Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Fairfield

Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Fairfield

The Crimson starters combined to throw 13 innings with only one run allowed (Gil Talbot).

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Splitting a Saturday doubleheader on the road, Harvard tallied a 7-1 victory over Fairfield in the opening contest before falling in the final game, 8-6. The Crimson moved to 6-8 on the season while Fairfield improved to 6-13.

Game One- W, 7-1

The Crimson used a five-run second inning to jump past the Stags in the first of the series, and junior Nick Gruener threw his second complete game in as many outings to lead Harvard to the victory. Gruener scattered six hits and struck out five batters to move to 3-1 on the season.

Senior Mitch Klug and sophomore John Fallon each tallied a pair of hits with two RBI, and sophomore Connor Quinn tallied a season-high two RBI for Harvard. Seven Crimson hitters recorded a hit in the contest, and all nine starters successfully reached base at least once.

Junior Drew Reid opened the scoring with a single through the left side to plate freshman Trent Bryan, and two batters later Klug singled to right center to plate Bryan and junior Josh Ellis. Fallon completed the five-run inning with a two-run double to left center that allowed Reid and Klug to come around to score.

Fairfield landed its only run in the fourth, but Quinn responded in the top of the fifth with a two-run single to left center to give Harvard a 7-1 lead.

Gruener continued his strong outing on the mound, striking out two over the final three innings to secure the triumph.

Game Two- L, 8-6

Senior Sean Poppen had a strong outing on the mound in the second contest of the day, but an eight-run eighth inning propelled the Stags past Crimson to earn the split. Poppen allowed just one hit over six innings with two strikeouts.

Klug, Fallon and Quinn tallied two hits apiece in the second game of the series, with Fallon extending his hitting streak to seven games. Freshmen Patrick McColl, who also owns a seven-game hitting streak, and Trent Bryan and junior Josh Ellis drove in runs for the Crimson

Harvard took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth after a double from Bryan brought home Quinn. The lead jumped to 4-0 in the fifth after a sacrifice fly from McColl and a pair of Fairfield wild pitches with a runner on third. Klug and Fallon scored following the errant throws.

Fallon scored following an error to stretch Harvard's advantage to 5-0 in the top of the seventh. Ellis tallied a single later in the inning to give the Crimson a 6-0 lead.

Fairfield scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth on six hits, and the Crimson could not muster a run in the final frame as the Stags claimed the win.

Harvard hosts Albany on Sunday, March 27 for a pair of contests at O'Donnell field. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m., and both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.