BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (13-14, 3-3 Ivy) captured its fifth Beanpot title in program history with an 8-6 defeat of Northeastern (18-11, 5-1 CAA) today at Friedman Diamond. After the Huskies took an early 6-0 lead, the Crimson stormed back scoring eight unanswered runs to take home its first trophy of the season. This was Harvard's third Beanpot championship appearance, second win, in five years.
The balanced attack from the Harvard dugout propelled the team to victory. Buddy Mrowka and Devan Peterson bolstered the offense with three RBI apiece while Kevin Stone, John MacLean and Kieran Shaw held down the mound, combining for five strikeouts and keeping the Huskies to nine hits.
Harvard 8, Northeastern 6 (9 Innings)
Northeastern showed its strength early, scoring all six of its runs in the first inning to take a daunting 6-0 lead. After a Harvard throwing error allowed Scott Holzwasser to reach and Charlie McConnell to score, Holzwasser made his way through the bases and plated the Huskies' second score on an Ian Fair walk.
The next batter up, Kyle Peterson, homered to right field for a grand slam, extending Northeastern's lead to 6-0.
Harvard would have the last say on the scoreboard in the top of the third, driving in the six runs it needed to win the game. On back-to-back plays, Patrick McColl and Patrick Robinson singled through the right side, sending in Tommy Seidl and putting McColl in scoring position at third. After a Robinson stolen base and an Austin Black walk, Matt Rothenberg singled to right field cutting Northeastern's lead to two.
Rookie Buddy Mrowka then ripped a triple to right center that drove in Matt Rothenberg, Austin Black and Patrick Robinson, giving Harvard a 7-6 lead. Devan Peterson gave the Crimson a buffer, hitting a sacrifice fly near the end of the third that allowed Buddy Mrowka to put Harvard two-up at 8-6.
Up next, Harvard will continue Ivy League action with a trip to reigning conference champion, Yale, this Friday and Saturday.