No. 19 Stetson Holds off Crimson, 9-7

Carlton Bailey had the first home run of his career at 19th-ranked Stetson
Carlton Bailey had the first home run of his career at 19th-ranked Stetson

DeLAND, Fla. – Five errors hurt the Harvard baseball team as the Crimson dropped a 9-7 decision to 19th-ranked Stetson at Melching Field Monday night. The five errors led to the first six runs all being unearned for the Hatters, who later broke a 7-7 tie with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to hold on.

With Stetson (13-3) clinging to a two-run lead in the ninth, Carlton Bailey stepped to the plate against Hatters' closer Robbie Powell with runners on first and third. Bailey, who homered earlier in the game, lined a rocket on the first pitch he saw but it was right at second base to end the game.

Harvard (1-6) quickly found itself in a 6-2 deficit through two innings as two errors and two passed balls knocked Tanner Anderson out of the game despite the freshman striking out four batters in 1.2 innings. The only bright spot early was Bailey, who roped a two-run single in the second to keep Harvard in contention.

Relievers Matt Timoney (2.2 IP, 1 R, 4 K), Zack Olson (1.2 IP, 1 R) and Peter Kaplan (1 IP, 1 K) kept Harvard close as the Crimson worked back into the game.

In the fifth, Ethan Ferreira delivered a two-out, two-run single with the second run coming around as he got caught in a rundown to cut the deficit to 6-4 but a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the frame made it 7-4.

In the sixth, Bailey led off with a long homer to left field; Kyle Larrow delivered an RBI double to left field and Jeff Reynolds drove home the tying run to center.

In the seventh, the first three Stetson batters reached base with Spencer Theisen delivering the eventual game-winning hit through the right side. The Hatters loaded the bases but reliever Robert Wineski got the final two outs to keep it a one-run game.

The Hatters did add an insurance run in the eighth on a single from Trey Blackman.

Harvard, which out-hit Stetson, 15-13, was led by Jack Colton's three hits while Ferreira, Bailey, Reynolds and Mike Martin all had two hits.