Pictured: Sean O'Hara
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard and Yale split a baseball doubleheader at Yale Field Wednesday afternoon. Harvard took the first game 14-12 before Yale salvaged a split with an 8-3 win in the nightcap.
Harvard (15-23, 8-8 Ivy) sits three games behind Dartmouth in the Red Rolfe Division heading into this weekend's home-and-home series against the Big Green starting on Saturday at O'Donnell Field. Yale sees it record move to 18-21-1 and 5-11 in the league. The Bulldogs take on Brown this weekend.
The first game was a wild affair as Harvard jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the top of the third inning only to see Yale score the next 11 runs while loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Harvard scratched for a run in the top of the sixth but stranded two runners in scoring position and Yale answered in its half. Brent Suter came on to finally shut the door on the Bulldogs with a scoreless ninth inning.
Sean O'Hara doubled twice and tripled in his first three plate appearances, finishing 3-for-6 with six runs batted in. Tyler Albright had a pair of RBI singles and Dan Zailskas also drove home two runs and Chris Rouches had three hits in the Crimson's 18-hit attack.
Max Perlman earned his first win in over two years as he continued to work his way back from an injury suffered after earning Freshmen All-America status in 2007. Suter's scoreless ninth earned him his first save of the season.
The second game was marked by frustration for the Crimson, which banged out 11 more hits only to hit sharply into four double plays to negate its advantage.
Yale jumped out to a 7-0 lead against a trip of Harvard underclassmen pitchers and the Crimson could not make up the ground.
Franklin, Reynolds and Zailskas all had two hits.