DeLAND, Fla. – In its first game at the Stetson Invitational, Harvard baseball came up short in its contest with Fairfield. The Crimson (0-4, 0-0 Ivy) was unable to rebound from an early deficit, as the Stags (1-6, 0-0 MAAC) came away with the 11-2 win. Sophomore Hunter Baldwin led the offensive charge for Harvard with two hits and two RBI.
Fairfield jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the Crimson. The Stags tacked on two more runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 11-0 lead going into the fifth. Harvard finally got on the board in the top of the sixth, when Baldwin roped a two-RBI triple to center field, scoring Matt Thomas and Will Jacobsen.
The Crimson bullpen put on a strong showing in relief of starting pitcher Kieran Shaw. Sophomore right-hander Joseph O'Connell gave Harvard three scoreless innings on the bump in his second outing of the season. The Nashville native surrendered only two hits while striking out a pair of Stag batters. Jaren Zinn pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning to hold the score at 11-2.
- Hunter Baldwin improved his season average to .385 with his 2-for-3 performance today.
- Joseph O'Connell's ERA remains at 0.00 after his scoreless outing today.
- Chad Minato, Matt Thomas, Will Jacobsen, Zach Brown and Logan Bravo all recorded singles in the contest.
Harvard returns to the diamond tomorrow at noon, when it takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes in day two of the Stetson Invitational. Owen Holt (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to make his second start of the season for the Crimson.