CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (12-14, 3-3 Ivy) was setback 6-5 on Sunday afternoon in game three of its series with Penn (8-17-1, 3-5-1). The Crimson scored the opening two runs, and took back a one run lead in the fourth, but the Quakers rallied for two runs in the eighth to prevent the sweep.
Ben Skinner continued his solid performance at the plate this season, going four-for-five today while also adding a run and stolen base to the Crimson effort. Patrick McColl tallied his second home run of the season, putting the Crimson on the board with two RBI in the first. Freshman Tommy Seidl also contributed two of three RBI in the fourth for Harvard.
Buddy Hayward started on the mound for Harvard, throwing five strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched before Grant Stone made a brief appearance and Hunter Bigge finished off the final 4.2 innings. Bigge demolished his career high in strikeouts, posting eight today through 22 batters and allowing just one walk and two runs.
Harvard 5, Penn 6 (9 Innings)
Penn answered in the fourth with a four-run inning to take the lead, putting together a string of hits including a two-run single to right field by Christian Walton.
The Crimson fought back to go one up on the back end of the fourth, beginning with a single from Chad Minato that sent in Austin Black. Two batters later, Tommy Seidl singled up the middle, driving in Matt Rothenberg and Minato to take back a one-run advantage for Harvard.
Through the fifth, sixth and seventh, Hunter Bigge commanded the pitching mound, working Harvard out of multiple jams to maintain a 5-4 lead through the bottom of the seventh.
Penn regained the lead and secured the game on a two-out single to left field from Matt McGeagh that gave enough space for Eduardo Malinowski and Matt Tola to plate the game-tying and game-winning runs for the Quakers.
Up next, Harvard will take on Northeastern in the 2018 Beanpot on Tuesday, April 10. The Crimson will play the Huskies approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the consolation game, which is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch.