Wineski helped the Crimson to its first victory since the season opener (photo Erik Williams).
HOUSTON -- The Harvard baseball team won for the first time on its annual spring break trip, taking down Houston Baptist, 4-3, Saturday afternoon. The Crimson was led by Matt Sanders, who went seven strong innings on the mound, and Mike Martin and Robert Wineski, who each contributed three hits.
Sanders, appearing in his fourth game, went the first seven and allowed just two runs on seven hits. The Crimson defense was strong behind him, playing error-free baseball, as the freshman struck out two Huskies' batters.
Harvard scored single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh to earn the victory.
Brandon Kregel, who leads Harvard with six extra-base hits, doubled to left center to provide Harvard with its first run of the afternoon in the third inning. He plated Tanner Anderson, who had previously singled and moved to second on a Carlton Bailey sac bunt.
In the next half for Harvard, Wineski and Bailey singled to put themselves on the corners, before Mitch Klug came through with an RBI knock through the left side. HBU answered back in the bottom of the fourth, but Harvard plated another run in the fifth to push the advantage to 3-1. Wineski doubled home Martin to give Harvard its third straight inning with a run for the first time this season.
Houston Baptist was able to cut it to 3-2 in the sixth, but once again the Harvard bats rallied for another score at the next opportunity. This time it was a DJ Link single when Martin was on third and Wineski on first, after they doubled and singled, respectively, that added to Harvard's lead.
Harvard carried the 4-2 score through the seventh and into the eighth when Jordan Haviland relieved Sanders. Haviland entered with two men on in the eight but worked out with a foul out, infield fly and line out to keep the Crimson up two.
After failing to score in the top of the ninth, Haviland worked out of a jam once again to seal the victory. Two HBU singles with two outs scored a run, making it 4-3, and put the go-ahead run at the plate. The senior then forced the Huskies' Jordan McCoy to roll over to Anderson at short to finalize the 4-3 decision.
The Crimson and Houston Baptist will face off in a rubber match tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the last game of Harvard's spring-break trip.