The Crimson picked up a win on Saturday thanks to a big seven-run seventh inning in game two. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thanks to a seven-run seventh in game two, the Harvard baseball team split the first two games of the four-game series with Brown. After falling to the Bears (7-16, 1-9 Ivy League) in game one, 5-4, the Crimson (7-19, 2-6 Ivy League) came back with bats on fire to take game two from the visitors, 10-8.
Kyle Larrow (4-for-9, 3R, 2RBI), Mike Martin (3-for-8, R, RBI) and Nick Saathoff (3-for-5, 2R, 2RBI) led the way for the Crimson at the plate as Harvard reeled off 24 hits on the day between the two games.
Sean Poppen got the game one start and was tossing a gem, giving up a lone hit through four innings. During that time, Harvard took a 3-0 lead thanks to a run in the second off a Steven Dill groundout scoring Jack Colton, and a pair of runs in the third off of a Larrow single and a Brandon Kregel sacrifice fly.
But in the top of the fifth, Brown attacked as the Bears piled on four runs on five hits in the frame. Though Poppen yielded the runs, the sophomore kept with it, striking out the side in the sixth and retiring three in a row in the seventh.
After Harvard tied things up in the bottom of the seventh in thrilling fashion. Down to its final out with runners on second and third, Mike Martin skied a deep shot to right, but it bounced out of Marcal's glove to score Carlton Bailey who was planted at third.
From there, however, Brown earned the win thanks to a run in the top of the eighth off of Zack Olson. A sacrifice fly from Massey gave the Bears all they needed for the win in game one.
In game two, the Bears grabbed the first run in the top of the second off of starter Matt Timoney, but the Crimson plated three runs on three hits and three errors in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead. A Larrow single brought home Saathoff, before a Martin fielder's choice scored Jake McGuiggan and an Ethan Ferriera brought home Larrow on a single through the left side.
The Bears dug deep to retake the lead in the fourth, however. Both Marcal and Massey went deep with two-run home runs to deep right field to quickly give Brown a 5-3 lead. In the top of the fifth, the Brown bats stayed powered up as Kerr and Huntley went yard in back-to-back at bats to put the Bears up 7-3 in the blink of an eye.
But Harvard erupted in the bottom of the seventh for seven runs on six hits. After Bailey drew a leadoff walk, and Larrow and Kregel both singled, Ferreira sent a booming double to left center scoring the second and third runs of the inning to cut the Brown lead to 7-6. From there Saathoff gave the Crimson the lead as the first baseman plated both Dill and Ferreira, just before Harvard's order returned to the top. Bailey doubled to right in his second appearance of the inning, driving in Saathoff and Dill to make the ledger read 10-7 in the Crimson's favor.
Sredojevic reached on a fielder's choice in the top of the ninth to make things interesting, but Sam Dodge closed things out to allow Harvard to come away with the Saturday split. The two clubs will be back at it on Sunday for two more games starting at 1 p.m.