DeLAND, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team could not capitalize on a good pitching effort from starter Brent Suter as the Crimson dropped a 5-0 decision to 19th-ranked Stetson on Friday night. All five Stetson runs were unearned as the Hatters improve to 11-2 on the season while Harvard remains winless at 0-4. Harvard is in the midst of a seven-game stretch against top-20 programs.
Harvard committed four errors Friday with the major one coming in the fourth inning. Suter, who struck out six batters in 5.0 innings of work, got the first out of the inning but a bunt single was followed by an error to put runners on first and third. Brennan lofted a sacrifice fly for the first run and the Hatters added another infield single, a walk and seeing-eye single to plate two more runs.
Suter (0-2) would be replaced by captain Andrew Ferreira, who made his first pitching appearance in over a year as he continues to come back from an elbow injury. Ferreira, who started as Harvard's designated hitter in each of the first three games of the year, pitched well in 2.0 innings as he struck out three and did not allow a hit. He did struggle with control as four walks and an error allowed a run to come home in the sixth inning to make it a 4-0 game.
Stetson scored its final run in the seventh after a leadoff error, walk and a double steal.
Robert Wineski threw a scoreless eighth for Harvard, striking out one and allowing one hit.
Kurt Schluter (3-0) threw 5.0 innings in which he scattered four hits and walked three against five strikeouts for the victory. Sam Kimmel and Spencer Theisen were the game's lone multi-hit players with each going 2-for-4.