Baseball Splits Ivy Twinbill with Columbia

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Tanner Anderson struck out seven in 5.2 innings against Columbia in a 6-2 Harvard victory in an NCAA baseball game at O'Donnell Field (Brett Moore)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard's Tanner Anderson won his first career game Saturday and the Crimson split an Ivy League doubleheader with Columbia at O'Donnell Field. Behind Anderson, Harvard claimed the opener by a score of 6-2 before Columbia came back for a 10-1 victory in the nightcap.

Anderson (1-2), a Tampa, Fla. native, dazzled in his O'Donnell Field debut, hitting the radar gun at 91 miles per hour. He struck out seven batters and didn't issue a walk in 5.2 innings of work while scattering four hits.

Harvard (5-20, 2-4 Ivy) jumped ahead with two first inning runs as Jeff Reynolds doubled home Mike Martin (leadoff single) and later scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Marcus Way.

An RBI single from Carlton Bailey in the third gave Harvard a 3-1 lead and the Crimson benefitted from a two-out error in the fourth to make it 4-1.

In the sixth inning, Rob Wineski and Ethan Ferreira contributed RBI singles to open things up and Zack Olson shut the door for his second save of the year with the game ending on a double play ball.

In the nightcap, Columbia's Tim Giel (2-1) needed 111 pitches to get through seven innings with the right-hander avoiding big innings as the Crimson stranded seven and hit into three double plays against him.

The big stands came in the sixth and seventh innings; Harvard loaded the bases with no outs in each inning and managed just one run. All told, Giel allowed six hits, two walks and two hit batsmen but continuously worked out of trouble.

The Lions (11-15, 4-2 Ivy) scored five times in the first inning with Nick Crucet and Jordan Serena both delivering two-run hits.   Harvard pitchers walked six batters and hit two more with six of those batters coming around to score.

Jake McGuiggan paced the Harvard offense with three hits including a pair of long doubles while Columbia's Jon Eisen was 4-for-5.

Harvard is back in action Sunday with a doubleheader against Penn, which was swept at Dartmouth on Saturday.