FORT MYERS, Fla. – On its second day of competition at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, the Haverford College baseball team (2-2) registered a split with Pitt-Bradford (5-2) at Terry Park in Fort Myers.
Haverford 6, Pitt-Bradford 1
Behind a stellar pitching effort, Haverford took a game one victory, with three pitchers combining to two-hit the Panthers.
Senior Luke Duris (1-0) was masterful on the mound, twirling 5.1 innings of one-hit baseball, striking out a career-best 10 batters. Nathan Bass struck out all four batters he faced in 1.1 innings of relief before Lucas Greenbaum also struck out the final batter of the contest to finish the combined two-hit effort. In total, Haverford registered 15 strikeouts in just seven innings, tied for the sixth-most in program single-game history and the most in a seven-inning contest in the history of the program.
Logan Edmonds walked Will Karp to begin the contest who immediately got into scoring position with a steal of second. Ethan Lee-Tyson followed with a single up the middle and suddenly Haverford found itself up 1-0 before a single out was recorded. Harrison Burns added an RBI single in the fourth, as Haverford handed Duris a 2-0 cushion heading into the fifth frame.
Duris ran into his first spell of trouble in the Pitt-Bradford sixth. After notching his 10th and final strikeout of the day to begin the inning, the senior walked a pair of Panthers hitters. Nathan Bass then came in out of the bullpen and hit his first batter, loading the bases. Bass responded in a major way from that point, striking out Austin Parent and Kevin Rehak, the heart of the Pitt-Bradford order, to end the threat.
The Fords offense earned some insurance runs against new pitcher Benjamin Hayes in the seventh. Nick Perez laid down a one-out bunt single, and Karp followed with a double to left center, putting two in scoring position. With two down, Owen Plambeck ripped a single to center, plating the pair and putting the Fords up 4-0. Luke Wallis also knocked in a pair with an RBI single of his own later in the frame, as Haverford opened up the contest, taking a 6-0 advantage. Pitt-Bradford got on the scoreboard in the final frame, but Greenbaum spelled Bass for the final out of the morning, ensuring back-to-back innings where Haverford combined to strike out the side in the 6-1 triumph.
Pitt-Bradford 4, Haverford 2
In the second game, Haverford jumped out to an early run against Reid Tarnowski as Will Karp and Ethan Lee-Tyson each walked ahead of a single from Ryan Schwartz. For the second straight contest, the Fords had a run on the board before an out was recorded. Lee-Tyson later tripled in the third inning, and Schwartz followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 advantage.
Meanwhile, Dylan Livingston weaved his way out of trouble through his five innings of work on the hill, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out three. Pitt-Bradford rallied in the sixth against new pitcher Cole Bramhall in the sixth. After two quick outs, the Panthers put three runners on with two walks and a dropped third strike before scoring on a walk to tighten the score to just a one-run Haverford cushion at 2-1.
Tom Phillips moved from first base to the mound to spell Bramhall, but Pitt-Bradford scored on a hit by pitch and a walk, taking a 3-2 lead without the benefit of a hit.
The Fords got their first two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but Nate Renick got out of the jam for the Panthers. Pitt-Bradford added an insurance run in the seventh, and despite putting two runners on in the bottom of the frame, Haverford was forced to settle for the split as Ben Suter worked around a walk to seal his first save of the season.
Haverford is now 4-2 all-time against Pitt-Bradford in a series that has taken place exclusively in Florida. The Fords return to action tomorrow, facing off with No. 1 Wooster at 3 p.m. in Fort Myers. Last season, Haverford took down the then-No. 6 Scots, 1-0, in the final matchup of its stint at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. Livingston tossed six innings, striking out 10 batters in that contest.