The Crimson held the advantage for much of the game, with solid pitching, but five Cardinal runs in the seventh gave Lamar a boost. (Gil Talbot)
BEAUMONT, Texas – The Harvard baseball team was in position for another close ballgame on Sunday in the last game of the series at Lamar, but the Cardinals used a five-run seventh inning to run away with the 10-3 victory at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Mike Martin (2-for-5, 1HR), Steve Dill (2-for-3) and Mitch Klug (1-for-4) all drove in runs today, while Ethan Ferreira (1-for-3) and Matt Hink (2-for-4) each scored as well. On the mound, Tanner Anderson went 6.1 strong innings, allowing four earned on 10 hits with five strikeouts and just one walk for the Crimson.
Thanks to a Martin leadoff home run, the first of the year, Harvard jumped out to another early lead on Lamar, which lasted into the fourth. Anderson only allowed four hits through the first three innings, and earned more support in the top of the fourth when Klug pushed Hink across with a single through the right side to make it 2-0 in the Crimson's favor.
The Cardinals got one back in the bottom of the inning, however, when Bumpers sent a deep sacrifice fly out to right, scoring Middleton from third. An inning later, Lamar added another run to tie things up at 2-2. But after Anderson gave up back-to-back hits in the bottom of the seventh, Peter Kaplan came on in relief. The Cardinals batted around the order, however, scoring in five straight at bats to take a 7-2 lead out of the inning.
Harvard got a run back after a single by Dill brought around Ferreira after the junior catcher's leadoff double placed him in scoring position. But two Crimson bats went swinging and looking to end the threat.
Lamar tacked on a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, eventually getting the Crimson to go in order in the visiting half of the ninth to end things, 10-3.
After the four game slate in Texas, the Crimson will now travel to the Sunshine State for an eight-day trip to take on Michigan State, UConn, North Dakota State and Army in Central Florida.