Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Radford, Extends Win Streak to Five

Photo: John Byrum
Photo: John Byrum

RADFORD, Va.– The Harvard baseball team (5-2) took two games from Radford (3-10) in the teams doubleheader, Saturday, at Carter Memorial Stadium.

Game One: Harvard 5 Radford 4 (Seven Innings)

In the morning matchup, the Crimson started slow, allowing three runs in the first two innings to Radford before senior Patrick McColl began his productive afternoon. In the third inning, McColl doubled in first-year Hunter Baldwin from first. Next time up, McColl took a two-out pitch deep for his third home run of the season. 

After a Radford home run, McColl answered back with his third and fourth RBIs of the game, hitting his second home run of the game in the seventh inning to tie the score at four. Sophomore Buddy Mrowka reached on an error, which scored senior pinch-runner Trent Bryan for the go-ahead run. 

John Maclean earned the win, pitching a scoreless inning of relief. Junior Kieran Shaw earned his third save of the year, shutting the door in the seventh inning. 

Game Two: Harvard 9 Radford 2 (Seven Innings)

Both teams began the second game by allowing a run in the second inning. After that, the Crimson went to work, scoring in the four of the next five innings. Suddleson started the scoring with home run to left center, his second of the year. The following inning, first-year Logan Bravo added another home run to make it 3-1.

After Radford drew things closer in the fifth, Harvard blew the game open in the sixth inning with a five-run outburst, beginning with sophomore Tommy Seidl's double, which scored senior Jake Allen and classmate Matt Thomas. Skinner's single added two more runs, which was followed by Suddleson's sacrifice fly to push the lead to 8-2. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Sophomore Buddy Hayward would go the distance in the second game, picking up the win and allowing just three hits through seven innings. 
  • First-year Logan Bravo and sophomore Matt Thomas each earn their first hits of their careers, each homering in the second game. 
  • Last week's Ivy League Player of the Week Patrick McColl continued his hot start for the Crimson, batting an impressive .517 (15-29), with four home runs and four doubles, tallying nine RBIs.
  • Senior Ben Skinner's return to the lineup this series has been strong, batting .385 with five RBIs in the team's lead-off spot this series.  

Up Next:
The Crimson will seek a sweep in tomorrow's final game against Radford, with first pitch beginning at 11 a.m. Senior Kevin Stone will start on the mound for Harvard.