Pitching Rules the Day in Harvard Baseball Doubleheader Split

Harvard split an Ivy League doubleheader Friday with Yale
Harvard split an Ivy League doubleheader Friday with Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A battle of arms unfolded at O'Donnell Field Friday afternoon with the Yale and Harvard baseball teams both throwing complete-game shutouts to split an Ivy League doubleheader. Yale won the opener, 3-0, while the Crimson took the nightcap, 1-0.

Harvard senior Max Perlman took the mound in game two and shut down the Yale (21-14, 9-5 Ivy League) offense with a complete-game shutout. He had 10 strikeouts to one walk and scattered four hits over nine innings to earn his second win of the season. Only two of Yale's five baserunners in the game made it to second base.

The Crimson (8-30, 4-10 Ivy League) grabbed the only run it needed in game two during the fifth. Dillon O'Neill got things started with a one-out single up the middle. He would move to second on a bunt by Jeff Reynolds and on the same play, went to third base when Yale's starting pitcher Brook Hart fielded the bunt and sent the throw wide of first. That's when Jake McGuiggan pushed another bunt down the first base line to squeeze in O'Neill for the lone run of the game.

Perlman retired the final 14 Yale batters from the fifth to the ninth to end it. Already over 100 pitches for the game, the senior opened the top of the ninth with two swinging strikeouts before getting Trey Rallis to groundout on the first pitch for the final out.

O'Neill finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored. McGuiggan was 1-for-3 with the RBI. Harvard only struck out five times against Hart, its lowest total since April 12 against Northeastern when it also went down on strikes five times. Hart had a good showing for Yale in the loss, throwing eight innings with five Ks, one walk and six scattered hits. The run Hart allowed was unearned.

In game one, it was Yale who flexed its pitching muscles. Vinny Lally stayed undefeated on the year (5-0) with a seven-inning, one-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking three. Lally also began his final inning by striking out the first two batters before inducing a groundout to end the game.

Harvard's Eric Eadington had a rough first inning but settled down nicely afterwards, striking out seven and scattering three hits over the final six frames. In the opening inning, however, Eadington would load the bases with one out on two fielder's choice plays and a walk. He would walk in Yale's first run facing the Bulldogs' cleanup hitter, Rallis, and when it looked as if the senior had induced an inning-ending double play, an errant throw to first allowed two more runs to score, giving Yale an early 3-0 lead that would stand.

Designated hitter Marcus Way had the Crimson's lone hit in the opener with a two-out single to center field in the fourth inning. Harvard threatened to answer Yale in the first inning with two leadoff walks, but a strikeout, a pick-off at second base and another strikeout quickly ended that threat.

The Crimson hosts Yale again on Sunday at 1 p.m. before looking ahead to the Beanpot championship game Tuesday against Boston College at Fenway Park. Game time is set for 7 p.m.