ITHACA, N.Y. - Senior lefty Brent Suter struck out seven batters in a complete game victory and Harvard earned a doubleheader split at Cornell in the Ivy League season openers for both clubs at Hoy Field. Harvard won the opener behind its ace, 6-2, before Cornell came back from a 6-0 deficit to claim the nightcap by a score of 12-7.
Suter pitched a complete-game gem in the opener, yielding just four hits on the slick artificial surface. He fanned seven while walking nobody.
Harvard never trailed as Marcus Way staked the Crimson to a first inning lead with an opposite field single en route to a 3-for-3 day with pair of doubles. Jack Colton and Jon Smart also drove in two runs with Colton collecting two hits as the Crimson out-hit Cornell, 10-4 in the game.
The Big Red scratched out its runs in the third and sixth innings but never threatened against Suter. Freshman Brent Jones (4-1) suffered the first loss of his collegiate career, working 5 1/3 innings and allowing all six runs on the 10 hits.
Suter's pinpoint accuracy didnt pave the way for Harvard in the nightcap as Joey Novak saw his five strikeouts in 4.2 innings offset by six walks and two hit batsmen as Cornell was allowed back into the game after the visitors had jumped ahead.
A six-run bottom of the fifth tied the score and Brenton Peters delivered a key three-run triple in the bottom of the eighth to open the game.
Jeff Reynolds homered in the first inning for Harvard as part of a two-hit game while Steven Dill was 4-for-4. Baron Davis took the loss out of the bullpen.
Harvard (3-17, 1-1 Ivy) returns to the road on Sunday with a noon doubleheder at Princeton.