Despite Ninth Inning Rally, Baseball Drops Season Opener to Wofford, 6-5

Despite Ninth Inning Rally, Baseball Drops Season Opener to Wofford, 6-5

SPARTANBURG, S.C.– The Harvard baseball team (0-1) fell in the team's season opener to Wofford (5-3), 6-5, Friday night at Russell C. King Field. The team will look to bounce back with a doubleheader against Wofford Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m.

The Crimson started strong in the first inning, when junior Jake Suddleson tripled to right field with a full count, scoring senior Patrick McColl for the game's first run. The Terriers answered in the bottom half of the inning by advancing home on a wild pitch by junior Hunter Bigge, Harvard's starter.

Wofford extended its lead in the bottom of the third inning when Lawson Hill singled to right, scoring Colin Davis from third. The Terriers would add another run in the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field by Hudson Byorick. 

The Crimson tied the game at three in the top of the fourth inning when junior Quinn Hoffman doubled to right field, scoring first-year Hunter Baldwin and senior Chase Aldridge. Wofford would again respond in the bottom-half of the inning, with a two-RBI double down the left-field line. The Terriers added another one, scoring on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.

Harvard threatened a comeback in the ninth thanks to Hoffman reaching base on an error to lead off the inning, followed by a long homerun by McColl to right center, bringing the game to within one. The Crimson had a chance with two-outs in the ninth inning with a runner on second, but could not score. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Suddleson led the way with three hits on the night, including a triple and two singles.
  • Aldridge got on base three times, including two singles and a walk. 
  • Coming out the bullpen, sophomore Enzo Stefanoni pitched a scoreless 4.1 innings, allowing just one hit.
  • Hoffman returned from an injury which cost him his sophomore season, adding two RBIs and a double. 

Up Next:
Harvard will prepare for a quick turnaround, taking on Wofford in a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. at Russell C. King Field. Sophomore Buddy Hayward will take the mound in the first game, while senior Ian Miller will start the second game.