Pictured: Eric Eadington threw eight impressive innings in a game two victory.
PRINCETON, N.J. – A pair of close contests saw the Harvard baseball nine split an Ivy League double header at Princeton on Saturday. Princeton rallied for a 4-3 win in 12 innings in the opening game before Harvard answered with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap.
Harvard (7-13, 1-1 Ivy) is back in action tomorrow with a twinbill at Cornell. Princeton sees its record move to 6-14 overall and 1-1 in the Ancient Eight. Harvard out-hit the Tigers, 9-6, in game one and 11-8 in game two.
In the first game, Noel Gonzales-Lun, a transfer from Lamar, singled home the game-winning runs after a leadoff hit, sacrifice bunt and two walks loaded the bases. Harvard has taken the lead in the top of the inning when Jeff Reynolds led off with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice from Tyler Albright.
Matt Grabowski allowed just the one hit in three innings of work to collect the win while Joey Novak took the loss after walking the only two batters he faced in the final inning.
Princeton claimed a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jon Broscious and a triple by Andrew Whitener. Harvard tied the game in the sixth when Kyle Larrow plated Dan Zailskas (single) with a fielder’s choice and Dillon O’Neill doubled home Brent Suter (double).
Reynolds’ three hits led the way for Harvard, which also got a tremendous relief effort from Will Keuper, who threw five hitless innings with six strikeouts.
In game two, Sean O’Hara staked the Crimson to a 2-0 lead with a towering home run to left to score Albright (walk). In the bottom of the inning, Alex Flink singled home Broscious (double) to cut into the lead.
In the sixth, Albright led off with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice by O’Hara with Larrow following with an RBI double to right-center.
Princeton again answered in its half with Broscious homering off Harvard’s Eric Eadington.
Harvard threatened in the seventh when O’Neill doubled to lead off and then stole third but Kevin Link came on in relief of David Palms and got three consecutive strikeouts against the heart of the Crimson’s order to keep it a 3-2 game.
Harvard got an insurance run in the eighth however to make it 4-2 as Albright singled and was again moved to second on a bunt from O’Hara. After a failed pickoff attempt, Larrow laid down a suicide squeeze for the final margin.
Zailskas took over for Eadington in the ninth and retired all three batters he faced with a strikeout to end it for the save. Eadington improved his record to 2-2 with eight strong innings in which he allowed eight hits while walking just one with five strikeouts.
O’Neill, Albright, O’Hara and Larrow all had two hits.