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.
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.