Baseball Wins Game One, 3-2, Falls in Extra Innings to Penn, 6-5, To Finish Doubleheader

Ellis was named the team's captain for the 2017 season (Elan Kawesch).
Ellis was named the team's captain for the 2017 season (Elan Kawesch).
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Ellis led the team with RBI in the two games (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Finishing its final doubleheader with Ivy teams from the Lou Gehrig division, Harvard baseball split a doubleheader with Penn, winning 3-2 before dropping a heartbreaker in 11 innings, 6-5. Harvard moved to 9-17 on the season with a 2-6 record in Ivy play, while Penn is now 13-14 with a 5-3 mark in the Ancient Eight.

Game One: W, 3-2

A three-run fifth inning pushed the Crimson past the Quakers in game one for Harvard's second Ivy victory. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg had a team high two hits, while senior DJ Quinn, sophomore Conor Quinn and freshman Ben Skinner also tallied base hits.

Sophomore Ian Miller got the start on the mound for Harvard, fanning four over three innings while allowing four hits and two runs. Senior Shaun Rubin threw four scoreless innings to close the game and earn the win, striking out three Quakers in the process.

Penn got on the board in the second after an RBI single to right field, and extended the lead to 2-0 in the third with a run-scoring groundout. The Crimson put up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, kick-started by a single from Rothenberg. A fielder's choice from junior Drew Reid and a single from Quinn put runners in scorers' position for Skinner, who singled to right field to plate Reid.

Senior Mitch Klug was next up, and the second baseman hit a hard groundball to his counterpart, forcing an error that allowed Quinn and Skinner to score. Rubin set down the final six batters to close the win.

Game Two: L, 6-5 (11 innings)

Harvard played an 11-inning contest for the second time in as many games, but fell to the Quakers to earn a split. Rothenberg and junior Josh Ellis tallied two hits apiece, with the catcher tallying a game-high three RBI. Reid and Skinner also drove in runs for Harvard.

Kevin Stone got the start for Harvard, lasting four innings while allowing three hits and three runs. Seniors Matt Sanders, TJ Laurisch and Dylan Combs and freshman Simon Rosenblum-Larson pitched the final seven innings for Harvard, collectively allowing only eight baserunners.

Penn went ahead 2-0 in the top of the third after a pair of RBI singles, but Harvard struck with a trio of scores in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Reid singled home freshman Patrick McColl to start the inning and Ellis tallied a two-RBI double that allowed Reid and Rothenberg to cross home.

The Quakers regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning, 4-3, but the Crimson again responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game and Skinner added a sacrifice fly that gave Harvard a 5-4 lead.

Penn tallied a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth to score the game-tying run, and scored again in the 11th inning with a single through the right side. Harvard loaded the bases after a single, error and intentional walk, but the Quakers got the final two outs to close the game.

Harvard hosts Boston College in its final home nonconference game on Tuesday, April 12 at O'Donnell Field. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.