CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Ivy League Champion Harvard Baseball team (27-14) earned the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Regional tournament and is set to take on top-seeded Oklahoma State (36-18) on Friday, May 31 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. EST. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3.
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Game Notes - vs. Oklahoma State
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What to Know:
- Due to strong rains in the Stillwater area, the regional has been moved to Oklahoma City at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A team for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- The Crimson earned a berth to its first regional tournament since 2005 by sweeping Columbia in the best-of-three Ivy League Playoff Series on May 18-19. In game one, junior Hunter Bigge pitched a complete game, allowing just one run, while also hitting a home run at the plate. In the second game, the Crimson got down early but battled back thanks to McColl's three-run home run, then he captured the lead in extra innings with a clutch RBI double.
- Oklahoma State enters after winning the Big 12 baseball title, beating West Virginia, 5-2, on May 26 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
- Junior Jake Suddleson secured Ivy League Player-of-the-Year recognition, finishing with a conference-best .416 batting average against Ivy League opponents. The junior also broke a program-record for RBIs in a single-season with 53 so far this season.
- Adding to the Ivy League awards, Head Coach Bill Decker won Coach-of-the-Year in his seventh season with the program. Decker earned his 100th victory with the program against Radford earlier in the season. The skipper also earned the NEIBA Division 1 All-New England Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
- Senior Patrick McColl was named NEIBA Division I All-New England Player of the Year on Tuesday, finishing with a team-best .399 average and setting a program-record for single-season hits with 69, passing David Forst, who had 67 hits in the 1998 season.
- Junior Kieran Shaw also had a record-breaking season as the team's closer, finishing the regular season with 13 saves, a new program and Ivy League record.
The winner of Friday's matchup will take on the winner of the UConn and Nebraska matchup, while the loser will go into the elimination bracket and play the loser of the game.