things off in the first inning for the Crimson, scoring Minato on a single to left center. Wofford would level things at one after sacrifice. In the fourth inning, senior Trent Bryan stretched a routine single into a double, putting him in scoring position for senior Jake Allen, who singled through the right side of the infield to score Bryan from second.  The following inning, McColl hit his second homerun of the season with a long towering shot to right field to push the lead to 3-1. 

The Crimson continued scoring in the eighth inning, thanks to Bryan's sacrifice fly, which scored senior Devan Peterson from third. Allen added his second RBI single of the game, scoring sophomore Buddy Mrowka for what ended up being the decisive run. The Terriers threatened in the bottom half, scoring two on a string of singles.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Senior Ian Miller returned from a season away due to injury with a stellar performance, pitching six innings with one unearned run and eight strikeouts, earning the win in the first game. 
  • McColl added his second homerun in just the third game of the season. He is just one away from his mark of three from last season.
  • Junior Kieran Shaw added his first save of the season, holding off an eighth inning rally from the Terriers in the second game. 
  • Senior Jake Allen contributed two crucial RBIs on his two singles in the second game.
  • The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball Bill Decker is just two wins away from 100 wins as the head coach of the Harvard baseball team. 

Up Next:
The Crimson will look to split the series against Wofford, finishing its four-game series Sunday at 10 a.m. at Russell C. King Field. Kevin Stone is Harvard's probable starter.