Baseball Goes Four for Four at Presbyterian

Baseball Goes Four for Four at Presbyterian

CLINTON, S.C. – The Harvard baseball team closed out day two at Presbyterian with two more wins, bringing its overall record to an even 6-6. The Crimson is now on a four-game win streak after 7-5 and 10-5 decisions today at the PC Baseball Complex. 

On day two, Jake Allen, Chad Minato and Ben Skinner all batted .400, connecting on two of five attempts each. Four different players tallied multiple RBI while an additional five notched one each. Harvard also combined for a .985 fielding percentage over the two-game spread.

The pitching staff combined for 10 strikeouts, led by Simon Rosenblum-Larson, who tossed seven batters in seven innings pitched.

Game One: Harvard 7, Presbyterian 5 (10 Innings)
With its back against the wall, the Crimson scored four runs in the ninth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit. The Blue Hose would notch a game-tying run in the bottom to force extra innings but Harvard rallied for three runs in the tenth to outlast Presbyterian 7-5 in game one. 

Ben Skinner led the pack with two RBI while Austin Black went one-for-two and Jake Suddleson went two-for-four at the plate. 

Simon Rosenblum-Larson held down the mound for seven innings, striking out seven while only allowing four hits and one run. Freshman Jack Mahala and Kieran Shaw shared the final frames of action, Shaw earning the decision. 

Devan Peterson came up big in the bottom of the first, tagging Jonathan White out at the plate, as he tried to steal a run for the Blue Hose.

The game would remain scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Jonathan White scored on a Harvard double play. Presbyterian would capitalize on back to back singles in the eighth to take a 3-0 lead. 

The Crimson would make its move in the top of the ninth, scoring four runs to take the lead. Jake Suddleson put Harvard on the board when the Blue Hose committed an error on Buddy Hayward's hit. When Ben Skinner returned to the plate, he doubled to drive in Chase Aldridge and John MacLean to tie the game at three. Devan Peterson stepped up to the plate next, batting a single to center field that allowed Skinner to reach. 

The Blue Hose got one back to force extra innings in the bottom of the ninth off a double from Richardson. 

Harvard took the lead in the tenth when Jake Allen was able to score on a wild pitch. Shortly after, John MacLean hit a sacrifice fly to send in Jake Suddleson and Buddy Mrowka singled, driving in Matt Rothenberg and giving Harvard a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the tenth. 

Presbyterian closed the gap to two in its final at bat but was not able to generate enough offense to overcome the Crimson. 


Game Two: Harvard 10, Presbyterian 6 (6 Innings)
On the back end of the twin bill, Harvard crept up the scoreboard innings one through three before unleashing the offense with back-to-back homers in the fourth and five scores in the fifth. Matt Rothenberg bolstered the attack with two RBI including one of two home runs. John MacLean was responsible for the other, in his season debut. Jake Allen also notched two RBI, while five other players drove in scores for the Crimson effort.

Kevin Stone earned the win, his second of the season as well as his second complete game of the season.

Harvard marked the scoresheet first in game two when Hunter Bigge doubled in the top of the second, sending in Austin Black who had advanced to second and third on back-to-back wild pitches from Greco. 

Harvard added two more runs in the top of the third, one from Chad Minato on Greco's third wild pitch and one from Patrick McColl on a Buddy Hayward sacrifice fly. 

Presbyterian tied the game on back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the third, before Harvard took the lead back with consecutive home runs from Matt Rothenberg and John MacLean to open the fourth inning.

The Crimson put the pressure on in the fifth, scoring five runs to take a 10-3 lead. Matt Rothenberg sent in Buddy Hayward early in the inning before Jake Allen, Chad Minato and Patrick McColl put together four-straight scores to close out the inning. Allen batted in two on a single to right center while Minato and McColl both sent singles through the right side. 

The Blue Hose chipped away with consecutive scores in the fifth, closing the gap to 10-5. 

After a quick sixth inning, the game was called due to darkness with Harvard earning four wins in four games. 


What's Next?
The Crimson will prep for its next string of games, Tuesday through Saturday beginning with a single game at Davidson on March 13 at 6 p.m.