CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team dropped a pair of Ivy League contests to visiting Pennsylvania on Sunday at O'Donnell Field by scores of 7-0 and 8-5. The second game was played under protest from the bottom of the eighth inning after a rules interpretation.
In the opener, Penn's Cody Thomson (2-1) allowed five hits in a complete game effort. Harvard's best chance came in the second when Jake McGuiggan doubled to lead off and moved to third on a grounder. Harvard missed on a suicide squeeze and McGuiggan was thrown out on the play.
Penn opened a close game with five runs in the fifth inning – all scored with two outs as Rick Brebner had a bases loaded infield single with the bases loaded with Ryan Dietrich and Spencer Branigan followed with two-run hits.
The nightcap was one of frustration for Harvard as the Crimson stranded 11 runners, hit into two untimely double plays and committed seven errors leading to five unearned Quaker runs.
With Penn leading 2-1 in the second, Harvard had the bases loaded and leadoff hitter Jack Colton at the plate. Colton ripped a shot but it was right at Penn third baseman Brebner, who stepped on the bag and made the throw to first to get out of the jam.
In the seventh, Harvard had runners on first and second when Ethan Ferreira lined a shot destined for left field only to be turned back by Derek Vigoa at shortstop who made a leaping catch before flipping the ball to second base for a double play. Harvard also left the bases loaded with one out in the fifth.
McGuiggan continued his hot weekend with a 3-for-3 effort in the nightcap while Jeff Reynolds had two hits in the opener.
Brebner and Dietrich each had four hits on the day.
Harvard is back in action on Tuesday against Boston College in the first round of the annual Beanpot Tournament. The game will be played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. at 2:30.