The Crimson grabbed its first win of the year against a battle-tested Lamar. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
BEAUMONT, Texas – The Harvard baseball team earned its first victory of the season on Friday, shutting out the Lamar Cardinals, 4-0, in the clubs' series opener. Shortstop Carlton Bailey drove in two of the Crimson's four scores on the day, the first of which came in the second inning, sparking the first win of 2014.
Sean Poppen earned the win for Harvard, moving to 1-0 on the year after going 6.0 strong innings of four-hit work, striking out a season-high eight batters, allowing just three walks while keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Tanner Anderson earned the save, his first of the year, bringing things home with his 1.2 innings of one-hit work on the bump. Anderson struck out one, walking just a batter in the process.
Kyle Larrow, Brandon Kregel and Anderson, who DH'd and pitched the last inning-plus, all grabbed multi-hit games, while Ethan Ferreira (1-for-3, 2R) scored twice for the Crimson in the winning effort.
Looking for its first win of the year, Harvard got a spark in the second frame after Ferreira rocked a one-out double to left to open things up. After Steve Dill drew a walk in the very next at bat, Anderson singled to center to chuck the bags. Bailey's single through the right side allowed Klug to come up in the nine-hole to knock in another run with his single down the right field line to make it 2-0 after two.
Anderson singled again in the fourth, this time through the left side, and eventyally came around after a Larrow single to first sent him across home to make it 3-0 in the visitors' favor. All the while, Poppen was able to make quick work of the Cardinals' bats, never seeing more than four batters through three innings, but getting out of precarious jams through six. Anderson struck out three of the last six batters he faced, getting a pair of Lamar bats to ground out to short to end the sixth with the lead in hand.
Even though the Crimson suffered a double play in the seventh, Harvard managed to tack on one more score in the eighth, after Ferreira started things off by being hit by a pitch. The catcher eventually made his way around the horn after a Dill sac bunt and an Anderson single, setting up Bailey's second RBI of the day with a sac bunt to the mound.
After Kevin Rex and Zack Olson fended off the Lamar bats over 1.1 innings, Anderson kept things quiet, finishing off the last 1.2 frames without a scratch as the Crimson came away with the 4-0 win to take the first game of the series. The two clubs meet tomorrow in a double header, before a series-ending rubbermatch on Sunday.