Pictured: Tyler Albright had his first three-hit day of the season Wednesday.
GREENSBORO N.C. – Eric Brindle’s two-out single in the 10th inning enabled North Carolina Greensboro to defeat Harvard by a score of 4-3 on Wednesday.
Harvard (3-6), which has now dropped a pair of extra inning games on its trip, will complete its two-game series with UNCG tomorrow.
UNCG (10-5), which has four walk-off wins this season already, jumped on top with a single run in the second inning but Harvard cracked the run column in the third. Marcus Way walked on four pitches with the bases loaded and no outs shortly after the Crimson had pulled off its second double steal in as many innings. The bases loaded walk forced a pitching change for UNCG after Alex Shelton issued six free passes in two-plus innings with four steals, one hit and one strikeout. Sean O’Hara and Dan Zailskas followed with ground ball fielder’s choices against reliever Wes McBride as the Crimson took a 3-1 lead into the fifth when Ray Quinones tied the game on a two-run homer.
Berardo struck out four and allowed seven hits in his first start of the year, throwing five effective innings before giving way to the Will Keuper out of the bullpen.
Keuper was impressive, going the rest of the way before being the tough-luck loser to even his record at 1-1. The sophomore lefty allowed just three hits in 4.2 innings while striking out three.
Harvard had plenty of chances but couldn’t break through in its final seven at bats. The Crimson had a runner on base in all but one inning and put a runner at third twice without being able to cross the plate against three relievers.
Sam Franklin and Tyler Albright had three hits each while the team collected five steals in all.