Suddleson’s Go-Ahead Grand Slam Helps Clinch Series Victory Over Penn, 8-6

Photo: John Byrum
Photo: John Byrum

PHILADELPHIA– The Harvard baseball team (10-5, 2-1 Ivy) earned its first Ivy League series victory of the season, defeating Penn (11-6, 1-2 Ivy), 8-6, Sunday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium. 

Penn began the scoring in the first inning, but senior starting pitcher Ian Miller mitigated the damage, allowing just one run. Junior Hunter Bigge answered back in the third inning, hitting a double to left field, scoring McColl and Hoffman to give Harvard the 2-1 advantage. 

The Quakers scored three times in the fourth inning to regain the lead. Senior Patrick McColl continued his phenomenal start, hitting his sixth home run of the season to tie the game at four.

It wasn't until the eighth inning when the tie was broken. Junior Jake Suddleson hit his fifth home run and first grand slam of the season, making the lead, 8-4. 

Despite a couple unearned runs by the Quakers, junior Kieran Shaw got the job done, earning the save for Harvard.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Miller won his second game of the season, pitching 7.1 innings for Harvard. 
  • McColl extended his multi-hit streak to six games and improved his batting average to .515, good for third in the country.
  • Suddleson sports a .390 batting average, and is tied with McColl for the team lead in RBIs with 22. 
  • Junior Quinn Hoffman led the team with four hits on the day, scoring three runs for the Crimson.
  • Shaw earned his sixth save of the season, pitching an inning and a third without allowing an earned run and striking out two batters. 

Up Next:
The Crimson returns home from its 15-game road trip, taking on Holy Cross in a non-conference mid-week matchup Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at O'Donnell Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.