TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore Owen Holt dazzled in his Harvard debut but it was not enough to hold off the Alabama Crimson Tide, who handed Harvard baseball its second straight loss. The Crimson (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) carried a lead late into the game, but the Crimson Tide's (11-0, 0-0 SEC) late-inning rally powered them to the 10-5 win.
Holt took it right to Alabama in his first collegiate start, as the sophomore threw five full innings, recording three strikeouts an only four hits.
The Crimson bats got going early in the contest, with junior Tommy Seidl leading off the game with a stand-up double. Seidl added a single in the third inning, but was unable to touch home until Harvard finally broke the scoreless tie in the fifth, as Seidl hit the first home run of his career to score Hunter Baldwin and Logan Bravo and put Harvard up, 3-0.
Alabama went on to score runs in the sixth and seventh innings, before opening up a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Harvard's late-inning push was led by Bravo and first-year Will Jacobsen, who hit back-to-back singles. Baldwin followed with a double to center field that scored two runs and gave the junior his third hit of the game. Harvard's push was cut short, however, as Alabama held off the the Crimson rally to earn the win.
- Tommy Seidl was a triple short of the cycle this afternoon after going 3-3 with a double and home run.
- Hunter Baldwin went 3-4 with a double and a pair of RBI.
- Owen Holt looked strong in his first career start, throwing five innings of four-hit baseball to preserve what was a 3-0 Harvard lead.
- Logan Bravo and Will Jacobsen provided some assistance at the sixth and seventh holes, adding two hits each.
Harvard and Alabama conclude their three-game set with the finale tomorrow morning. First pitch is slated for 11:30 EST. Enzo Stefanoni will take the mound for his first action of 2020.