The Crimson combined for 16 runs during the two contests (Tim Cowie).
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Continuing its four game series with Army, Harvard baseball notched a pair of victories on Friday, 8-5 and 8-3, at J. Russel Stadium to improve to 3-0 in the four-game series.
Harvard (10-7) was strong at the plate, tallying eight runs in each contest to earn the two wins over Army (9-8). Second baseman Jake McGuiggan led the offense in game one with his second home run of the year and two RBI, bringing his season total to a team-leading 13. Mitch Klug, Drew Reid and DJ Link each recorded two hits and brought home a teammate as well.
In the second contest of the day, an 8-3 Harvard triumph, Matt Hink singled home a duo of teammates, while Mike Martin, Klug, Matt Rothenberg, Link and Conor Quinn each recorded an RBI in the game as well.
On the mound, Nick Gruener and Matt Timoney each pitched six innings to earn victories, their second and third, respectively, of the season. Gruener scattered nine hits and gave up five runs, striking out four Army hitters. Timoney also allowed nine hits, but only gave up two runs while tallying four K's to pick up the team-lead in wins.
In the first contest, the Black Knights hopped out to an early two-run lead in the first inning, before Link singled home Quinn to cut the deficit in half. The Crimson tied the score in the top of the fifth when Klug brought home Martin with a single through the gap.
After an Army run in the bottom of the sixth shifted the advantage towards the Black Knights, Harvard erupted for a six-run top of the seventh inning, highlighted by McGuiggan's two-run blast with one out. Sean O'Neill recorded the final three outs on the hill to finish off the first-game triumph.
Switching to a nine-inning format in the second contest of the day, Harvard took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Rothenberg's two-out single scored Klug from second base. The Black Knights responded in the top of the second, and added an additional run in the top of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.
For the second-straight game, the Crimson bats came alive in the sixth, as singles from Link and Hink and a double from Quinn combined to plate four Harvard baserunners. Harvard tallied three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth of the bats of Martin, McGuiggan and Klug to seal the victory.
Harvard finishes its four-game set with Army on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. before returning to the Northeast for the start of Ivy Play.