Nick Saathoff sent his first homer out of the park Sunday against Yale (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team earned its second doubleheader split in as many days with rival Yale Sunday afternoon. The Crimson captured the first game, 6-2, thanks to a complete game from Tanner Anderson, but dropped the second, 5-2.
Anderson (1-4) threw all seven innings of Game 1 for Harvard (8-24, 5-7 Ivy League) and allowed two runs on four hits. The Bulldogs scored an unearned run in the first inning to jump out to a 1-0 lead, which Yale (8-21, 5-7 Ivy League) held until the fourth when the Crimson plated three runs. Nick Saathoff drove in all three with one swing of the bat on a towering home run to left field that sailed over the bushes that surround O'Donnell Field's outfield wall.
Yale answered with a single run in the top of the fifth, but Harvard came back for three more in the bottom of the inning off of starting pitcher Chris Moates (0-4). Brandon Kregel had a two-RBI double down the left field line and Anderson helped his own cause by driving home Kregel with a single to provide the Crimson with a 6-2 advantage.
Anderson kept the game at 6-2 with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh to pick up his first win of the spring.
The Bulldogs scored on the first pitch of Game 2, when David Toups sent a Baron Davis offering over the right field fence, and never looked back. Davis allowed another first inning run, before settling down and shutting out Yale for the next four frames. The junior worked out of two bases loaded jams to keep the Crimson within striking distance and Harvard responded by tying the score in the fourth.
The Crimson scored its first two runs after Toups booted a grounder that could have been the third out of the inning. Carlton Bailey scored on Mike Martin's grounder that Toups could not handle and Mitch Klug followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 2-2.
The game remained squared until the sixth when Harvard doomed itself with four walks, a wild pitch and an error that led to two Yale runs. Jordan Haviland came in for Peter Kaplan, who had started the inning on the hill, and held the Bulldogs at two by inducing a weak grounder to third with the bases loaded and two outs on the first pitch of his appearance.
The Bulldogs tacked on another in the seventh and Harvard failed to put together a late-inning rally.
The Crimson is back on the diamond next Saturday and Sunday in Providence, R.I., against Brown. The Red Rolfe Division foes will play two doubleheaders starting at noon each day.