Poppen's Gem Lifts Baseball Past Houston Baptist, 6-1

Poppen's Gem Lifts Baseball Past Houston Baptist, 6-1

The Crimson won their second consecutive game Sunday (Erik Williams).

HOUSTON, Texas - Sean Poppen hurled a complete game three-hitter, and the Harvard baseball team capitalized on seven Houston Baptist errors to knock off the Huskies, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Husky Field to conclude its annual spring break trip.

Poppen went the distance, allowing just one earned run while striking out three and walking three, to earn his first victory of the season and give the Crimson (3-14) its second consecutive win.

At the plate, Harvard struck for single tallies in the fourth, sixth and seventh before breaking the game open with three runs in the ninth, taking advantage of a series of Husky miscues to score five unearned runs.

Mike Martin paced the offense with a double, two walks, three runs scored and two RBI. Ethan Ferreira added two singles and a RBI, while Robert Wineski drove in a run and D.J. Link and Jeff Hajdin each had a single and a run scored. 

Houston Baptist struck first in the second inning. Following a walk, a hit batter and an error, the Huskies had runners at the corners with nobody out; however, Poppen induced a 6-4-3 double play, which allowed the run to score but cleared the bases. The next two batters singled before the freshman fanned Jordan Hebert to end the threat.

In the fourth, the Crimson evened up the score. Martin walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Ferreira plated him with a ground out to third to even up the score.

A series of Houston Baptist miscues in the sixth give the Crimson the lead. With one out, Martin reached on a walk. He moved to second when Brandon Kregel reached on a fielder's choice and throwing error by the pitcher before advancing to third when Ferreira got on base after a fielding error by the shortstop. Wineski grounded into a fielder's choice to drive in another run and make it 2-1.

Another Husky error and a fielder's choice in the seventh inning scored the Crimson's third run. Jeff Hajdin had an infield single to begin the frame and advanced to second on a throwing error. Carlton Bailey had an infield single of his own to place runner's at the corners before Martin grounded out to third to extend the advantage to three.

Four Houston Baptist mistakes in the ninth allowed the Crimson to break the game open. Link reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. The freshman moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a ground out to short. A wild pitch then allowed Link to score to push the lead to 4-1. Following a walk to Klug, Martin ripped a double to center and moved to third on a fielding error by the center fielder to drive in another run. He then came in to score on another wild pitch to account for the final run.

Harvard returns to action Wednesday for its home opener against Holy Cross at 3:30 p.m.