Harvard Baseball Sweeps Brown, 7-4 & 4-2
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard swept an Ivy League baseball doubleheader from Brown University at O'Donnell Field on Friday with the Crimson winning by scores of 7-4 and 4-2.
With the wins, Harvard (10-26, 6-8 Ivy) remains 3.0 games behind first place Dartmouth (9-5 Ivy), which defeated Yale in a pair of one-run games on Friday.
Harvard and Brown (7-28, 4-10 Ivy) return to O'Donnell Field at noon on Saturday for another twinbill.
Brown, which came into the game leading the Ivy League in team hitting, was limited to 13 hits in the two games by Harvard's pitching staff.
In game one, Harvard came back from a 4-1 deficit and scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to win going away. In the decision inning, a one-out passed ball forced Brown into an intentional walk after starter Anthony Galan (L, 1-5) fell behind speedy freshman Mike Martin in the count, 3-0. Pinch hitter Nick Saathoff then worked a full count walk to load the bases and chase Galan from the game. Jeff Reynolds met reliever Taylor Wright with a long opposite field double down the right field line to bring home two runs. Steve Dill was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home the final run.
Starting pitcher Brent Suter (W, 2-5) made short work of the Bears in the final inning as he retired the final eight batters he faced and 13 of the final 14. Suter exhibited his usual masterful control and did not walk a batter while striking out four and allowing just six hits.
Cody Slaughter touched Suter for a two-run homer in the third inning but he was the only Brown batter to figure out Harvard's lefty as he added a double in the first.
In game two, pinch hitter Carlton Bailey delivered a two-run double to the base of the center field wall in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. With one out, tiring ace Heath Mayo (L, 2-2, 117 pitches) walked Reynolds with one out. With two outs, McGuiggan hit a wind-aided single to center that sent Reynolds to third. Brown chose to intentionally walk Colton, who had put good swings on Mayo pitches throughout the game, to load the bases. Bailey came to the plate and sent the first pitch he saw from the side-armer deep over the centerfielder's head. Brown received a break when the ball bounced up and hit the trees beyond the fence avoid a certain three-run triple.
In the ninth, a leadoff fielding error by the Crimson and a full count walk forced Harvard to go to right-handed closer Zach Olson (sv, 4). Olson struck out two of the three batters he faced and got the other to ground out to seal the victory.
Baron Davis (W, 2-2) continued his impressive string of games with the sophomore throwing two hitless innings of relief for starter Conner Hulse (ND), who also pitched well in striking out six and scattering seven hits.
McGuiggan had two more hits in the nightcap for the Crimson. He was 2-for-2 in the opening game with a solo homer and is batting .500 in his last 10 Ivy League games (17-for-34).