ORLANDO, Fla. – Harvard limited 19th-ranked Central Florida to just two hits on Saturday but the Golden Knights got the breaks in a 4-2 victory over the Crimson.
Seven of Harvard's (1-11) losses this season have come by three runs or fewer and six by two runs or less.
Despite the UCF (15-5) offense only collecting two hits, freshmen pitchers Eric Skoglund and Garrett Nuss duo kept the Crimson (1-11) batters off balance all afternoon as both Skoglund and Nuss tied career highs in strikeouts with seven and five, respectively.
Skoglund (3-1) came out dealing, striking out the side on 12 pitches in the first inning, and the first five-of-six batters overall. In the sixth, Nuss entered the ballgame and tossed four innings of one-hit ball to pick up his first-career save.
Harvard's Joey Novak started the game with 10-straight balls and only lasted 2/3 of an inning after walking three and hitting two batters while surrendering two runs on 29 pitches. UCF got a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly for a two-run first inning. In the second, a single, error, wild pitch and a ground out made it 3-0.
In the bottom-half of the inning, UCF scored the final run on a walk, stolen base, throwing error and a sacrifice fly.
Nuss came into the game and stranded runners on second and third in the top of the sixth, and held down the Crimson the rest of the way.