Baseball Falls to Yale, 8-7, But Takes Weekend Series

Photo: Gil Talbot
Photo: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (16-7, 6-3 Ivy) played a back and forth game against Yale (11-16, 5-4 Ivy), but came up just short, 8-7, Sunday, in the third game of the series at O'Donnell Field. 

Harvard began the scoring in the first inning, as Saturday's savior, senior Patrick McColl, drove a ball over the right field fence for his eighth home run of the season. Yale answered in third inning with a pair of two-RBI singles to take a 4-1 advantage. The Crimson answered in the bottom half with two of its own, thanks to McColl's double to right center, which scored senior Ben Skinner from second. Two batters later, junior Hunter Bigge singled in McColl from second. 

Following a Yale home run in the top half of the fifth, Harvard answered in the bottom half, beginning with a double to center field from junior Jake Suddleson, scoring McColl and junior Quinn Hoffman. Bigge followed by pulling a ball deep over the left field fence.

The score remained 7-5 until the ninth inning, when the Bulldogs strung together a couple walks and a few key hits for three runs. In the bottom half, Harvard took McColl's lead-off single and advanced him to third with two outs, but couldn't advance the tying run. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • After his walk-off grand slam yesterday, McColl continued his hot hitting, getting on base in all five of his at-bats (three hits, two walks) and increased his batting average to .459 on the season.
  • Bigge led the way with three RBIs and four hits on the afternoon, the most in a single game for him this season.
  • Junior Chad Minato extended his hit streak to 16 games, taking sole possession of fifth in program history with the mark.
  • The Crimson earned strong relief pitching from senior John Maclean pitching two scoreless innings and registering a strikeout. 

Up Next:
Harvard will prepare to close out its long homestand, hosting Cornell for a three-game series, beginning with a 11:30 a.m. doubleheader at O'Donnell Field. The series will be broadcast on ESPN+.