DeLAND, Fla. – Harvard baseball got in the win column on Sunday afternoon, with a 5-4 triumph over Stetson in the final game of the Stetson Invitational. The Crimson (1-5, 0-0 Ivy) used a late inning rally and strong defense around the diamond to help it earn the victory. Junior Matt Thomas scored what would be the winning run after Jake Suddleson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning.
Junior Enzo Stefanoni gave the Crimson a strong start on the mound, surrendering only two earned runs over four and two-thirds innings. The Hatters got to the right-hander early, scoring two runs in the first. Stefanoni responded with two scoreless frames, holding the Hatter offense at bay.
Will Jacobsen got the Crimson on the board in the top of the fourth inning with a two-RBI single. The first-year roped one through the left side of the infield to score Suddleson and Zach Brown.
First-year Tim Williamson put together a solid outing in relief of Stefanoni, giving Harvard three and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen. The lefty held Stetson to just two runs to keep the Crimson within striking distance.
Pryor Thomas started the Crimson rally in the top of the eighth, leading off the inning with a single up the middle. After a pair of walks, Brown strolled to the plate with the bases loaded. Brown fouled out, but got enough bat on the ball to allow Pryor Thomas to score from third. Captain Chad Minato tied the ball-game with a single through the left side which scored Ben Rounds.
Matt Thomas led off the top of the ninth inning with a single to get the Crimson started. Pryor Thomas and Tommy Seidl followed up with singles of their own to load the bases. Jake Suddleson brought in the game winning run after he was hit by a pitch for the second time in the contest.
First-year Will Jacobsen moved over from third-base to close out the game for Harvard on the mound, earning the first save of his career.
- Tim Williamson earned the first win of his career after allowing only two hits while striking out two over 3.2 innings. Williamson improved his ERA to 1.35 with the outing.
- Pryor Thomas led the offensive charge, going 2-for-4 with a run scored on the day.
- Will Jacobsen got it done at all levels of the field against Stetson, recording a hit at the plate and a save on the mound. Jacobsen also had a perfect game in the field while at third base.
- Jake Suddleson showed off his power once again, hitting a double down the left field line in the fourth inning.
- Suddleson is now on a three-game hitting streak
- Zach Brown has reached base in five consecutive contests.
- Chad Minato's single resulted in his first RBI of the season and improved his hitting streak to three games.
Harvard will return to Cambridge briefly before heading down to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the Spider Invitational. Harvard is set to play games against Richmond, Connecticut and Monmouth over the course of the week.