Baseball Tripped Up by Holy Cross, 11-4

Baseball Tripped Up by Holy Cross, 11-4

Four different hitters drove in runs (Rob Foldy).

WORCESTER, Mass. -  In its final contest before the start of Ivy League play, Harvard baseball could not overcome an early deficit to Holy Cross, falling 11-4.

The Crimson (7-10) were led at the plate by sophomore Matt Rothenberg, who tallied three hits in four at bats with two runs scored. Juniors Josh Ellis and Drew Reid, senior DJ Link and freshman Ben Skinner tallied RBI in the contest.

Freshman Simon Rosenblum-Larson made his second-career start, lasting three innings after giving up four hits and four runs. Seven relievers combined to pitch the final six innings, combining for eight strikeouts.

Holy Cross (9-16) got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but an RBI single up the middle by Ellis plated Reid to cut the deficit in half. Undeterred, the Crusaders added a home run in the bottom half of the third to go up 4-1.

Link drove a sacrifice fly to right field in the fourth inning and Reid singled through the left side in the sixth inning to allow Rothenberg to score twice, but the Crusaders added five runs in the span to take a 9-3 lead. Skinner drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to score Reid, but a pair of Crusaders crossed home in the bottom of the eighth to cement the victory.

Harvard hits the road for a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders at Cornell and Princeton April 2-3. Both series will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.