Harvard Edges Brown in Doubleheader

Harvard Edges Brown in Doubleheader

Cambridge, Mass. – Twice the Brown baseball team seemed to be in control late against Harvard with Rolfe Division title implications on the line, but both times the Crimson were able to tally late runs to take both games, 7-4 and 4-2.

Junior first baseman Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) continued his recent hot streak in game one, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI while reigning, two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) went 2-for 4 with a run, double and RBI in game two in spite of Harvard's late game heroics.

After trailing 1-0 after one, Brown (7-28, 4-10) tallied two runs in each of the next two innings to take a 4-1 lead over Harvard (10-26, 6-8) heading into the fourth inning. Senior Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) tallied RBI's in the second before Slaughter's two-run home run in the third looked to put the Bears in control. 

Harvard was able to register two runs of its own in the fourth and one more in the fifth to tie up the game, but it came down to the sixth inning when the Crimson plated three more runs to take control on their way to a 7-4 win.

The Bears were first to score in game two as well, as Marcal scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.), but Harvard answered with two runs in the third to take the lead. 

Brown responded late with an RBI single by Marcal in the sixth inning after a triple by sophomore catcher Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), but the tie would not last as the Crimson would tally two runs in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead.

Harvard and Brown will square off in two more games tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, April 21, with a chance at the Rolfe Division on the line.