Baseball Splits Doubleheader, Wins Series Against Princeton

Photo: Gil Talbot
Photo: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (13-6, 4-2 Ivy) split its doubleheader against Princeton (5-15, 2-4 Ivy), winning the early game, 5-3, and falling in the second game at O'Donnell Field, 16-9. 

Game 1: Harvard 5, Princeton 3

The Tigers struck first in the second inning, but junior Chad Minato answered, blasting his first home run of the season to left field to tie the game at one. Princeton answered back in the fifth inning, scoring on a wild pitch. Harvard also scored on a wild pitch for its second run of the game in the seventh inning. 

The Crimson broke the tie in the eighth inning, tallying three runs in the inning, beginning on a Minato hit and an error on the third baseman, scoring Suddleson and McColl. Another error would score pinch-runner Trent Bryan from second. 

Harvard was led by sophomore Buddy Hayward, who had a career day with 11 strikeouts through 7.1 innings, allowing just six hits. Despite the performance, classmate Enzo Stefanoni picked up the win out of the bullpen. 

Game 2: Harvard 9 Princeton 16

The Princeton bats came alive for the first time in the three-game series, scoring 12 unanswered runs to begin the contest. The Crimson showed fight, scoring nine runs over the following five innings.

First-year Hunter Baldwin finished with a career afternoon, hitting a triple to deep center, then following that up with his first collegiate home run. Junior Quinn Hoffman also tripled, which scored two runs. Junior Jake Suddleson tallied two RBIs in the second game, hitting two hard hit line drives, which turned into sacrifices.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Hayward struck out six Tigers through the first three innings and ten through the first five innings. The sophomore set a career-mark with 11 strikeouts and struck out every Princeton batter in the starting lineup at least once. 
  • Minato tallied three RBIs in the first game, then followed that up with four hits in the second game, a new career-high for the starting shortstop.
  • Baldwin hit his second triple of the season and first collegiate home run in the second game. He scored three times, as well as hitting three RBIs.
  • The Crimson totaled 38 strikeouts on the series, a new season high for a three-game series.
  • Senior Ben Skinner added four hits in the second game of the doubleheader, improving his batting average to .318 on the season.

Up Next:
Following the weekend series, the team will prepare for the first round of the Beanpot, facing off against Northeastern on April 2 at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Boston College, with the consolation and championship games played at Fenway Park on April 17.