NEW YORK – A fourth inning rally came up short as the Harvard baseball team was defeated 9-6 in game three of its series with Columbia. After going down 6-1 through two innings, the Crimson battled back to tie the score at six, before the Lions surged for another three runs and the eventual win.
Kevin Stone pitched the opening 1.1 innings for the Crimson, before Grant Stone took over for 2.2 innings and Buddy Hayward and Kieran Shaw split the remaining four innings. The pitching staff threw a collective three strikeouts, while allowing three walks and 11 hits.
Harvard 6, Columbia 9 (9 Innings)
With two outs in the first, Patrick Robinson powered a single up the middle, driving in Patrick McColl to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. Columbia was able to take the run back in the bottom of the first off a Liam McGill double. The Lions went up 2-1 before a huge double-play from Matt Rothenberg, Chad Minato, Patrick McColl and Jake Allen denied a third score and ended the first inning.
Columbia doubled its score in the second when Liam McGill blasted the ball to right field, earning two RBI on the play. Before the end of the inning, the Lions would take two more off the bats of Chandler Bengtson and Joe Engel.
Austin Black added a run for the Crimson off a hit through the right side that allowed Jake Allen to reach. In the bottom of the third, Matt Rothenberg made back-to-back catches for the second and third out of the inning, denying the Lions a score.
Harvard's offense lit up in the fourth, beginning with a Ben Skinner double down the right field line that sent in Matt Rothenberg and put Chad Minato in scoring position. Jake Suddleson followed up with a two RBI single to right center, putting the Crimson within one at 6-5.
Patrick McColl drove in the game-tying run in the top of the sixth, sending a base hit to right field that gave Ben Skinner room to run two bases to score. Columbia chipped three more in on the back end of the inning to take back a three-run lead.
After a quick and quiet seventh and eighth inning, Columbia put together a quick one-two-three ninth inning to secure the season series with a game three victory.
Next up, Harvard will play its home opener, set for Tuesday, April 3 against Boston College. The teams will be playing for a spot in the Beanpot final on Tuesday, April 10. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at O'Donnell Field.