Carlton Bailey is 5-12 through three games this spring (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Harvard baseball team built a 3-0 lead midway through the second inning, but No. 19 Virginia stormed back for 11 runs, including seven in the fifth to knock off the Crimson, 11-5, Saturday afternoon. Freshman DJ Link had a three-hit day, while juniors Carlton Bailey and sophomore Brandon Kregel added two hits.
Sophomore Matt Timoney (0-1) took the loss in relief for Harvard (1-2) and Whit Mayberry (3-0) earned the win to keep Virginia (12-0) undefeated.
The Cavaliers opened the game for Harvard with shaky defensive play in the first inning. Bailey led off with a single, before an error and a walk loaded the bases with one out. The Cavaliers blunders continued with a wild pitch, to move each runner up 90 feet and score the first unearned run, and a throwing error on the shortstop to plate another Harvard run.
The Crimson were limited to the two runs in the first, but tacked on another in the second. Senior co-captain Robert Wineski, yesterday's extra-inning hero, walked to start the frame and junior Jeff Hajdin moved him over with a sac bunt. Bailey then came to the plate and singled to center to send Wineski home and give the Crimson a 3-0 advantage.
Virginia answered in the bottom half of the second with a three-run homer down the right field line from lefty Mike Papi. The shot tied the score until the fifth inning, when Link drove in Kregel, who had doubled, to make it 4-3.
That advantage was short lived, as the Cavaliers sent 10 players to the plate and put up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. Virginia totaled four extra-base hits in the inning, three doubles and a Joe McCarthy homer, to take a commanding lead.
Another Virginia run in the seventh inning padded the Cavaliers lead and Harvard failed to muster a comeback of its own. The Crimson added its last run in the eighth inning because of a Link single, followed by a ground out, balk and wild pitch.
Harvard plays Bucknell tomorrow at 11 a.m. in a rematch of the Crimson's season-opener. The Bison surrendered a two-out, two-strike RBI single to Wineski in the bottom of the 10th inning on Friday to give Bill Decker, The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, his first win at the helm of the Crimson.