WORCESTER, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-6 victory at Holy Cross Wednesday evening in the Crimson's first game in the New England region.
With Harvard (2-16) clinging to a one-run lead in the ninth inning, Brent Suter made a rare appearance out of the bullpen to save the game. Suter inherited runners on the corners with one out and cleanup hitter Jordan Enos at the plate. Suter got a swinging strikeout of Enos and then picked off baseunner Chris Sintetos to end the game. Holy Cross sees its record dip to 11-10 with the loss.
Harvard, which planned to change pitchers every inning in preparation for its Ivy League-opening weekend, used 10 pitchers in the game. Despite allowing 14 hits, only one run was earned as the Crimson worked around four errors with two key errors belonging to the pitchers.
Harvard jumped out early as Marcus Way, in his first game back since March 11, crushed a first inning home run to right-center for a 1-0 lead.
A four-run fourth inning was highlighted by a two-out, two-run double down the left field line by Robert Wineski. The Crimson scored twice more in the fifth as Jeff Reynolds doubled for a second-straight inning and came around on an RBI single from Carlton Bailey. Steven Dill then scored on a wild pitch.
Holy Cross struck for four runs in the bottom of the frame as a costly two-out fielding error on pitcher Tanner Anderson opened the door with the Crusaders logging six-straight hits to get back into the game.
In the seventh, two walks and a hit batsman were followed by a fielding error to make it a 7-5 game. Captain Andrew Ferreira came out of the bullpen to strike out four batters in 1.2 innings to maintain order going into the ninth when the Crusaders got a leadoff single against Joey Novak. The top of the order then came up and a throwing error on Novak put two runners on. Following a sacrifice bunt, Sintetos delivered a run-scoring signal prompting head coach Joe Walsh to bring in Suter to close it out.
Baron Davis (1-1) earned the victory as the Crimson grabbed the 1-0 lead in the first and never relinquished it. Bailey had a three-hit game for the Crimson while also reaching after being hit by a pitch. Jack Colton and Reynolds each had a pair of hits.