Baseball Edged by Harvard in Series Finale, 7-6, in Extra Innings

Baseball Edged by Harvard in Series Finale, 7-6, in Extra Innings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team scored four runs in the ninth inning to force extras, but Harvard answered in the 11th to take game two, 7-6, and claim both ends of Sunday's doubleheader at Murray Stadium.

Harvard also won the opener, 4-3, to improve to 16-20 overall and 5-11 in the Ivy League, while Brown dropped to 12-21, 5-11 in the league.

Game 1: Harvard 4, Brown 3

Simon Rosenblum-Larson earned the win for the Crimson in the opener as he went six innings with one earned run, before Kieran Shaw came in for the save. Senior Max Ritchie (Woodbridge, Conn.) allowed three earned runs in seven innings of work for the Bears.

Harvard scored two in the second and added another in the top of the sixth for the three-run lead. The Crimson kept the Bears off the board until the bottom of the sixth when Cameron Deere (Los Angeles, Calif.) hit an RBI double to right center.

After Harvard added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, the Bears made a late rally in bottom half, drawing three straight walks to load the bases with no outs. Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) sent in a run with a sac fly and Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) followed with an RBI double.

Harvard then intentionally walked Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) to load the bases with one out. Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped for an error, but Ben Skinner was able to pick up the ball in time to hit third base and then second base for a pair of force outs, as the Crimson ended with a double play to seal the win.

Game 2: Harvard 7, Brown 6 (11 Innings)

Henry, Grigo and Huntley had two hits apiece to lead the Brown offense in the second game. Rookie Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) had a solid start for the Bears, going seven innings with one earned run and five strikeouts. Shaw earned the win in relief for the Crimson and Reid Anderson (Aledo, Texas) was saddled with the loss out of the bullpen.

Patrick Robinson hit a solo homer in the first and the Crimson scored one more in the third on an error for the two-run lead, which proved to be the only scoring by either team through six innings. Brown broke through in the seventh as Deere crossed the plate on a groundout to trim the lead to one, 2-1.

Harvard took advantage of a two-out error in the eighth, as Patrick McColl followed the miscue with a three-run homer to right field. The Bears took one back in the bottom half, but the rally was cut short after Delano's double drove in another run, as the umpire ruled that a runner never touched third on the way to home. Harvard's appeal was successful, keeping the Crimson in front by three runs.

After Harvard scored again the ninth, the Bears rallied for four runs on three hits, capped when Huntley hit a two-out single up the middle to even the score and force extras.

Nevertheless, Trent Bryan hit a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning, and Shaw induced a final fly out with two runners on in the bottom half to seal the win.

Brown will host Siena in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday.