Baseball Closes Cornell Series with Momentous 6-2 Win

Baseball Closes Cornell Series with Momentous 6-2 Win

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard baseball team (20-19, 10-8 Ivy) closed out the Cornell series with a strong 6-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. The win came with additional meaning, marking the first 20-win season under head coach Bill Decker, the most wins since 2006 under Joe Walsh (21-20-1) and the most Ivy League wins since 2010 (10-10). Harvard is also now one of only two Ivy programs with winning overall records for the 2018 season. 

Patrick Robinson played all over the board today, going three-for-four at bat, notching two RBI and scoring two runs of his own, including his fourth homer of the season. Ben Skinner also had a successful day at the dish, recording two hits on four at bats, along with two RBI. 

Simon Rosenblum-Larson threw a no-hitter through 5.2 of his 6.1 total innings pitched, racking up nine strikeouts and no runs before Kieran Shaw and Hunter Bigge took the mound to close out the game. Shaw hurled 1.1 innings, tallying two strikeouts while Bigge pitched the final 1.1 facing five batters without allowing a single run or walk.

Harvard 6, Cornell 2 (9 Innings) 

For the fourth consecutive game, Harvard cracked the scoreboard first when Patrick Robinson hit a two out single to right field that allowed Jake Suddleson to score, unearned. 

Harvard doubled its lead in the second after Jake Allen blasted a triple, his first of the season, to the right field wall and Ben Skinner followed up with a sacrifice fly to send in the catcher. 

Patrick Robinson made it 3-0 with a bomb over the left field wall in the third, his fourth homer of the season and 24th RBI. 

Cornell denied the shutout in the seventh when back-to-back doubles allowed Ryan Krainz to reach. The Big Red threatened the Crimson's lead with a single to center field from Will Simonet that allowed Kyle Gallagher to score and make it 3-2 Harvard. 

The Crimson added an insurance run in the eighth when Matt Rothenberg singled through the left side to drive in Patrick Robinson for a 4-2 Harvard lead. With two outs, Ben Skinner sent a screamer to left center that allowed Buddy Mrowka to score and make it 5-2 Crimson. 

In the ninth, Hunter Bigge made his first statement at bat, doubling to right field and adding an RBI when Jake Suddleson plated Harvard's sixth run. 

What's Next?
The Crimson will take a brief hiatus for final exams, and will return to the diamond to close out the regular season on May 13 and 14 hosting Dartmouth.