CLINTON, S.C. – The Harvard baseball team (4-6) put together back-to-back wins in its first of two doubleheaders this afternoon at Presbyterian (5-10). In game one, Harvard held an eight-run lead at one point, settling the final score at 11-5. On the backend of the twin bill, the Crimson played much closer, earning the victory by just a 2-1 margin.
Patrick McColl had a breakout day, totaling a team-high six RBI, including five in game one. Austin Black led at the plate, connecting on two of three at bats for a .667 average. Close behind was Devan Peterson who went three-for-five at the plate and also scored two runs on the day.
Five pitchers saw action on the mound with Noah Zavolas earning his first win of the season and Buddy Hayward making his first career start in addition to tallying his first collegiate win. Zavolas struck out five in seven innings while only allowing four hits from the Blue Hose in that span. Hayward tossed six batters in six innings pitched and only allowed one run from the hosts.
Game One: Harvard 11, Presbyterian 5 (9 Innings)
Harvard opened the day with a victory, led by Patrick McColl who batted in five runs during the nine-inning stretch. Prior to today's game, McColl had four RBI this season. Additionally, McColl put up back-to-back doubles and had a team-high eight put-outs. At the plate, Devan Peterson went three-for-five and scored two runs.
On the pitching mound, Noah Zavolas bolstered the Crimson, pitching seven innings while only allowing four hits and two runs. Garrett Rupp and Enzo Stefanoni split the remaining two innings, Stefanoni making his career debut for the Crimson and striking out two batters.
The first four innings were quick and quiet, neither team scoring and Harvard and Presbyterian totaling just three hits and one hit, respectively.
With runners on second and third, Presbyterian's Colton Chapman grounded out, allowing Connor Slagill to put the Blue Hose on the board in the bottom of the fifth. On the next play, Presbyterian added a tally off a single through the right side.
In the sixth, Presbyterian walked Ben Skinner, forcing Matt Rothenberg home to put Harvard up 4-2 with no outs. For the second time in the game, Patrick McColl walked up to the plate with the bases loaded and zero outs. McColl banged out his second consecutive double, sending in Peterson and Minato home for a 6-2 Harvard lead.
Immediately after, Buddy Hayward sent the ball to left field, allowing Skinner and McColl to plate two more runs for the Crimson.
Presbyterian chipped at the deficit on its turn at bat, scoring on a Jonathan White single to make the score 11-3 heading into the final inning of game one.
The Blue Hose managed to take back two runs in the ninth but it was not enough to overcome the eight-run Crimson lead.
Game Two: Harvard 2, Presbyterian 1 (7 Innings)
Game two proved to be a much calmer affair, Harvard and Presbyterian combining for just 10 total hits and three total runs. Patrick McColl and Jake Allen were responsible for Harvard's scores, while Buddy Hayward struck out six in six innings in his first collegiate start and win.
Harvard again marked the scoreboard first, when Ben Skinner was able to reach on a Presbyterian error.
In the third inning, Presbyterian would tab its only run of the game on a single from Nick Wise that sent Guy Casaceli to the plate.
The remaining four innings went quietly, the teams combining for just five total hits and zero runs.
The Crimson will return to the PC Baseball Complex tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the second of two doubleheaders against the Blue Hose.