Baseball Edges Rutgers, 7-6, in Last Test Before Conference Play

Photo: John Byrum
Photo: John Byrum

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team (8-4) took down Rutgers (5-12), 7-6, Wednesday in Port Charlotte, Florida, in the team's final non-conference game before Ivy League play begins Saturday on the road against Penn.

Scoring began in the third inning for both teams. In the top of the inning, Rutgers tallied three runs on a string of singles. The Crimson answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, led by senior Patrick McColl's triple down the right field line, which scored senior Chase Aldridge and junior Quinn Hoffman. Junior Jake Suddleson followed shortly after, scoring McColl from third with a single through the left side. 

After Rutgers regained the lead with a RBI single in the fourth inning, The Crimson answered again with two runs in the fifth inning. McColl tripled yet again, this time down the left field line, scoring Aldridge. Junior Hunter Bigge singled in McColl from third to take the lead. 

Harvard would continue the scoring in the sixth inning, thanks to a Rutgers throwing error and another Suddleson single. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Sophomore Jack Mahala earned his first win of the season after pitching two innings in relief and allowing just one run.
  • Junior Kieran Shaw came in to shut the door for his fifth save of the season. Shaw has yet to allow a run over 6.1 innings, striking out eight batters. He's a perfect six-for-six this season in save chances.
  • McColl tallied his second-consecutive four-hit game, adding his first two triples of the season. The senior also added a game-high three RBIs.
  • Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni lowered his already impressive ERA to 0.60, pitching one inning in the setup role for the Crimson. 
  • Suddleson's two RBIs in today's game increases his team-leading RBI count to 15.

Up Next:
The Crimson travels to Penn for its first Ivy League matchup, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader that starts at 11:30 a.m. The games will be broadcast on ESPN+.