Link tallied two RBI to lead the Crimson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Opening its first series in Ivy League Red Rolfe action, Harvard baseball split with Yale, 3-2 and 6-3. Harvard moved to 10-19 overall and 3-7 in Ivy play with the split while Yale moved to 12-20-1 on the season and 7-3 in Ancient Eight play.
Game One: L, 3-2
Harvard dropped the opening game of the series to the Bulldogs, 3-2, despite junior Nick Gruener's fifth-consecutive complete game. The Miami native scatted five hits with and three runs, but no earned runs, over six frames with five strikeouts.
Junior Drew Reid and freshman Trent Bryan drove in runs for the Crimson, with Bryan tallying his second triple of the year. Sophomore John Fallon also tallied a double to extend his reached-base streak to a career-best 20 games.
Yale got on the board first in the bottom of the first with a pair of RBI singles to right field, but Harvard immediately evened the score, 2-2, in the top of the second. Freshman Patrick McColl started the frame with an opposite field single, while sophomore Matt Rothenberg drew a walk to extend his reached-base streak to 12 games. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Reid allowed McColl to cross home, and Bryan slugged a ball to deep left field to score Rothenberg with a triple.
An error in the fifth allowed Yale to score the eventual game-winning run, taking the first contest of the four-game set.
Game Two: W, 6-3
Harvard took the second game, 6-3, to pick up its third victory in Ancient Eight play. Senior Sean Poppen threw seven innings on the hill, striking out seven while allowing four hits and two earned runs, while classmate TJ Laurisch picked up his first save of the year.
Yale tallied the opening tally with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Harvard evened the advantage, 1-1, after McColl scored in the fifth following a wild pitch. A homer in the latter half of the frame gave Yale a 3-1 lead.
Harvard pulled within one, 3-2, after a RBI groundout from Link in the seventh and took the lead, 6-3, after scoring four in the eighth. Reid and Ellis scored on a pair of passed balls, and McColl plated Skinner with a sacrifice fly. Link put an exclamation point on the inning with a single to left field to score senior Mitch Klug.
Harvard and Yale finish up the four-game set with two games Sunday, April 17.