BOSTON – The Harvard baseball team (18-9, 8-4 Ivy) dropped a heartbreaker in the ninth inning to Massachusetts (11-18, 5-7 A10), 10-9, in the Beanpot Championship at Fenway Park Wednesday.
Harvard began the scoring in the first inning, thanks to senior Patrick McColl's home run, which curled around the right field pole. The Crimson added two more runs in the second inning, when first-year Logan Bravo mashed his second-career home run over Fenway Park's Green Monster in left field.
Massachusetts answered in the bottom of the third, adding three runs on a couple extra-base hits to tie the game at three.
In the fifth inning, Harvard put up four runs to regain the lead. The scoring began with junior Jake Suddleson reaching base on an error by the right fielder, scoring senior Ben Skinner from third. The bases would fill up for junior Chad Minato, who was hit by a pitch, scoring McColl. Senior Devan Peterson came on to pinch-hit and reached on a error by the second baseman, scoring Suddleson and junior Hunter Bigge.
Despite two runs in the bottom half of the inning by the Minutemen, the Crimson added a run the following inning when McColl singled up the middle, scoring Skinner. Bravo would get in on the action yet again, this time doubling off the Monster in the seventh inning, scoring Minato from second.
Massachusetts continued its scoring in the seventh with three runs and the winning run in the ninth.
- First-year Logan Bravo impressed with two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run home run over the left field wall.
- Both seniors Jake Forte and JT Bernard pitched scoreless innings of relief for the Crimson, as Harvard used a season-high six pitchers on the night.
- Hot-hitting McColl added two RBIs on the night, including a first inning home run around the right field pole.
Harvard will hit the road following the mid-week matchup, taking on Dartmouth in a three-game series, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and broadcast on ESPN+.