Jeff Hajdin slides safely to second base during his third-inning double at BC (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team scored six runs for the second straight game for the first time this season, but it was not enough as local rival Boston College got past the Crimson, 8-6, Wednesday afternoon in the Eagles' home opener. Harvard stormed back from an 8-2 deficit to get the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth before running out of outs.
Jeff Hajdin led the Crimson with a double and a single out of the No. 9 spot, as seven different Crimson players contributed hits, and Brandon Kregel slammed Harvard's first home run of the season.
Harvard's (4-17) bullpen was strong in the game after BC (5-22) scored seven times in the first 2.1 innings off of starter Peter Kaplan (0-4). Jordan Haviland, Baron Davis and Matt Timoney combined to go 5.2 innings in relief, while allowing just three hits and one earned run. Davis had the most impressive line of the trio with three innings pitched, one hit and no runs.
BC opened the scoring with two runs in the second, before Harvard tied it up in the top of the third. A Hajdin leadoff double sparked the rally, which saw the junior score on a wild pitch and Kregel pick up a RBI sac fly.
Harvard failed to keep the score knotted for long, as BC came back with five runs in the third and another in the fourth to pull ahead 8-2.
Facing a six-run hole, the Crimson came back for a single tally in the fifth and two more in the sixth to trim the Eagles' lead to 8-5. The fifth-inning score came off of a Mitch Klug double to drive home Mike Martin, who had walked, before Harvard strung together four straight hits in the sixth. Carlton Bailey started the inning with a walk to set the table for the bottom of the order. Robert Wineski, DJ Link, Hajdin and Martin all contributed singles, to lead to two runs, but the bases-loaded opportunity was ended by a force out at home, fly out to left and foul pop out to the BC first baseman.
With the bullpen keeping the game close, Harvard looked for another rally in the top of the ninth and received a spark from Kregel's one-out solo blast to cut the score to 8-6. A Tanner Anderson fly out to center had the Crimson clinging to its last out, but Nick Saathoff wore a pitch for a free pass and Bailey singled to give life to the Harvard dugout. Wineski followed by driving an offering from BC's Nick Poore (Save, 1) to center that Tom Bourdon squeezed to end the ball game.
The Crimson is back in action this weekend against Ivy League foes Cornell (Saturday) and Princeton (Sunday) at O'Donnell Field. Each day features a doubleheader starting at noon.