Harvard fell to 5-6 on the year after a tough Saturday at Stetson. (Gil Talbot)
DeLAND, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team dropped a pair of contests at Stetson on Saturday as the Crimson (5-6) fell to the Hatters (11-9) in consecutive games, 15-2 and 14-1.
Game 1 Recap
In the first game, the Hatters took control from the get-go, reeling off six runs in the first and four more in the third to take a quick 10-0 lead. Gruener tossed 2.0 innings, giving up eight earned and walking two. Ian Miller went two full as well, yielding three on five hits, while Dylan Combs went 1.0 giving up three on three hits. Greg Coman and Joey Sleipka each pitched an inning, combining for three strikeouts.
Drew Reid kept up his pace with a pair of hits (2-of-4, 1R), scoring a run as well, while Mitch Klug (2-for-3) also had a fine day at the plate, bringing in one RBI with a double. Ethan Ferreira (1-for-4) brought a run in as well on the day.
After Stetson took an 11-0 lead into the fifth, Harvard finally dented the scoreboard with some clean offense of its own. Reid led off with a single to left, and Quinn drew a five-pitch wal to put two on. Ferreira then singled to center, followed by Klug's single to the same spot to cut the lead to 1—2.
But the Hatters tacked on three more in the bottom of the frame and then one more in the sixth to eventually run away with the 15-2 front-end DH victory.
Game 2 Recap
After falling 15-2, due to early runs in the first game, the Crimson settled down in the second game of the night. On the hill, Matt Timoney directed things for 5.2 strong innings, allowing five earned on eight hits, walking three and striking six Hatters out.
The Crimson got some help from the bottom of the lineup, as the five-through-nine spots combined for five hits on the evening, but Ferreira scored the only run as Harvard fell, 14-1.
Timoney kept things quiet through 2.1 innings, but Stetson piled on three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third to take another lead. From there, the Hatters scored two in the sixth and nine in a heavy-hitting seventh inning, though Jake McGuiggan brought in Ferreira after a booming double to center in the top of the frame.
Though the Crimson has dropped three in the series, Harvard looks to take the last game tomorrow at Melching Field.