Bigge’s Complete Game Leads Baseball to 3-1 Victory in Game One of the Ivy League Playoff Series

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (26-13, 15-7 Ivy) wins game one of the Ivy League Playoff Series, defeating Columbia (19-22, 13-9), 3-1, Saturday at O'Donnell Field. The Crimson looks to clinch the three-game series in game two tomorrow at noon. A third game will be played if necessary, 40 minutes following the conclusion of the second game. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Both starting pitchers were dominant in the first six innings of the contest. Junior Hunter Bigge faced the minimum through six innings and did not allow a hit through the first five innings. The junior also scored the first run of the game, leading off the bottom of the seventh inning with an opposite-field home run to right field, giving Harvard a 1-0 advantage.

The following inning, the Crimson added insurance runs, beginning with a lead-off walk to senior Ben Skinner. Junior Quinn Hoffman followed by getting on base with a bunt down the first base line, in between the pitcher and the first baseman. Senior Patrick McColl singled home Skinner with a rip through the left side of the infield. Junior Jake Suddleson followed with a fielder's choice, scoring Hoffman from third to give the team a 3-0 advantage.

Despite a balk, which scored a Columbia runner in the ninth inning, Bigge shut the door with a strikeout, earning the complete game victory. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Bigge earned his seventh win of the season, throwing his first-career complete game, allowing just four hits, while striking out seven. The ace also started an impressive double play in the fifth inning, snagging a liner and getting the baserunner at first. 
  • Hoffman led the Crimson batters with two hits, including an important bunt single and a deep double to left center. 
  • Senior Jake Allen caught Columbia's Jack Chernow stealing to end the threat in the sixth inning.
  • With a seventh inning RBI single, McColl now trails the program-record for single-season hits by just two. The current mark was set by David Frost in 1998. 

Up Next:
Harvard will look to clinch the Ivy League Playoff Series and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals with a win on Sunday at O'Donnell Field. Game two of the series will begin at noon and broadcast on ESPN+. A third game would begin 40 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, if necessary.