Baseball Splits Twinbill with Division-Leading Yale, 1-8, 10-3

Harvard's Jeff Reynolds looks to glove a throw as Yale's Cale Hanson tries to steal a base during an Ivy league doubleheader at O'Donnell Field on April 24, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard and Yale split another Ivy League doubleheader at O'Donnell Field Sunday afternoon to give the Crimson a series split with the Rolfe Division-leading Bulldogs. Yale took the opener by an 8-1 score before Harvard came back with a loud 10-3 victory in the nightcap.

Yale (22-15, 10-6 Ivy) took the lead in the nightcap on an RBI single from Trey Rallis (4-4, 3 RBI, HR) but Harvard answered with a long RBI double from Jeff Reynolds and a run-scoring single from Sean O'Hara to take the lead.

Harvard (9-31, 5-11 Ivy) starter Ben Sestanovich (2-1) settled in and threw 5.1 effective innings in which he scattered five singles while striking out four.

Harvard took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on another RBI double, this one from O'Hara (3-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB) before breaking the game open with three runs in the fifth on an RBI double from Reynolds and a long two-run opposite field homer from Jack McGuiggan.

Lefty Will Keuper took over for Sestanovich in the sixth inning and finished the game with four hits against three strikeouts and two late runs in 3.2 innings of work for his first save of the season.

The Crimson iced the game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth as four Yale relievers walked four batters and hit another.

Harvard banged out 10 hits, led by O'Hara's 3-for-3 effort. Dillon O'Neill, Reynolds and McGuiggan all had two hits.

In the opener, Yale lefty Chris O'Hara scattered four hits and struck out nine batters in a complete game effort as he improved to 5-0 on the season. Rallis led Yale with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate including a pair of doubles while Andy Kolmar did some damage from the bottom of the order by batting 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Harvard once again received impressive relief efforts from Matt Doyle (1.1 IP, 0 H) and Zack Olson (1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K).

The Crimson now looks forward to playing in the Beanpot championship game Tuesday night against Boston College at Fenway Park. Game time is set for 7 p.m.