BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team (10-13) earned a spot in its third Beanpot championship game in five years with a 7-4 win over the Boston College Eagles (9-17) this evening at Brighton Baseball Complex. In the 11th inning, Patrick Robinson bombed a three run home run to win the game for the Crimson, his second homer of the season and team-leading seventh extra base hit in 2018. Kieran Shaw earned his first win of the season and Grant Stone made his first career save, holding down the mound in the 11th.
Tonight's contest marked Harvard's fifth extra-inning contest of the season. Harvard has played three games to 10 innings, tonight's to 11 and one early in the season to 15.
In this evening's matchup, Patrick McColl led the Crimson at the plate, going four-for-five with an .800 slugging percentage. In addition to Robinson's home run, Jake Forte, Buddy Mrowka and Matt Rothenberg accounted for Harvard's three other RBI while its seventh score came on a wild pitch from the Eagles.
Six different pitchers made an appearance for the Crimson tonight, led off by Hunter Bigge who held down the hill for four innings, throwing two strikeouts while allowing only two hits and two walks. Kevin Stone and Jack Mahala threw an inning and change each, while John MacLean tossed one batter in 0.2 innings pitched. Kieran Shaw took the mound for 2.1 innings, earning his first win of the season and Grant Stone held down the fort for the final inning, striking out two batters and posting his first career save.
Harvard 7, Boston College 4 (11 Innings)
Harvard ended the fourth in fine fashion with its 20th double play of the season. In his second at bat of the game, Boston College's Jake Alu ripped a line drive up the center. With incredible reflexes, Hunter Bigge managed to catch the ball and then quickly turn around, getting it to Buddy Mrowka at second to tag out Jake Palomaki, holding the Eagles off the scoreboard in the fourth.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles finally marked the scoreboard, with Dante Baldelli being forced home on a Jake Goodreau walk.
Boston College took another crack at the score in the bottom of the seventh, tying the score at three.
Late in the ninth with one out, Boston College put runners on the corners and was able to send one home on a sacrifice fly, tying the score and forcing extra innings.
Patrick Robinson came in clutch for the Crimson in the top of the 11th, blasting a 3 RBI home run to left field, putting Harvard up 7-4.
Grant Stone stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 11th, striking out two batters for the second and third out to end the game in favor of the Crimson.
This weekend, Harvard will continue Ivy League action with a three-game series against Penn. The Crimson will play a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and a single game on Sunday set for a 1 p.m. start.