CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (23-11, 12-6 Ivy) earns a walk-off victory on junior Jake Suddleson's double in the 14th inning against Columbia (17-19, 12-6 Ivy), 10-9, Sunday on senior day at O'Donnell Field.
Columbia began the game with five runs in the top half of the first inning, then added one more in the second inning to get out to a quick six-run advantage. Though, Harvard began to chip away in the third inning with senior Ben Skinner's double to left-center field, scoring classmate Trent Bryan. The inning continued with junior Quinn Hoffman's triple to right field, which plated Skinner from second. The inning would end with another run by Suddleson on a sacrifice.
After two home runs by the Lions, the Crimson went to work in the bottom of the seventh. The rally began with senior Patrick McColl's double to right center, scoring Skinner. The next batter, Suddleson hit a home run over the right field wall in right field to draw the game to within one. The inning continued and with a runner on second, sophomore Matt Thomas turned on a ball and hit it way over the left field fence, giving Harvard its first lead of the contest, 9-8.
With a run by the Lions in the top of the eighth, the score drew tied, sending the teams to extra innings. Strong pitching on both sides continued the game until the 14th inning. After Harvard escaped from a bases-loaded jam in the top of the inning, the team answered, beginning with McColl's liner up the middle to begin the inning. Then Suddleson, on the second pitch of the at bat, took a ball down in the zone and hit it into the gap in right center, scoring McColl all the way from first to win the ball game.
- With the victory, Harvard matches Columbia with a 12-6 record in Ivy League play with one series left to play. The Crimson now hold the tie-breaker atop the standings.
- Suddleson leads the team with five crucial runs batted in on the day, setting a new program record with 52 RBIs in a single-season. The mark was previously held by Andrew Huling in 1999.
- After picking up a save in yesterday's victory, first-year Harrison Stovern pitched a crucial 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit and throwing one strikeout.
- Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni kept Harvard alive in extra innings, grinding out two-scoreless innings after pitching three-scoreless innings on his way to earning a win in yesterday's contest.
- McColl and junior Chad Minato spent a lot of time on the base paths, both picking up four hits on the afternoon.
With the win, Harvard has won every Ivy League series they have played in. Before taking on Brown in the final regular season series, they'll travel down the street to Boston College for a mid-week contest on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.