Baseball Tripped Up on Opening Day by Alabama

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Jake Suddleson went 3-for-4 with a homerun on opening day (Photo/Vasha Hunt)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -  Harvard baseball opened its 2020 campaign with a 15-3 loss at the University of Alabama. The Crimson (0-1, 0-0 Ivy) put up a fight, but was unable to slow down the bats of the Crimson Tide (10-0, 0-0 SEC).

Kieran Shaw started off strong for Harvard, holding Alabama scoreless through two innings. The Tide got to Shaw in the bottom half of the third, scoring seven runs in the frame. First-year Tim Williamson came on in relief of Shaw in the fourth, throwing three innings and allowing only one run off four hits in his collegiate debut.

The Crimson got it going offensively in the seventh inning, as Suddleson led off the frame with a double before moving to third on a Zach Brown fly-out. Matt Thomas's single got Suddleson across the plate and put the Crimson on the scoreboard. Logan Bravo followed suit with a double of his own, but the Harvard rally was cut short before it could produce any more runs.

With two outs in the eighth inning, first-year Pryor Thomas sparked another Crimson rally with a double to the right-center gap. Suddleson answered with his first home-run of the season to give the Crimson its second and third runs of the day.

Alabama added another run in the ninth to walk away with a 15-3 victory.

Harvard Highlights

  • Jake Suddleson picked up where he left off in 2019 as the senior went 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a home run, double and two RBI.
  • First-year Tim Williamson made his collegiate debut on the hill for Harvard, pitching a full three innings and striking out a pair of batters.  
  • Five of Harvard's seven hits resulted in extra-bases.
  • First-year Pryor Thomas hit a double in his first-career at-bat.

Next Up
Harvard is back at it tomorrow afternoon for game two of its three-game set with Alabama. Sophomore right-hander Owen Holt is scheduled to make his collegiate debut on the mound for the Crimson.