High-Scoring Offense Leads Baseball to Split with Yale

Harvard tallied five homers in the twin bill (Elan Kawesch).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stepping to the plate for a high-scoring pair of games, Harvard baseball played to a split with Yale, 13-9 and 12-7, on Sunday afternoon at O'Donnell Field.

Harvard tacked on five home runs, and hit 12 total in the series, with sophomores Patrick McColl and Patrick Robinson each connecting on two long balls. Junior John Fallon also homered, his second-straight day with a homer. McColl led the squad with seven RBI in the two games.

Game One: Yale 13, Harvard 9
Yale rallied past the Crimson in game one, 13-9, despite five RBI from McColl, which matched a career-high. Freshman Quinn Hoffman notched a game-high two hits, while McColl, senior Josh Ellis and sophomore Jake Allen each tallied two hits. Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson got the start on the mound, striking g out four over 5.2 innings.

The Crimson jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, beginning with a three-run home run by McColl over the right field wall. Fallon later scored in the inning after an RBI-single to left-center by freshman Chad Minato. Ellis increased the Crimson advantage to 5-0 in the second with his first of three runs in the game, scoring on a wild pitch.

Yale pulled two runs back in the third, and took the lead after a four-run fourth inning. Adding to their tally, Yale pushed the score to 9-5 with three more scores in the fifth and sixth.

Following two out hits from Ellis and Hoffman, McColl laced a triple over the right fielder to bring home two. Pinch hitting, Robinson stepped to the plate and ripped a two-run home run to right field to tie the game at 9-9.

Yale tallied four runs in the seventh, and the Crimson could not muster enough offense in the final frame to pull even.

Game Two: Harvard 12, Yale 7
McColl continued his hot play at the plate in game two, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs. Fallon and Robinson added home runs, while sophomore Ben Skinner contributed three hits and one RBI. Sophomore Kevin Stone scattered eight hits over eight innings, matching a career-high with eight strikeouts.

The Crimson got off to a fast start, putting up five runs in the bottom of the first. Ellis and Hoffman notched a single and double, respectively, to open the inning, and following an RBI-single from McColl, Fallon blasted a three-run home run to right center. The homer was the third of the season for Fallon. Skinner capped the frame with an RBI single through the left side.

Yale put six on the board in the second, taking the lead from the Crimson. The home team responded with four runs in the fourth to take a 9-6 lead, beginning with an RBI-single to center by sophomore John MacLean. Freshman Jake Suddleson immediately followed with an RBI double, while MacLean scored soon after on a wild pitch. Suddleson crossed home to close the inning after a single up the gut by senior Drew Reid. A solo home run by Yale in the seventh pulled the visitors within two, 9-7.

McColl hit his second homer of the twin bill, rocketing a solo shot far past the center field wall in the seventh inning. The jack was the fourth of the season for the first baseman, who is tied for the team lead in RBI with 28.

Pinch hitting for the second-straight game, Robinson pushed the game out of reach in the eighth with a pinch-hit two run home run to right center, scoring Suddleson. Robinson co-leads the team with 28 RBI, while his fourth home run of the series gave him seven on the season. 

Freshman Grant Stone took the mound for the final frame, shutting down the Bulldogs to give Harvard the victory.

Harvard will take on Boston College in the Beanpot Championship April 19 at Fenway Park. The Crimson will look for its fifth Beanpot title with first pitch approximated around 6 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.