Harvard will play for its first Beanpot championship since 2014 (Fran Ruchalski).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the diamond for the first time in Cambridge this season, Harvard baseball tallied a 7-3 victory over Massachusetts in the first round of the Beanpot Wednesday at O'Donnell Field. With the triumph, the Crimson advances to the championship game at Fenway Park April 19.
Harvard (11-12) got two hits apiece from seniors Drew Reid and Josh Ellis, while sophomore Trent Bryan led the way with three RBI. Sophomore Patrick McColl added a two-run triple, while classmate Ben Skinner and freshman Quinn Hoffman also recorded RBI for Harvard. Freshman Grant Stone got the start, earning the win after striking out four over three innings while giving up just one hit and one run.
Massachusetts (6-14) struck first with a leadoff home run, but the Crimson immediately responded with five runs in the bottom of the third to take control of the game. Following back-to-back singles by Reid and Ellis, Skinner singled to left field to tie the game, 1-1. Bryan then dropped a double into center field to score a pair, and McColl delivered a two-run triple down the right field line to plate two teammates, giving Harvard a 5-1 lead.
The Minutemen pulled within two after runs in the fifth and sixth, but the Crimson tacked on two in the seventh after an RBI double from Hoffman and a sacrifice fly from Bryan.
The Crimson pitching staff combined for nine strikeouts on the day, getting strong outings from Stone, freshmen JT Bernard and Hunter Bigge and senior Matt Hink. Bigge shut the door on a potential rally, forcing a groundout to close the game.
Harvard will face Boston College in the championship of the Beanpot at historic Fenway Park, with game time scheduled for 6 p.m., or 45 minutes following the completion of the first game.
The Crimson returns to its Ivy slate with a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders over the weekend against Cornell and Princeton. The Princeton twin bill will be broadcast on ESPN3, while all four games can be found on the Ivy League Digital Network.