The fairytale comeback was indicative of a truly storybook season for Harvard Baseball.
For McColl and the other seniors, the berth into the Tournament is especially meaningful. The veterans of the Crimson squad will leave their mark on the program as they don a Harvard uniform for the last couple of times.
However, the focus of the weekend was on Sunday and the Crimson seniors. It was fitting that the Crimson took home the ballgame and the series in such an electric fashion, as Sunday was the team’s senior day on O’Donnell Field.
In a heartbreakingly cruel twist of fate, the UMass Minutemen stormed back in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the ballgame 10-9.
And, fittingly, McColl replied to the storybook situation with a fairy-tale ending, crushing a no-doubt grand slam to right-center to send the Crimson to a walk-off 10-8 victory.
It was the top of the eighth inning in a tied game, the third of a tied series, when junior outfielder Jake Suddleson stepped into the batter’s box. With the bases juiced, Suddleson was poised to drive in a run or two and finally break the stalemate. He drove in four.
All in all, the Harvard baseball team feels ready and excited for the dawn of a new season — a new chance to demonstrate all their growth and hard work from the offseason as they officially take the diamond for the first time in months. This, after all, is what they live for.
The No. 1 Men's and Women's Squash teams both took victories versus Trinity at the Murr Center on Wednesday.
Over the course of Harvard baseball trip's to the Dominican Republic, the team participated in various community outreach projects, from painting a house in an impoverished village to visiting a local orphanage.
Both the No. 2 men’s squash team (4-0, 1-0 Ivy) and the No. 1 women’s squash team (1-0, 1-0) handily defeated Dartmouth to begin their Ancient Eight seasons.
“The opportunity we have ahead of us is a big one,” sophomore forward Becca Gilmore said. “We’re going into the end of the first half of the season, and after the weekend we just had, there’s a new type of energy.”
After dominant performances in their junior and senior seasons, respectively, both Simon Rosenblum-Larson and Noah Zavolas left the Harvard baseball team to pursue professional ball in the minor leagues this past summer.
Both men's and women's teams had strong performances this past weekend at the Big Green Invite and Harvard Fall Scramble, respectively.
With the Captain Hurst Bowl on the line, each boat of the three divisions was poised to take water one last time. Unfortunately, Harvard did not sail its best in those pivotal races.
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