Baseball Drops Doubleheader with Cornell to Open Ivy Play

Baseball Drops Doubleheader with Cornell to Open Ivy Play

The Crimson travels to Princeton for two more games April 3 (Rob Foldy).

ITHACA, N.Y. – Starting Ancient Eight play on the road, Harvard baseball dropped a pair of contests to Cornell, 5-1 and 6-4, Saturday afternoon at David D. Hoy Field. Harvard fell to 7-12 on the season, including an 0-2 mark in league play, while the Big Red improved to 8-9 overall, and 2-0 in Ivy play.

Game One: L, 5-1

Junior Nick Gruener threw his third-consecutive complete game in the seven-inning opener, but the Crimson fell to Cornell 5-1. The right-hander scattered four hits and three strikeouts over six innings while allowing four earned runs.

The Harvard offense tallied three hits in the opening game, coming off the bats of sophomores John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg and freshman Trent Bryan.

The Crimson opened the scoring in the top of the third inning after Bryan crossed home following a throwing error. He opened the inning with a leadoff single to left field, and later advanced to second following a sacrifice bunt from freshman Ben Skinner. Fallon hit a grounder to third to force the error, giving Harvard a 1-0 lead.

Cornell tied the game in the bottom of the third following an RBI triple, and added four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-1 lead into the final frame. Junior Drew Reid drew a walk in the top of the seventh, but the Crimson could not put together a rally to claim game one.

Game Two: L, 6-4

The Harvard offense tallied nine hits and four runs in the final contest of the day, but Cornell scored six unanswered late in the game to sweep the doubleheader.

Freshman Patrick McColl and senior DJ Link tallied two hits apiece, with McColl, Fallon and Rothenberg recording RBI. The Crimson offense tallied five doubles in the contest. Senior Sean Poppen got the start on the mound, fanning four while allowing four hits and five runs.

Senior Mitch Klug doubled to open the first inning, and Fallon followed with an immediate double to plate the second baseman. Following a McColl single and wild pitch from Cornell's Tim Willittes, Rothenberg singled to right field to extend Harvard's lead to 3-0.

The Harvard lead jumped to 4-0 in the top of the third after a double from McColl brought Klug around to score.

Cornell cut the Crimson advantage in half in the fifth inning, and pulled within one following a solo home run in the sixth. The Big Red tallied three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull ahead, 6-4, and pick up the victory.

Harvard baseball will play its second doubleheader of the weekend at Princeton April 3, with the first game set to kick off at noon. It will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.