OKLAHOMA CITY – The Harvard baseball team (27-15) dropped a tightly contested game against No. 9 Oklahoma State (37-18), 2-0, in the team's first game in the NCAA Regional. Harvard will play Saturday at 2 p.m. EST against Connecticut in the elimination bracket. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Harvard's starting pitcher Hunter Bigge impressed with nine strikeouts through six innings of work. The team's ace retired nine-straight Oklahoma State batters from the end of the first to the middle of the fourth inning. Bigge also finished his outing by striking out the side in the sixth inning.
Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni picked up where Bigge left off, striking out two batters through two innings of work, without allowing a hit to keep Harvard close. The Crimson did threaten late, getting a leadoff double in the ninth inning by senior Ben Skinner, but couldn't bring him home to draw the lead closer.
- Bigge backed up his strong Ivy League Playoff Series performance with nine strikeouts through six strong innings, keeping the Cowboys bats at bay.
- First-year Hunter Baldwin and senior Ben Skinner both led the team with two hits, including Skinner's ninth inning double to begin the inning.
- Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni dominated in relief, striking out two without allowing a hit.
Harvard moves to the elimination bracket of the Oklahoma City regional and will take on Connecticut, Saturday, at 2 p.m. EST at Chickasaw Bricktown Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.