Offense Erupts as Baseball Topples Lafayette and Coppin State, 13-1 and 14-3

Offense Erupts as Baseball Topples Lafayette and Coppin State, 13-1 and 14-3

Robinson tallied a pair of home runs in the two wins (Elan Kawesch).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Opening its 2017 slate in the nation's capital, Harvard baseball earned a pair of victories over Lafayette and Coppin State, 13-1 and 14-3, respectively. Sitting at 2-0, 10 different Crimson batters drove in runs for the Harvard offense, while the pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts.

The 27 runs were the most for the Crimson in a doubleheader since May 1, 2004, when Harvard tallied 30 in a pair of contests against Dartmouth in Cambridge.

Game One: Harvard 13, Lafayette 1

Harvard opened its season with a 13-1 victory against Lafayette, getting tremendous results from the offense and pitching rotation. Sophomore Patrick Robinson led the offense with three hits, including his first-career home run, and a game-high four RBI. Classmate John MacLean drove in three runs of his own, while freshman Quinn Hoffman matched Robinson's game-high three hits. Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson got the win on the mound, striking out nine over seven innings while allowing just one run.

Robinson gave Harvard an early 2-0 lead after a two-run double in the first, and the Crimson extended the advantage to 4-0 in the second after an RBI-triple from sophomore Trent Bryan and a RBI-single from Hoffman. Freshman Jake Suddleson earned his first-career RBI after a hit-by-pitch in the fifth scored sophomore Patrick McColl, and MacLean extended the Crimson advantage to 8-0 one batter later with a three-run double down the right field line.

Lafayette got on the board in the sixth inning, but Harvard tacked on five runs in the eighth after a double from Bryan, a single from McColl and a home run from Robinson. Freshman Kieran Shaw threw two scoreless innings to close the game after a seven-inning gem from Rosenblum-Larson.

Game Two: Harvard 14, Coppin State 3

Harvard continued its offensive outburst in the second game of the doubleheader, hanging 14 runs on Coppin State in a 14-3 victory. McColl drove in three runs, while Hink connected on his first home run of the year. Hoffmann tallied two hits to bring his total to five over the two outings. Junior Noah Zavolas earned the victory on the hill, fanning four over six innings while allowing two runs. Junior Garrett Rupp earned the save after throwing the final three innings.

Lining a shot over the fence in his second at-bat in a row, Robinson opened the scoring for Harvard with a bomb over the right field fence in the second inning. The home run was one of five hits for Robinson on the day, with the Melbourne, Florida native finishing with four RBI on the afternoon.

Coppin State took a 2-1 lead after a pair of run-scoring hits in the bottom of the second, but Harvard immediately tied the score in the third after an error allowed sophomore Ben Skinner to cross home plate.

The Crimson tallied five runs in the fourth inning, with senior Drew Reid opening the scoring with an RBI fielder's choice that plated junior Matt Rothenberg. Hoffmann drove home a pair of runs with a single two batters later, and McColl punctuated the inning with a three-RBI double down the right field line to close the inning. Sophomore Jake Allen, Hoffman and Skinner scored on the play.

An RBI single from MacLean extended the Crimson advantage to 9-2 in the fifth inning, and a deep home run from Hink in the sixth pushed the lead to 10-2. Allen tallied his first-career RBI with a single up the middle in the seventh, and Skinner plated sophomore Chase Aldridge with a single in the eighth. Hink forced an error on the right fielder with his final at bat, scoring two with a double to give the Crimson a 14-3 lead. Rupp tallied three strikeouts to earn his first-career save to close out the game.

Harvard continues play at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge on Saturday against Lafayette. First pitch is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.