GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Harvard baseball team moved to an overall record of 7-10 after splitting a doubleheader at Furman on March 16. The Crimson triumphed 6-2 in game one, but a late rally fell short in the second as it dropped a 7-6 decision to the Paladins.
Matt Rothenberg had a banner day for Harvard, connecting on five of seven at bats (.714), including two home runs and four RBI. He collected a total of 11 bases in the two games and plated three scores for the Crimson effort. Buddy Mrowka and Ben Skinner also contributed .500 batting percentages, going one-for-two and four-for-eight at the plate.
From the pitching mound, Simon Rosenblum-Larson and Kevin Stone both pitched complete games, Rosenblum-Larson fanning 11 batters and posting a 1.29 ERA while Stone struck out three and gave up two walks.
Game One: Harvard 6, Furman 2 (7 Innings)
Matt Rothenberg led the charge in game one, going three for three at bat, totaling three RBI and scoring two runs. On top of that, two of Rothenberg's hits were home runs. Austin Black also carried the Crimson on a home run of his own that sent in himself and one other.
Simon Rosenblum-Larson pitched the complete game, tying his career high 11 strikeouts and earning his first win of the season. Facing a total of 26 batters, Rosenblum-Larson allowed just one walk, one earned run and three hits.
Early in the second, Matt Rothenberg blasted a home run to left center, putting the Crimson up 2-0. Harvard again held the Paladins scoreless, courtesy of Simon Rosenblum-Larson who struck out three batters straight.
After a quick third inning, Matt Rothenberg did it again, notching his second home run of the game that also sent in Buddy Hayward. Furman didn't take a crack at the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth when Jason Costa reached home off a fielding error.
Austin Black got in on the home run action in the sixth, driving in Hunter Bigge to put Harvard up 6-1. Furman was able to take back a score in the bottom of the seventh on a home run from Elmy but it was not enough to overcome the Crimson's four-run lead.
Game Two: Harvard 6, Furman 7 (7 Innings)
Hot off the first game, Furman opened game two scoring in the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead. The Paladins would double the score to 6-0 through the fourth before Harvard put together back-to-back three run innings but a lone run in the bottom of the sixth lifted Furman to a 7-6 victory.
Rothenberg put together another strong game, going two-for-four at bat while Ben Skinner led Harvard with three hits on four at bats. The Crimson continued to rake in the runs off homers from Ben Skinner, Devan Peterson and Buddy Mrowka with Mrowka's driving in three runs.
Kevin Stone held down the pitching mound for a complete game, facing 28 batters while registering three strikeouts, two walks and allowing 10 hits.
Harvard will play its final game of the spring break series tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Southern Conference Network.