Poppen turned in another solid performance on the mound in Game 1 for the Crimson on Sunday (Gil Talbot)
NEW HAVEN, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team dropped a pair of heartbreaking, extra-inning contests to Yale on Sunday. The Crimson (10-24, 5-11 Ivy) fell to the Bulldogs 17-19 (9-7 Ivy) in Game 1 of the doubleheader, 1-0, in eight innings, before suffering a second late loss in Game 2, 7-6, in 10 innings.
Harvard enjoyed solid pitching in both outings, starting with Sean Poppen's 7.2 strong innings in the Easter Sunday noon opener. Poppen gave up just seven hits to the Bulldogs and got himself out of a couple of jams early on as well, stranding seven Yale runners throughout. But Chris Lanham befuddled the Crimson lineup in his own right, yielding just two hits all game. In the bottom of the eighth, Baldwin ended things with a walk-off sacrifice fly, sending a deep enough shot to left center to score Hsieh for the win.
The Crimson bounced back in Game 2 offensively, but once again effective pitching gave Harvard a chance. Danny Moskovits went 6.0 innings in his start, allowing three runs (all unearned, however) on just five hits. The senior righty fanned five in the no-decision.
After an error opened things up in the bottom of the second, Yale tacked on three runs, capped off by a two-RBI double from O'Neill to give the home club an early 3-0 lead. From there though, the Crimson struck back in the top of the next frame. After Jake McGuiggan singled to left and Carlton Bailey's double quickly put two runners in scoring position, Kyle Larrow cashed in the opportunity, driving two runs in with a base hit up the middle. After Mike Martin moved him up a station during his at bat, Larrow came across as Harvard's third run of the stanza on a wild pitch.
With things knotted at 3-3, Harvard took control in the top of the sixth. After Larrow doubled and Martin reached by being hit by a pitch, Brandon Kregel loaded the bags with no outs after drawing a walk. From there Matt Hink was struck by a pitch to bring home Larrow just before Jack Colton drove a pair of runs in with one swing of the bat, sending a single to left to give the Crimson a 6-3 advantage.
After Nick Scahill replaced Moskovits on the bump, the sophomore got two batters to go looking en route to a 1-2-3 sixth. But the Bulldogs came back to tie things up in the eighth, however, thanks in part to Nate Adams' two-run triple and an O'Neill RBI double, eventually forcing extra innings for the second time in as many games.
Derek Brown represented the winning after his single put him on first, an O'Neil hit-by-pitch moved him to second and a wild pitch sent him to third in consecutive at bats. From there, Green Campbell drove in Brown to win things with a single up the middle.
The Crimson looks to rebound from the weekend with a date with UMass in the Beanpot Championship game on Monday at 4 p.m. at Northeastern's Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.