Baseball Splits Opening Doubleheader with Brown

Baseball Splits Opening Doubleheader with Brown

MacLean tallied an RBI-single in game one (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Splitting its opening doubleheader of the weekend, Harvard baseball played to 3-2 and 7-3 decisions with Brown, respectively, on Saturday afternoon at Murray Stadium.

Sophomore Patrick McColl and freshman Quinn Hoffman led the offense with three hits apiece, while sophomore Patrick Robinson belted his eighth home run of the season with a team-high two RBI.

Game One: Harvard 3, Brown 2
Junior Ian Miller tossed his fifth complete game of the season, fanning seven over seven innings to earn his third victory of the season on the mound. McColl and classmates John MacLean and Ben Skinner tallied two hits apiece, while senior Josh Ellis joined MacLean and Skinner with one RBI.

The Crimson hopped out to a 3-0 lead with a trio of runs in the second inning. Following a leadoff double from McColl, the Crimson scored after a single to right field from MacLean. Two batters later, Skinner singled home MacLean. Ellis pushed the lead to three runs with a single to right to close the inning, scoring senior Drew Reid.

Brown added one run apiece in the third and fifth, but Miller shut down the Bears offense to hold onto the win, including three strikeouts over the final two frames. The only Brown runner to reach over the span was caught stealing by Ellis.

Game Two: Brown 7, Harvard 3
Brown came from behind to even the series, 1-1, with a 7-3 victory in the second outing of the day. Robinson homered for the fourth time in five games, and fifth in seven games, while Hoffman tallied a game-high three hits, including two doubles. Junior Noah Zavolas and freshman Grant Stone threw four innings each, with Zavolas striking out five and Stone allowing only three hits.

Robinson opened the scoring, giving Harvard a 2-0 lead after a home run to left center. Hoffman came around to score on the play. The Crimson's lead jumped to 3-0 one inning later, after freshman Chad Minato doubled to deep right center to score sophomore Jake Allen.

Brown totaled six runs in the third inning, and added a seventh in the sixth to take control of the game. Harvard posted nine hits in the game, while drawing two walks, but the Crimson couldn't push the runs across to earn the sweep.

Harvard concludes the weekend set with a twin bill against Brown on Sunday, April 23. The doubleheader will begin at noon.