Pictured: Matt Doyle retired 14 straight batters at one point, striking out seven in 5.0 innings in game one (Jacquie Labatt)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard was swept by visiting Bryant University in an non-conference doubleheader at O'Donnell Field by scores of 3-2 and 12-2. The first game went extra innings while the second game was called one inning early due to darkness.
In the first game, a two-out, two-base error in the top of the eighth inning proved fatal for Harvard as Bryant's leading hitter, David Soltis delivered the eventual game-winning run with a liner to right-center.
In the second game, Bryant benefitted from three walks, a hit batsmen, three wild pitches and three passed balls to take a commanding 5-1 lead through two innings en route to the win.
Harvard received standout relief efforts in both games however. In the opener, Matt Doyle (0-1) was the hard-luck loser. The sophomore righty was unhittable in relief of Joey Novak, retiring 14 straight batters with seven strikeouts before the error in the eighth inning. He yielded only the single to Solits and did not walk a batter in his best career outing.
In the nightcap, Zack Olson gave a tremendous effort as the recently-converted side-arm righty struck out two batters in his two innings of work while not allowing a ball out of the infield.
Freshman third baseman Jake McGuiggan had a pair of doubles in the opener, including one that tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning. Dillon O'Neill had two hits in the nightcap while senior catcher Cole Arledge had his first career homer, a no-doubter that cleared the trees beyond the left-center field fence in the second inning.
Harvard is back in action on Wednesday in the first round of the Beanpot against Massachusetts. The game was recently moved to Northeastern's Friedman Diamond at 4 p.m.