RADFORD, Va.– The Harvard baseball team (3-2) downed Radford (3-8), 7-5, in the first game of the teams four-game series, Friday at Carter Memorial Stadium.
After a two-hour delay because of snow, the game began with a quick Harvard strike, thanks to junior Jake Suddleson's RBI single, scoring senior Patrick McColl. Radford would answer with three runs in the second to take an early lead.
The following inning, Suddleson added another RBI on a double, advancing to third on one of Radford's four errors of the game. Junior Hunter Bigge drove in Suddleson from third on an error from the shortstop. Radford regained the lead with runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game at five.
Harvard broke the tie with two outs in the top of the sixth when senior Ben Skinner, making his season debut, tripled to right field, scoring senior Jake Allen and first-year Logan Bravo. The Crimson's two-out rally continued when junior Quinn Hoffman reached on an error, advancing Skinner from third. Suddleson followed by reaching on an error, scoring Hoffman from third.
Radford would add one more run in the seventh inning, but Harvard's lead would prove out of reach for the Highlanders.
- Bigge earned his first win of the season, throwing five innings and striking out nine Radford batters.
- Last week's Ivy League Player of the Week, Patrick McColl, led the team with three hits, including a double in the first inning.
- Suddleson reached base in all four of his at-bats, adding two RBIs as the team's clean-up hitter.
- Junior Kieran Shaw registered his second save of the season, facing only three batters in the ninth inning.
- Harvard pitching totaled 15 strikeouts on the game, the team's most in a game this season.
- With the win, The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball Bill Decker registered his 100thwin as the head coach at Harvard.
The Crimson will ready for a doubleheader against Radford, Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Both games of the doubleheader will be seven innings. Senior Ian Miller (6 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber in the first game.