CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League Champion Harvard baseball team (27-13) defeated Columbia (19-23), 8-6, in 11 innings to win the Ivy League Playoff Series. With the win, the team clinches an automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals, the program's first appearance since 2005.
Columbia jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring three runs. The Lions added another run in the fourth inning and would hold a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning.
Senior Ben Skinner began things in the inning with a double down the left field line, scoring classmate Trent Bryan from second. Junior Quinn Hoffman singled to left field, setting up senior Patrick McColl, who then hit a home run over the batter's eye in center field, tying the game at four.
The following inning, Skinner singled to left field, scoring Bryan yet again to give the Crimson its first lead of the contest. Harvard would add another one in the eighth inning, after Suddleson scored on a wild pitch, giving the team a two-run advantage.
Just like Harvard, Columbia fought back with a two-run eighth inning, tying the game and sending it into extra innings. The Crimson would then break the tie in the 11th inning, as McColl doubled, scoring Skinner and sophomore Tommy Seidl. Junior Kieran Shaw, in his third inning of relief, shut the door for Harvard to secure the victory in the bottom half of the inning.
- The Crimson advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, snapping the longest draught in program history.
- McColl knocked in five of Harvard's eight runs, including a game-tying home run in the sixth inning and the go-ahead double in the 11th inning.
- Shaw finished the game pitching three innings without allowing a hit and stirking out three.
- The team's top four batters combined for nine hits, including three hits from Skinner and two hits from Hoffman, McColl and Suddleson.
- Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni came on to pitch 3.2 innings of long relief, allowing just one run and striking out two.
The Crimson will await its destination from the NCAA Selection Committee, with the selection show airing on Monday May 27, at noon. The team will then play the following weekend.