CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leadoff man Carlton Bailey had five hits, two more than his previous career high, and the Harvard baseball team opened a 5-0 lead through four and a half innings, but the Crimson could not hang on as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi stormed back for a 7-6 win. The Islanders used two runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to pull past Harvard.
Righty starter Tanner Anderson (0-2), who also had four hits, worked 5 1/3 innings before Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-9) got the best of him in the sixth. Anderson was responsible for all seven runs, six of which were earned, before making way for Matt Timoney, who went the remaining 2 2/3 innings and limited the Islanders to just one hit to keep the Crimson in the game.
O'Shea Dumes (1-0) threw three innings of shutout work in the fifth, sixth and seventh and benefited from the Islander's outburst to pick up his first victory of the season.
Bailey's hits helped the Crimson (1-10) cross the plate two times in the second and three times in the fifth to build the 5-0 advantage. The top six hitters went 5-for-6 in the two frames and also reached base thanks to a walk and an Islander's error. The free pass and miscue came in back-to-back Harvard at-bats, which the Crimson turned into three runs thanks to an Ethan Ferriera single, double-play ball, and another base knock, this time from Mitch Klug, in the fifth.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi answered with two in the bottom of the fifth, before Eric Weiss gave the Islanders its first lead with a grand slam to right. Weiss' round tripper came after three singles and emptied the bases as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi never looked back.
Another Bailey single plated Anderson in the eighth to bring the tying run to second and the go-ahead runner to the plate, but Robert Wineski's liner to short snapped the Crimson's rally.
Harvard moves across the Texas border to Lake Charles, La., where the Crimson will face McNeese State in a doubleheader tomorrow. The Crimson and Cowboys (10-8), a member of the Southland Conference, see each other for the first time in program history Tuesday. McNeese St. has played one other game against an Ivy League foe, a 10-2 win over Dartmouth in 1991.