DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman scored seven unanswered runs including the game-winner on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning to down Harvard, 8-7, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
In the decisive ninth, a leadoff bunt single and a sacrifice bunt forced Harvard to intentionally walk a batter with one out. Anthony Stokes followed with a single to right-center and the ball was misplayed, allowing the winning run to come home.
Bethune-Cookman improves to 7-9 on the season while Harvard, playing its first game against an unranked opponent, dips to 1-7.
Harvard struck first with three runs in the top of the second inning, two of them coming on a two-out RBI single from Mike Martin. The Crimson got three more runs in the fourth but it should have been much more as the team didn't make an out at the plate. Five singles and a hit batsman were offset by three runners being thrown out on the base paths.
Trailing 7-1 in the sixth, BCU got back into the game thanks to Harvard pitching woes as three Crimson hurlers walked five batters and hit two more, with the home side scoring four runs without a hit or even putting the ball out of the infield.
A leadoff home run in the seventh got BCU within a run and another hit batsman in the eighth paved the way for a run-scoring fielder's choice in the eighth.
Harvard out-hit BCU by a count of 18-8 as every starter had at least one hit. Martin led the way with three hits while Zach Boden also had three. Steven Dill, Kyle Larrow, Carlton Bailey, Jon Smart and Nick Saathoff all had two hits.