OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Harvard and New York Institute of Technology split another nonleague doubleheader baseball set Sunday afternoon at President's Field with the Crimson taking a 3-0 decision in the opener and the home team rebounding for a 5-2 win in the nightcap.
Harvard (3-15) will open its home schedule on Wednesday with a 3:30 game against Holy Cross.
In the opener, NYIT (3-11) had no answer for Crimson lefty Brent Suter (1-2), who threw a two-hit gem in which he walked one batter while striking out nine in the seven-inning game. Suter struck out the side in the second inning, had four-straight K's spanning the first and second innings and had five whiffs in the first two frames.
Harvard broke a scoreless tie with the game's only runs in the top of the fifth. Jon Smart led off the inning with a single and Dillon O'Neill followed with a double. Sam Franklin and Jeff Reynolds drove in runs with a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly, respectively, and Sean O'Hara added a run-scoring single.
In the nightcap, NYIT touched Conner Hulse for four runs, only two of them earned), in the first three innings to take the early lead. Already enjoying a 2-0 lead in the third, a leadoff error and a catcher's interference call did the damage.
Harvard came back with two runs in the fifth as O'Hara singled home O'Neill (single) and Reynolds, who singled earlier, scored on a wild pitch.
NYIT got a run back in the sixth and had the bases loaded by Joey Novak induced an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play ball while also getting a twin-killing in the next frame as he supplied 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.
O'Hara and O'Neill each had a pair of hits.