GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Harvard baseball team (6-9) was unable to fend off the Furman Paladins (11-6) in game one of four this evening at Latham Field in Greenville, S.C. The Crimson fell 16-3, by way of a 12-run outburst from Furman in the seventh and eighth innings.
Patrick McColl continued to rake in RBI, notching three tonight to up his season total to a team-high 15. McColl hit his first home run of the season in the fifth that brought home Ben Skinner and Devan Peterson.
Noah Zavolas tied his career high of eight strikeouts in six innings on the mound, allowing 10 hits, four runs and two walks. Garrett Rupp made a brief appearance before freshman Enzo Stefanoni, JT Bernard and Jaren Zinn finished out the remaining three innings for the Crimson.
Harvard 3, Furman 16 (9 Innings)
Furman opened the game with a bang when its first batter, Ben Anderson, blasted a home run to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Anderson again came up big for the Paladins, batting a single up the middle that drove in two runners for a 3-0 lead. Three batters later, Anderson would score on a Jason Costa hit before Harvard put up a double play, from Minato to Aldridge to McColl, to stop Furman in its tracks.
The Crimson made its move in the fifth, off the bat of first baseman Patrick McColl. After Ben Skinner doubled and Devan Peterson reached on a walk, McColl launched the ball over the center field wall for his first homer of the season and three RBI.
The Paladins rolled it up in the seventh, scoring five runs to take an 9-3 lead. Jake Crawford led off the inning with a home run, his second hit on three at bats. With two outs, Furman scored back-to-back-to-back on three consecutive extra base hits.
Furman continued to forge ahead, putting 13 runs between itself and Harvard in the eighth. Brandon Elmy and Logan Taplett tallied two RBI apiece on the Paladins' seventh and eighth extra base hits of the game to make the score 13-3 before a Harvard walk and error gave three Furman runners an opportunity to reach home.
Harvard will return to the diamond tomorrow, March 16, for a doubleheader against the Paladins. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. and the games will be broadcast on the Southern Conference Network.