COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Harvard baseball team dipped to 6-8 on the 2018 season after a 12-3 defeat at South Carolina on Wednesday, March 14. The Gamecocks showed their strength at the plate, going 14 for 37 as a team (.378) while the Crimson connected on just six of 34 at bats (.176). Harvard was solid in the outfield, catching 12 fly balls to South Carolina's eight and the Crimson made two double plays to none from the hosts.
Austin Black was responsible for two of three RBI for Harvard, Buddy Hayward taking credit for the third. Black was also the only Crimson player to tally extra base hits, notching a double and a home run this evening. Ben Skinner put up two hits on three at bats and also scored one of the Crimson's runs.
From the bullpen, Hunter Bigge made his first start of the season, throwing 100 pitches through 4.2 innings. Jack Mahala, Garrett Rupp and Enzo Stefanoni also saw time on the mound, rookies Mahala and Stefanoni fanning two batters each.
Harvard 3, South Carolina 12 (9 Innings)
South Carolina chipped back with a pair in the bottom of the opening frame.
The game was quiet until the top of the fourth when Austin Black opened the inning by blasting his first home run of the season to right field. On the backend of the fourth, the Gamecocks were all business, scoring four to take a 7-2 lead into the fifth.
South Carolina's offense erupted in the seventh, scoring five runs to extend its lead to 12-3. Loading the bases early, the Gamecocks were able to slowly but surely send in the first five batters to take a commanding lead.
Harvard is set to close out its spring break swing with a four-game series at Furman. Games will be played Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m., a doubleheader Friday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m.