Baseball Halves Pair of Pitching Duels With Albany, 3-0 and 3-2

The Crimson tallied nine hits in the two outings (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the field for the first time at home this season, Harvard baseball split a doubleheader with Albany, 3-0 and 3-2, on Sunday at O'Donnell Field. The Crimson moved to 7-9 on the season while the Great Danes now sit 8-12.

Game One: L, 3-0

The opening contest of the two-game set was a battle between starting pitchers, but Albany ultimately edged the Crimson, 3-0. Ian Miller took the hill for Harvard, throwing 5.1 innings while allowing only one hit and one run with three strikeouts. The sophomore held the Great Danes hitless through the first five frames, but a three-run sixth gave Albany a lead it would not give up.

Sophomore John Fallon, freshman Patrick McColl and junior Josh Ellis tallied hits for the Crimson, with Ellis reaching base successfully in all three at bats. Harvard drew a quartet of walks, but left seven on base as it was shut out for the first time this season.

Ellis doubled to left field at the start of the second inning, but the Crimson could not drive him home to go ahead early. Albany used a pair of RBI doubles and an RBI single in the sixth to gain control, 3-0.

Harvard threatened to make some noise in the bottom half of the sixth after McColl's leadoff single. The first baseman later advanced to second on a wild pitch, and Ellis drew a walk, but a strikeout ended Harvard's chances of adding a run.

Game Two: W, 3-2

Another pitching duel unfolded in the second game of the afternoon, with freshman Kevin Stone earning his second win of the season after throwing seven strong innings. The first-year pitcher scattered five hits and two runs with four strikeouts, and sophomore Dylan Combs tossed a two-inning save with a pair of strikeouts.

Seniors Mitch Klug and DJ Link tallied two hits apiece for the Crimson, with each adding timely doubles that led to runs. Fallon and freshman Trent Bryan drove in runs for the Crimson, their 18th and ninth of the season, respectively.

Harvard got on the board first in the latter half of the second when Bryan's pop up caused confusion in the Albany defense and dropped in shallow right field. Link scored on the play to give Harvard a 1-0 lead.

The advantage doubled to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Fallon in the third inning that plated junior Drew Reid. In the top of the fourth, Albany tied the score with an RBI double and sacrifice fly, 2-2.

Klug jump started the offense in the fifth inning with a single to right field and subsequent stolen base with one out. After advancing following a pop out in front of the Great Danes' benches, an errant pickoff attempt allowed the second baseman to cross home and give Harvard the lead, 3-2.

Combs came on in the top of the eighth, earning a duo each of flyouts, groundouts and strikeouts to end the game and pick up his first-career save.

Harvard travels to Worcester for a midweek clash with Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 30. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.