Baseball Outlasts Holy Cross in Home Opener, 7-6

Photo: John Byrum
Photo: John Byrum
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard Baseball team (11-5) held on to defeat Holy Cross (5-21), 7-6, to open its home schedule at O'Donnell Field.

Holy Cross kicked off the scoring quickly with runs in the first two innings. Senior Chase Aldridge answered back for Harvard in the bottom half of the second inning, singling to right center, scoring fellow seniors Devan Peterson and Chad Minato

It wasn't until the fourth inning when the tie was broken by the Harvard, first-year Hunter Baldwin singled up the middle, scoring Aldridge and Minato to give the Crimson a lead it would not squander. 

After Holy Cross brought the game to 4-3, junior Hunter Bigge singled to right center, scoring senior Patrick McColl. Later in the inning, junior Jake Suddleson scored on a sacrifice by Minato, then Peterson singled to first base, scoring Bigge. The three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference, as Holy Cross would score three runs of their own in the eighth and ninth inning.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior Kieran Shaw earned his seventh save of the season, which sets a new single-season record at Harvard.
  • McColl, who entered the game with the best batting average in the country, had two hits on the game, extending his multi-hit streak to seven games.
  • Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni earned his second win of the season coming in from the bullpen. The right hander has a 1.86 ERA over 19.1 innings with 13 strikeouts.
  • Aldridge and Baldwin proved to be the difference makers at the plate, producing four of the seven Crimson runs.

Up Next:
Harvard will continue its home stretch, welcoming Princeton for the team's first home Ivy League series of the year. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader begins at 11:30 a.m. at O'Donnell Field and broadcast on ESPN+.