Baseball Topples Massachusetts, 5-1, to Open Series

Baseball Topples Massachusetts, 5-1, to Open Series

Fallon, Quinn hit home runs for the Crimson (Rob Foldy).

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Taking the field for the fourth time on their spring break trip, Harvard baseball led from start to finish, toppling Massachusetts, 5-1, at Jack Russell Stadium.

Sophomores John Fallon and Connor Quinn homered to lead the Crimson (3-5) attack, their fourth and first of the season, respectively. Classmate Matt Rothenberg finished the day a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in his first run of the year. Freshman Devan Peterson also drove in a run for Harvard.

Freshman Kevin Stone got the start on the mound and picked up his first win of the season after throwing five scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Seniors Matt Sanders, T.J. Laurisch and Sean O'Neill threw the final four frames to help Harvard secure the victory over the Minutemen (1-6).

The Crimson took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after senior Mitch Klug scored following a Massachusetts error. The second baseman had kicked off the inning with a lead-off double.

Fallon connected on his fourth jack of the year in the latter half of the fifth inning, driving the ball over the left field wall to extend Harvard's lead to 2-0. The Houston, Texas native is tied for the Ivy League lead with four homers.

The Minutemen got on the board in the sixth following a sacrifice fly, but Harvard immediately regained its two-run advantage when Quinn knocked his first home run of the year to left field. The homer was the second of his career. The Crimson's lead extended to 4-1 later in the inning when a sacrifice fly from Peterson plated Rothenberg.

Rothenberg put an exclamation mark on the scoreboard later in the game, pushing Harvard's lead to 5-1 when his single to left allowed freshman Patrick McColl to score.

Harvard finishes its two-game series with Massachusetts tomorrow, April 16, at Jack Russell Stadium.