CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (23-12, 12-6 Ivy) looks to clinch a spot in the Ivy League Playoff Series with a win in the three-game set against the Brown Bears (11-25, 8-10 Ivy), beginning on Saturday with a doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. in Providence, Rhode Island. The final game of the series will be on Sunday at noon, with all three games being broadcast on ESPN+.
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- Harvard clinches a berth in the playoff series with a win or a Yale loss to Princeton.
- Senior Patrick McColl maintains a .418 batting average and sits fifth in the country coming into the weekend. McColl is also seventh in the country with a .788 slugging percentage. The senior also is tied for the team lead with 11 home runs and needs just three to tie a program record.
- Junior Jake Suddleson picked up Ivy League Player-of-the-Week honors with 10 hits and nine RBIs in four games last week. The junior also surpassed the program record for RBIs in a single season with 52, snapping a record previously held by Andrew Huling from the 1999 campaign. He's hitting an impressive .401 this season. The junior also has 11 home runs this season.
- Junior closer Kieran Shaw currently has 13 saves on the season, which currently puts him third in the nation. He's also set a new Ivy League single-season record for saves in a season. The mark also is a new Harvard Baseball single-season record.
- Junior Hunter Bigge has impressed on the mound and at the plate. On the mound, the junior is 5-1 with a team-leading 54 strikeouts. At the plate, he has a .294 average with five home runs and 26 RBIs. He currently sits third on the team in RBIs behind Suddleson and McColl.
- First-year Harrison Stovern earned Ivy League Rookie-of-the-Week accolades this past week, picking up the save in game two of the series against Columbia. Stovern, the next day, pitched 2.2 innings without allowing a run.
The Ivy League Playoff Series is a three-game set that begins on May 18. The team with the best record in the Ivy League at the end of the regular season will play host to the second-place team, with a chance to advance to the NCAA Tournament.