Baseball Splits with Army West Point, 8-7 and 11-5

Baseball Splits with Army West Point, 8-7 and 11-5

CARY, N.C. – Opening a four game series in Cary, North Carolina, Harvard baseball split a twin bill with Army West Poing, 8-7 and 11-5, Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Sophomore Patrick Robinson tallied five hits in the two games, while senior Drew Reid connected on four. Robinson also had a team-high four RBI on the day, while freshman Jake Suddleson had three.

Game One: Army 8, Harvard 7 (9 innings)
Going to extra innings in a scheduled seven inning outing, Harvard baseball fell to Army in the opening contest of the series, 8-7.

Reid was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Robinson and senior Josh Ellis contributed two hits apiece. Five different hitters drove in runs. Junior Ian Miller got the start on the mound, fanning seven over 7.0 innings against six hits and four runs.

Harvard leapt out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, with back-to-back RBI doubles from sophomores Patrick McColl and Trent Bryan jump starting the offense. Ellis later singled home Bryan, and Reid stole home one batter later to extend the Harvard lead.

Following three runs by Army in the bottom half of the frame, and a game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh, the game went to extra innings.

Harvard tacked on three in the top of the ninth, beginning with an RBI bunts from freshmen Quinn Hoffman and Chad Minato. Robinson followed with a double to center that scored Hoffman, giving the Crimson a 7-4 lead.

Army responded, scoring four in the bottom of the frame to walk off with the opening victory of the series.

Game Two: Harvard 11, Army 5
The Crimson put 11 runs on the board in the second game of the day, earning the team's first triumph of the series. Suddleson and Robinson had three hits and three RBI each, while Hoffman and Bryan each drove home a pair of runs. Junior Noah Zavolas earned the win, striking out eight over seven innings while allowing six hits and three runs.

The Crimson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second after RBI-singles from Bryan and Reid. The advantage was pushed to 4-0 in the subsequent inning after a two-run home run from Suddleson over the left field fence.

Army pulled back within two, 4-2, but Harvard responded in the fifth with a pair of runs after an RBI-double from Suddleson and a RBI-single from Bryan. Hoffman tripled in the sixth inning to score sophomore Ben Skinner, making the score 7-3.

A bases-clearing triple from Robinson pushed the game out of reach for Army in the eighth, but the Black Knights collected themselves to put two on the board in the bottom half. Hoffman capped the game's scoring with an RBI-triple in the ninth.

Freshman Hunter Bigge and junior Garrett Rupp each pitched a scoreless inning to close the contest, a 11-5 Harvard win.

 The Crimson concludes its four-game set against Army on Sunday March 26 beginning at 11 a.m in Cary, North Carolina.