BROOKLINE, Mass. – Harvard's Jeff Reynolds was 5-for-5 with seven runs batted in Tuesday afternoon as the baseball team defeated Northeastern by a score of 13-12 at Parsons Field. Harvard (11-17) has now defeated Northeastern (6-14) in nine straight seasons.
Reynolds, who also had two stolen bases in the game, doubled in the second, tripled home two runs in the third, had an RBI single in the fifth and two-run singles in both the sixth and eighth innings. Fittingly, his two-out, two-run single in the eighth provided the winning run as the Crimson held off a Huskies team that had answered virtually every Harvard spurt.
Each team had 14 hits and scored in six of its nine at bats with the Crimson putting up a five-spot in the fifth inning and Northeastern managing four runs in the sixth.
In the ninth, Connor Hulse worked around a single and a walk to strike out cleanup hitter Frank Compagnone for the final out for the save. Marcus Way got the win on the mound (2-1) after starting the game as the DH. Way, the third of four pitchers on the day, struck out three batters and allowed two hits in 2.2 innings.
Sean O'Hara singled in his only official at bat with three walks (one intentional) and a sacrifice fly as he scored four times. Dan Zailskas also had a 3-for-5 afternoon.
Harvard jumped on top with a run in the first as O'Hara drove home Greg Davey (walk) with a sacrifice fly. Northeastern took the lead in the bottom of the frame with two runs on the strength of extra base hits by Matt Miller and David Gustafson.
Harvard tied the game in the second as Reynolds led off with a double and came around to score on a two-out double from Zailskas. The Crimson put together a two-out rally in the third as sharp singles from O'Hara and Way were followed by a line drive triple to the left-center gap by Reynolds. Both runs scored on the drive and Harvard led 4-2.
Harvard starter Matt Doyle lost his control in the third and got chased after hitting a batter (his third of the game) and walking two more including a bases loaded walk to make it a 4-3 game with one out. Joey Novak relieved Doyle and walked home the fourth Huskies' run but rebounded with consecutive strikeouts to work out of further trouble.
Harvard scored five times in the fifth for a 9-4 lead. Danny Moskovits started it with a long RBI triple to center field and came around on an RBI single from Reynolds. Tyler Albright scored two more with a long double to right-center and came around on a sacrifice fly from Sam Franklin.
NU answered in its at bat as Ryan Maguire drove home two with a double inside the third base bag to make it 9-6.
Reynolds struck again for Harvard in the sixth with a two-out, two-run single for an 11-6 lead.
Once again NU answered as Brendan Stokes lofted a broken bat RBI single to center and Jon Leroux drove home two with a triple to right-center to make it an 11-9 game. That chased Novak form game as Way moved from DH to the mound. A sacrifice fly made it a one-run game going into the seventh.
There was a double momentum shift in the bottom of the seventh when Miller walked with one out. An errant pickoff attempt put him in motion to second base but the Huskies got greedy and tried taking third on the play. Zailskas corralled the loose ball well into right field and threw a dart to Moskovits at third to nail him for an important out with the middle of NU's lineup due up.
In the eighth, O'Neill led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Moskovits. NU intentionally walked O'Hara and, after each stole a base, the Crimson had runners in scoring position with two outs. Reynolds delivered again, guiding a 2-2 pitch down the right field line for two more RBI and a 13-10 lead.
Again NU answered as Loan Gillis collected a two-RBI double inside the third base bag with two outs in the eighth to again make it a one-run game at 13-12 and leading to the final events.
Harvard is back in action Wednesday afternoon as the Crimson takes on Boston College in the first round of the Beanpot at Brockton's Campanelli Stadium.