The Crimson captured a win in the second game, 5-3 (Rob Foldy).
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Competing in a pair of contests at Jack Russell Stadium, Harvard baseball earned a split in its Friday doubleheader with Army, 6-4 and 5-3. The Crimson moved to 5-7 on the season while the Black Knights sit at 8-10.
Game One- L, 6-4
Harvard fell in the opening contest, 6-4, after a late run by Army. Freshman Trent Bryan connected on his first-career home run for the Crimson, while sophomore Connor Quinn also drove home a run. Senior Sean Poppen took the hill, throwing six innings with three strikeouts while allowing only two earned runs.
Army put the first run on the board in the second inning after an RBI single, but Harvard tied the game two innings later when Quinn's sacrifice fly plated freshman Patrick McColl. The Black Knights pulled away with five combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring after a wild pitch and a pair of two-RBI singles.
Attempting a comeback in the final frame, Bryan launched a three-run home run with no outs in the seventh to pull the Crimson within two runs. The rally was cut short following the jack from the freshman, as Army captured the opening game.
Game Two- W, 5-3
The Crimson responded with a victory in the second contest of the day, 5-3, led by a complete game effort from junior Nick Gruener on the mound. His third-career complete game, Gruener stifled the Army bats and extended his team-best K/BB ratio to 16-1 with four strikeouts in the game. The Miami native moved to 2-1 on the season with the result.
Sophomore John Fallon, Quinn and senior DJ Link tallied a team-high two hits in the contest, while freshman Ben Skinner belted his first-career home run to post a game-high two RBI. The Crimson scattered 11 runs in the winning effort.
Army tallied the opening run for the second-straight contest, but Quinn doubled down the left field line to plate Fallon in the third inning and tie the score, 1-1. Skinner connected with his homer over the left field wall just an inning later, which allowed Link to come around to score.
The Black Knights added a run in the fourth inning, but Bryan doubled to the opposite field in the sixth inning to plate freshman John MacLean. Harvard regained its two-run advantage, 4-2.
Fallon put an exclamation point on the contest, singling to center field to bring home MacLean and give Harvard a 5-2 lead. Army tacked on a run in the ninth after an error, but Gruener forced a pop out to end the contest and give Harvard the win.
Harvard closes the four-game series with Army at Jack Russell Stadium on Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m.