Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Penn in Ivy League Opener

Photo: John Byrum
Photo: John Byrum

PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard baseball team (9-5) split the doubleheader against Penn (11-5), Saturday, at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Crimson will look to win the first Ivy League series of the season with tomorrow's game at 1 p.m.

Game 1 – Harvard 12, Penn 9

Harvard struck quickly and often in the first game, getting out to a lead with senior Ben Skinner's leadoff home run. Three batters later, junior Jake Suddleson followed with one of his own. 

After a score from Penn, the Crimson continued its onslaught of runs, beginning with senior Pat McColl's double to center, scoring sophomore Quinn Hoffman and senior Chase Aldridge. Suddleson added another RBI with a single to left field. The bulk of the scoring came in the third inning when Aldridge hit a deep home run to left field, scoring two runners to push the lead to 8-1.

Aldridge wasn't done, after a couple Penn runs, the senior doubled to left, scoring first-year Hunter Baldwin. McColl tallied yet another RBI double in the eighth inning, later scoring on junior Hunter Bigge's sacrifice fly. 

Bigge earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings and striking out four.

Game 2 – Harvard 12 Penn 16

Despite the continued success at the plate, the Crimson were upended by an offensive outburst by the Quakers. Harvard began with the lead, when Baldwin hit a triple down the left field line, scoring two runs in the second inning. The following inning, McColl hit a homerun to center field to extend the lead to 3-1.

Penn scored six runs in the following innings before McColl added two RBIs with a single. In the seventh inning, Suddleson doubled in Skinner.

Harvard's ninth inning rally began with Bigge's grand slam, followed by sophomore Buddy Mrowka's RBI double. Skinner hit a sacrifice fly which scored Mrowka from third. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • McColl finished the day with a combined six hits, seven RBIs and a home run over the two games. Additionally, he improved his season batting average to .513, which remains third best in the country. 
  • Suddleson improved his batting average to .389, as well as tallying three RBIs on the day, giving him a season total of 18, just two RBIs behind McColl.
  • Baldwin continues to make an impact in his first year, adding two hits in each game, including his first triple of his career.
  • In the second game, sophomore Jack Mahala pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless baseball, which comes off the heels of his first win of the season earlier in the week against Rutgers. 

Up Next: 
Harvard and Penn will face off in the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Ian Miller takes the hill for Harvard.