CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (11-5, 3-1 Ivy) dominated Princeton, (4-14, 1-3 Ivy), 12-0, to win the first game of the three game series. The teams will square off in a doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at O'Donnell Field.
The Crimson began the scoring in the bottom of the third, when senior Ben Skinner led things off with a home run to left center. In the fifth inning, juniors Jake Suddleson and Hunter Bigge hit deep home runs back-to-back to extend the Harvard lead to 3-0. The following inning, junior Quinn Hoffman singled through the middle, scoring Skinner and senior Jake Allen.
Harvard blew the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning, beginning with a double by first-year Hunter Baldwin, scoring senior Chad Minato from second. The next batter, Jake Allen, singled Baldwin in from second. Hoffman added to his RBI total with a sacrifice fly to left field. Senior Patrick McColl just missed a home run off the very top of the fence in center field, but turned it into a triple. Suddleson hit his second home run of the game in the next at-bat, scoring McColl.
Along with Bigge's home run in the fifth inning, the junior dominated on the mound. He finished with 13 strikeouts over seven innings, only allowing four hits.
- Bigge struck out all nine Princeton batters at least once, as well as throwing a career-high 13 strikeouts in the game, besting his previous record of nine against Radford earlier in the year.
- With two home runs on the day, Suddleson takes over as the team home run leader with seven. He also leads the team with 25 RBIs.
- McColl hit his third triple of the season, setting a new career mark.
- Hoffman had a career-high three RBIs on the game and Skinner tied his career-high in home runs with two.
The team will ready for a Saturday doubleheader against Princeton, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at O'Donnell Field. Buddy Hayward toes the rubber for the first game against the Tigers.