Baseball Wins Series with Brown, Sweeps Sunday Twin Bill

Baseball Wins Series with Brown, Sweeps Sunday Twin Bill

Bryan's 11th-inning homer gave Harvard the win in game two (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Utilizing the long ball to push past Brown, Harvard baseball earned a series victory with a Sunday sweep of the Bears, 4-3 and 7-6 (11), on Sunday afternoon at Murray Stadium.

Harvard (16-20, 5-11 Ivy) tallied four home runs in the twin bill, each coming from a sophomore: John MacLean, Patrick Robinson, Patrick McColl and Trent Bryan. McColl tallied a team-high three RBI in the two games, while Robinson tallied four hits. Simon Rosenblum-Larson and Kevin Stone, also sophomores, posted dominant performances against the Bears (12-21, 5-11 Ivy) on the mound as well.

Game One: Harvard 4, Brown 3
Rosenblum-Larson had a career-best day on the mound, striking out 11 over six innings while allowing just three hits and one run. The right-hander recorded the first seven outs via the punchout. MacLean, Robinson and senior Josh Ellis tallied two hits apiece, with MacLean providing his second jack of the season.

Singles from McColl and senior Matt Hink jump started the offense in the second, and MacLean put Harvard on the board when he reached on an error one batter later. Bryan doubled home MacLean later in the inning to give Harvard a 2-0 advantage.

MacLean ripped a long home run over the wall in left center in the sixth inning, extending the advantage to 3-0 with his second shot of the season. Brown responded in the bottom half with its first run of the game, making it 3-1.

Robinson connected on a double in the seventh, plating Ellis to regain Harvard's three-run cushion. Brown added two in the bottom half, but freshman Kieran Shaw was solid in relief to close the game and earn his second-career save.

Game Two: Harvard 7, Brown 6 (11 Innings)
Harvard tallied three homers in game two, including an 11th-inning shot by Bryan that gave Harvard the win. Robinson pounded his league-leading ninth homer of the season, which is tied for the seventh-most in a single season in program history, while McColl tallied his fifth, which ranks sixth in the conference in 2017. Stone tossed eight innings for the third-straight outing, striking out three against two runs while scattering eight hits. Shaw earned his first-career win in relief.

Robinson gave the Crimson the lead in the opening frame with a bomb over the left field wall. The advantage was pushed to 2-0 in the third after sophomore Ben Skinner scored on an error.

Brown pulled one back in the seventh, but the Crimson immediately responded with a three-run home run off the bat of McColl, scoring Robinson and Skinner from the corners. Brown tallied one more in the bottom half to close the Harvard lead to 5-2.

Bryan scored in the ninth after a hard hit ball by Skinner forced a Brown error, giving Harvard a 6-2 advantage, but Brown's offense exploded in the ninth for four runs to send the game to extra innings.

Sending the Crimson bench into jubilation, Bryan belted his second home run of the season over the wall in left center, giving Harvard a 7-6 lead heading to the bottom half. Shaw tallied the final three outs, including a pair of strikeouts, to earn the win.

Harvard travels to UMass Lowell for a midweek clash on Wednesday, April 26. First pitch is set for 5 p.m., and will be broadcast on AmericaEast.TV.