CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (12-13, 3-2 Ivy) opened O'Donnell Field for the 2018 season with back-to-back wins against Penn (7-17-1, 2-5-1) on Saturday afternoon. With the wins, Harvard claims ownership of the season series with the Quakers, and will look for the three-game sweep on Sunday.
Hunter Bigge led the batters with a .571 average over both games, connecting on four of seven attempts and totaling three RBI. Ben Skinner and Austin Black also posted averages over .400 between the two contests, Black netting a team-high six RBI in the process.
From the pitching mound, Noah Zavalos and Simon Rosenblum-Larson earned wins today, Zavolas throwing six strikeouts in seven innings with no walks or earned runs and Rosenblum-Larson tossing seven batters over 5.2 innings pitched.
Game One: Harvard 5, Penn 2 (9 Innings)
In game one, Hunter Bigge went two-for-three at bat while Patrick McColl and Matt Rothenberg combined for four of five RBI for the Crimson. After two scoreless innings, Harvard tallied all the scores it would need with a five-run third inning.
Harvard notched its five runs on six hits, while Penn totaled nine hits but left eight runners on base. Penn's Daniel Halevy was also the only batter between both teams to put up an extra base hit in the opening game.
Noah Zavolas earned his team-leading third win of the season, facing 28 batters without allowing a single walk or earned run.
Game Two: Harvard 14, Penn 5 (9 Innings)
The Crimson showed up in fine fashion for game two, posting 14 runs on just 12 hits in 34 at bats. Ben Skinner connected on four of five at bats, while Austin Black drove in five runs on a .305 clip.
Harvard unleashed its offense in the second inning, scoring eight runs to take a dominating lead that would remain the rest of the afternoon. Penn chipped back three on the front end of the third, but was unable to overcome another five-run surge by the Crimson in the fourth.
Simon Rosenblum-Larson earned the win with seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings. The Madison, Wis. native allowed just three hits and one earned run in his time on the mound.
Harvard will return to the diamond tomorrow, April 8, to close out the season series with Penn. Game time is set for 1 p.m.