Carlton Bailey has three multi-hit efforts in Harvard's first four games (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Harvard baseball team opened with two runs in the top of the first inning for the second straight game, but could not hold on as Bucknell scored one in the fourth and six in the fifth to beat the Crimson, 7-4. Harvard ends its trip to Charlottesville, Va., with a 1-3 record, including a split with Bucknell and two losses to No. 19 Virginia.
Although the Crimson leaves Virginia with one win, Harvard did hold a lead in three of the four games during its first weekend outside.
Sophomore Tanner Anderson took today's loss, working 3.2 innings and allowing three runs, while Dan Goldstein earned the win for Bucknell with seven innings pitched and four runs on the day when temperatures were below 40 degrees.
The Crimson jumped to a 4-0 lead in today's matchup with the Bison, scoring a pair in each of the first two innings. Harvard's quick start was thanks to back-to-back singles to begin the game. Junior Carlton Bailey and freshman Mitch Klug set the table and freshman DJ Link sent them home with an RBI single to right, later in the inning. Freshman Sean O'Neill and junior Jeff Hajdin followed Bailey and Klug's lead and both got on to start Harvard's second frame. O'Neill walked and Hajdin singled with a bunt before sophomore Brandon Kregel smacked a two-out two-RBI double to left field.
The lead held until the fifth, when Bucknell produced six hits to come up with the six runs. Corey Furman added to what had been a 5-4 Bucknell lead with a two-out home run over the right field wall to culminate the scoring. Anderson relieved starter Sean Poppen in the middle of the inning and each was responsible for three earned runs.
Bailey ended up with two hits on the day, his third straight multi-hit game, and Brandon Kregel had three. Bailey, who has started each game at shortstop, leads the Crimson with a .438 average (7-16) after the weekend. Harvard outhit its opponents in the four games, 37-34, and have a .268 team batting average thus far.
Harvard travels to Coastal Carolina next weekend to face Ohio State, the Chanticleers and Ball State in Myrtle Beach, S.C.