Baseball Takes Fourth-Consecutive Ivy League Series, Sweeps Doubleheader Against Cornell

Photo: Gil Talbot
Photo: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (18-7, 8-3 Ivy) took both games in the Saturday doubleheader against Cornell (7-18, 2-9 Ivy) at O'Donnell Field. The Crimson took the first game, 8-6, then finished off the day with a 7-1 victory against the Big Red.

Game 1 – Harvard 8, Cornell 6

Despite a first inning home run by Cornell, the Crimson answered back with two runs of its own, beginning with a single by junior Jake Suddleson through the left side, scoring classmate Quinn Hoffman. Senior Pat McColl would score on the next at-bat thanks to a pass ball.

Harvard followed up the strong start in the second inning with a single by senior Ben Skinner, scoring first-year Hunter Baldwin. The next inning, junior Chad Minato took a pitch over the heart of the plate and pulled it over the wall in left field. The two-run shot put Harvard out ahead, 5-2. 

The Crimson answered two Big Red scores with back-to-back home runs by McColl and Suddleson in the bottom of the fourth, extending the lead to 8-4. Junior Hunter Bigge earned his fourth win of the season with a six inning, five-strikeout performance.

Game 2 – Harvard 7 Cornell 1

Harvard was led by sophomore Buddy Hayward, who pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing just five hits and striking out six Cornell batters.

The Crimson responded to Hayward's only run of the contest with two of its own in the bottom half of the first. Hoffman began the scoring with a single up the middle to score Skinner. Bigge scored Hoffman with a sac fly to right field, giving the team a lead they would not squander. 

Scoring continued in the third inning when Suddleson singled through the left side, plating Hoffman. In the fourth, senior Trent Bryan got in on the scoring with a base hit which scored Baldwin. Harvard received the bulk of its offense from Suddleson who hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to solidify the victory.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Hayward pitched his second complete game of the season, lowering his ERA to 4.23 and improved his strikeout total to 44, which puts him second on the team just behind Hunter Bigge who has 45. 
  • McColl, who came into the game leading the nation with his .459 batting average, got on base in four of his six at-bats today, including four walks. He improved his already impressive batting average to .461.
  • Despite ending his hit streak at 17 games, Minato added a crucial home run in the first game. His hit streak is good for fourth in program history, tied with Mark Mager from 2001.
  • Junior Kieran Shaw earned his 11save of the season, which brings him tied for the single-season Ivy League record. 

Up Next:

Senior Ian Miller will toe the rubber and look to close out the series with a sweep tomorrow at O'Donnell Field. First pitch will be at noon, with the game being broadcast on ESPN+.