Harvard Tops HC In Extra Innings

April 6, 2006

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Josh Klimkiewicz recorded an RBI groundout to score Morgan Brown in the 11th inning to propel the Harvard baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Holy Cross on Thursday afternoon at Fitton Field. The Crusaders have gone 0-6-1 in their last seven games and fall to 9-12-1 overall, while Harvard improves to 9-9-1 on the season.

In the 11th, Brown led off the inning with a double inside the third base bag. Brown moved to third on a long fly-out from Steffan Wilson. Klimkiewicz then rolled a soft grounder towards first that appeared to be headed foul, but Holy Cross first baseman Andrew Tenaglia picked up the ball and tagged Klimkiewicz as Brown crossed the plate on the play to put Harvard ahead for good.

Holy Cross had a chance in the 10th with the bases loaded and two out, but Harvard pitcher Steffan Wilson induced a soft grounder to short where Morgan Brown made a nifty throw to get out of the inning.

Harvard jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Lance Salsgiver drove the second pitch of the game over the center field fence. But Holy Cross answered with two in the bottom of the first after Jake Gorman lined a single to center to score Tucker Frawley, and a fielding error allowed the second Crusader run of the inning to cross the plate.

Harvard tied it up in the second on a leadoff single from Harry Douglas and an RBI single from Tom Stack-Babich. The game then went scoreless into the 10th inning.

For Holy Cross, Gorman and Jamie Aldrich both finished with two hits, while Salsgiver and Brown both had two hits for the Crimson.

The game ended with Salsgiver corralled a long fly ball from Gil Gomez at the base of the wall in deep left field to make a winner of Wilson (1-0).

Eight Harvard pitchers held the Crusaders to five hits in the game with none coming from the fourth frame to the 10th. In that time, the staff retired 13 straight batters from the fifth inning until Aldrich led off the bottom of the 10th with the bunt single.

Holy Cross will travel to Lehigh on Saturday, April 8 for a four-game weekend series with the Mountain Hawks. The Crusaders are currently 0-4 in Patriot League play, while Lehigh is 3-1.