Pictured: Will Keuper earned the save in Saturday's second game.
HARTFORD, Conn. – The late innings saw plenty of action Saturday as Harvard and Sacred Heart split a twinbill played in Hartford, Conn. The Pioneers took game one, 1-0, before Harvard rallied to take the nightcap by a score of 3-2.
In the first game, Sacred Heart (6-11) scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth and won the game in the next inning as Steve Tedesco threw Brent Suter out at home plate with the possible trying run. In the second game, Harvard’s (4-11) Kyle Larrow drove home the eventual game-winning run in the sixth inning while Will Keuper recorded the final four outs to earn the save.
Harvard put runners in scoring position with one out in both the fourth and fifth innings. Marcus Way doubled with one out in the fourth and advanced on a groundout but was stranded. In the fifth, Suter singled with one out and two batters later, the Crimson had the bases loaded following an error and a walk. Both times, Ray Corcoran worked his way out of trouble to keep the game scoreless.
Sacred Heart, meanwhile, could do little against Conner Hulse. The Pioneers got just two runners into scoring position through the first five innings and then again in the sixth as Mike Drowne doubled with two outs on a ball that got lost in the sun in left field. Tedesco then reached on a critical error, scoring Drowne from second base with the unearned run.
Mike Korevec came on the close out the game but Suter led off with a single and Kyle Larrow worked a full count walk to turn over the top of Harvard’s order. Jeff Reynolds dropped down a perfect bunt that turned into a hit, loading the bases. Sam Franklin lined a shot to left field, which Tedesco flagged down and then gunned down Suter trying to score from third for a key double play. Koreve then got Albright to ground out the end the game.
Hulse was the tough luck loser, allowing four hits while striking out six and not walking a batter.
In game two, SHU jumped on top with a run in the third inning as a two-out single from Tedesco was followed by an RBI double from Rob Griffith against Way who was making his second start of the season.
Harvard finally got on the board in the fourth when Tyler Albright launched the first pitch of the inning over the right field wall against SHU starter Troy Scribner.
In the fifth, Harvard put runners on second and third with two outs but Scribner dug down and got Albright swinging on a 3-2 pitch for the final out.
In the sixth, Way and Sean O’Hara started with singles and Dan Zailskas followed with a full count walk to again get Scribner in trouble and force the home side to go to its bullpen in favor of Chris Dionisio. After inducing a groundout, Dionisio served up a Dillon O’Neil single to left. Larrow followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 although Dionisio avoided further trouble by getting the third out with two runners in scoring position.
In the bottom of the sixth, Chris Whittemore made it a one-run game when he took 1-2 pith to center field to score a pinch runner with two outs. That brought Will Keuper out of the Crimson bullpen and the lefty got a strikeout to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mike Olszyk doubled to lead off but Keuper ended the game by getting the next three batters, two by strikeouts for the save.
Way went 5.2 innings, allowing five hits while striking out four batters t pick up the victory (1-1). Offensively, he had two hits as did O’Hara and O’Neil.