Harvard Gets First Win of 2012; Splits Twinbill at No. 19 Stetson

Jon Smart had a pair of triples in the Crimson's 5-1 win at No. 19 Stetson
Jon Smart had a pair of triples in the Crimson's 5-1 win at No. 19 Stetson

DeLAND, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team got into the win column Sunday night, defeating 19th-ranked Stetson in the second game of a doubleheader at Melching Field. Harvard dropped the opener by a score of 3-0 before coming back with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.

In the second game, Harvard (1-5) received outstanding pitching, especially from reliever Matt Doyle (1-0), who shut down the Hatters for 3.2 hitless innings. The righty struck out three and worked out of several jams caused by three walks and a hit batsman.

Zack Olson, who has steadily come on as Harvard's go-to closer out of the bullpen, worked the final 1.1 innings for the win. Sam Dodge worked around five walks and three hits in his four innings of work which included three strikeouts. In all, the Crimson pitchers worked around nine walks and a hit batter to hold the Hatters at bay.

The Crimson jumped on top with a single run in the first. Mike Martin singled to lead off and came around on a sacrifice fly from Jeff Reynolds.

Stetson (12-3) tied the game in the second on a sacrifice fly from Trey Blackman.

Reynolds struck again in the third with an opposite field single to score Martin, who singled with one out. The Crimson was unlucky however as Danny Moskovits lined out with runners on first and third to end the scoring threat.

Harvard extended its lead to 4-1 in the sixth with a two-out rally. Carleton Bailey singled home Zach Boden (single, stolen base) and then came around on an opposite field triple from Jon Smart.

Smart spearheaded an insurance run for the Crimson in the ninth as well as he tripled to lead off and came home on a bizarre play that saw Reynolds loft what would have been a sacrifice fly to right. The ball was dropped however and a force play at second got an out to avoid an error and a sacrifice fly in the scorebook but more importantly made it a 5-1 Harvard lead.

Martin, Reynolds, Smart, Bailey and Jack Colton all ahd two hits apiece for the Crimson, which out-hit the Hatters, 11-5 on the night.

Stetson took the first game by a score of 3-0. The Hatters scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning on a one-out wild pitch and an RBI single.

In the fifth, Steven Dill doubled with one out on a grounder up the middle that was knocked down and bounced into right field with the Crimson catcher hustling into second. Stetson starter Lindsey Caughel worked out of the jam with two strikeouts, giving him seven through the first five innings.

In the sixth, a leadoff single was followed by a pair of grounders but an infield single and a throwing error allowed the third run to score.

From that point on, Caughel shut the door, finishing with 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings during which he allowed just five hits. Robbie Powell struck out two in 2.0 hitless innings for the save.

Joey Novak suffered his second loss of the year in tough-luck fashion as he scattered four hits in 5.2 innings of work.