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Team to face Big Green in key weekend contests

Harvard sophomore Schuyler Mann gets a mouthful as he returns safely to first base in the top of the sixth of the April 24 Beanpot Championship against Boston College. Despite a ninth-inning Crimson rally, the Eagles held on for the 8-6 win, to capture their sixth title. (Staff photos by Ruby Arguilla)

In Beanpot action this past Wednesday (April 23), the Harvard baseball team relied on some ninth-inning heroics against the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to earn an 8-7 victory in the opening round of the 14th annual tournament at Fenway Park. The victory propelled the Crimson to its first tournament championship appearance in five years, where, despite another last-inning rally against Boston College on Thursday (April 24), the Crimson fell, 8-6.

On the road this past Saturday (April 26), the Crimson fought off a late Brown rally to hold on for a pair of wins, 7-6 and 13-12. Freshman Lance Salsgiver was 5-for-8 at the plate, collecting seven RBIs and five runs on the afternoon.

And this past Tuesday (April 29) at O’Donnell Field, Harvard hammered out 20 hits on its way to a 19-3 win against Holy Cross to improve to 17-19 (9-7 Ivy).

The Crimson – who own a one-game lead over Dartmouth for first place in the league’s Red Rolfe Division – will play a pair of key doubleheaders this weekend against the Big Green. With the title on the line, the Crimson will head to Hanover for two games on Saturday (May 3) before returning to O’Donnell Field for two games on Sunday (May 4). Opening pitch on Sunday is set for 1 p.m.

Morgan Brown '06, Brian Lentz
Crimson pitcher Morgan Brown ’06 lobs the ball to first baseman Brian Lentz ’03 for the out in the eighth inning against UMass, Amherst, during the opening round of the annual Beanpot Tournament at Fenway Park on April 23. Harvard won the game in the final inning, 8-7.

– Andrew Brooks