Baseball Falls In Rain-Shortened Beanpot Championship to Boston College, 3-2

Photo by Gil Talbot
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BOSTON – In the 28th annual playing of the Beanpot championship between Harvard baseball and Boston College, Harvard baseball fell to Boston College in a rain-shortened Beanpot Championship, 3-2. Play was halted in the middle of the fifth inning on the soggy evening at Fenway Park.

Harvard (13-19, 2-10 Ivy) took the early lead on Quinn Hoffman's first-career home run, as the freshman cleared the Green Monster to give the Crimson a 1-0 advantage. Hoffman extended his streak to 14-straight games with the blast and finished with a team-high two hits in the shortened contest.

Boston College (12-22) answered in the bottom half of the first, scoring twice on four hits to claim the 2-1 advantage. A double from Michael Strem drove in the Eagles' first run, and a base knock from Mitch Bigras scored Strem.

Junior starting pitcher Garrett Rupp regrouped in the second and retired all three batters he faced to keep Harvard within one. Rupp went two innings on the hill, allowing five hits while striking out one and walking none.

Boston College added another run in the bottom of the fourth, as Jake Alu walked to begin the inning before stealing second and third. Alu then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 in favor the Eagles.

Harvard rallied in the top half of the fifth inning, narrowing the Boston College lead to one after sophomore John MacLean singled through the ride side to score sophomore Patrick McColl. McColl led off the inning with a double to deep left to get the Crimson rally started.

The game was then suspended at the conclusion of the half inning due to inclement weather.

Freshman JT Bernard came on in relief for Harvard, going 1 2/3 innings and allowing one run on two hits. Bernard struck out three and walked one. Senior Matt Hink replaced Bernard in the bottom of the fourth, earning the out after senior catcher Josh Ellis threw out an Eagles' baserunner to end the frame. 

The Crimson will travel to Brown for four games this weekend April 22-23. The first doubleheader will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.