Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Harvard to Open Four-Game Series

Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Harvard to Open Four-Game Series

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.), Noah Shulman (Merrick, N.Y.) and Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) each posted multiple-hit performances with one homer apiece to lead the Brown baseball team to a 9-6 victory over Harvard in the first game of a doubleheader to gain a split Saturday in the opening day of a four-game series at Murray Stadium.

Brown moves to 7-19 overall and 3-7 in the Ivy League to open Red Rolfe division play, while Harvard won game two, 21-7, and moves to 15-14 on the season and 4-6 in the league.

Game 1 (Brown 9, Harvard 6)

Henry was one of four Bears with multiple hits as he went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs to go along with three RBI, one home run and one double. Shulman had two hits and also drove in three runs, while Marcal and Jake Levine (Newton, Mas.) had two hits apiece.

Senior Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, Mass.) picked up the win as he went 6.0 innings on the mound, allowing six runs with seven strikeouts. Rookie Dante Bosnic (Lutz, Fla.) took care of the final inning in relief and added two strikeouts. Nick Gruener had the loss for the Crimson after he allowed seven earned runs in three innings. 

After Harvard scored one run in the opening frame, the Bears bounced back with two in the bottom half, when Shulman and Marcal each hit RBI singles to give the home side the one-run lead.

Brown carried over its momentum into the second inning as the offense exploded for six runs on four hits, highlighted by three home runs. Henry started it off with a three-run home run over the center field fence, before Shulman hit a two-run homer one batter later after Levine singled to right field. Marcal added a solo shot later in the frame to give the Bears a seven-run advantage.

After Brown tacked on another run in the fourth when Levine drove in Henry with a single to right, the Crimson started to climb back, scoring three runs over the next two innings. Harvard scored two more in the top of the seventh and put two men on with the tying run at the plate, but Bosnic was able to get a final strikeout to seal the win.

Game 2 (Harvard 21, Brown 7)

Harvard evened the series with a strong offensive showing in the second game, scoring 21 runs on 23 hits, while the Brown bats racked up 12 hits in the contest. Marcal and junior Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) had three hits apiece, while Marcal and Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo) each drove in a pair of runs. 

Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) was handed the loss for the Bears and Matt Timoney earned the win on the other side for the Crimson.

Harvard scored one run in each of the first four innings, but Brown took one back in the third when Henry sent home Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) on a double to right center.

From there, the Crimson used six hits to score seven runs on the top of the fifth, but the Bears countered with six runs on five hits in the sixth. After Marcal hit a two-run double to right, Nick Fornaca (San Diego, Calif.) had a pinch-hit RBI single to left and Huntley followed with a two-run homer over the left field fence. McKeithan crossed the plate later in the frame on an error by the first baseman.

Nevertheless, the Crimson bats went back to work with 10 runs over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Brown and Harvard wrap up the four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at noon.