Baseball announces seven-member class of 2026


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University Baseball will welcome seven freshman student-athletes as part of its class of 2026 for the 2023 season, Bill DeckerHarvard Baseball head coach Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67 announced Wednesday.

The class includes two student-athletes each from the states of Pennsylvania and California alongside one player each from Connecticut, New York and Ohio. The group balances Crimson through the diamond with a mix of infielders, outfielders and pitchers. All seven student-athletes have served as captains of their high school baseball teams.

Harvard’s Class of 2026 includes a right-handed infielder/pitcher Gio Colasante (Staten Island, NY), left-handed pitcher Brian Dowling (Avon, Connecticut), right-handed outfielder/pitcher Callan’s Fang (Yardley, PA), infielder Jordan Kang (Los Angeles, CA), infielder Justin King (Oakwood, Ohio), infielder Max lane (Newport Beach, Calif.), and right-handed pitcher/fielder Jack Smith (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

Gio Colasante
Position: Infielder/right-handed pitcher
Height: 6 feet 4 inches | Lester: 210 pounds. | B/T: R/R
Hometown: Staten Island, New York
High school: Poly Prep Country Day School
Before Harvard: Competed in East Coast Pro and PG National Showcase…Earned 2022 Team MVP honors…Helped team win 2022 NYSAIS State Championship…Hit .413 with five home runs as a senior …Posted a 0.00 ERA over 15.0 innings as a junior…Won the School Scull Plaque – presented to a senior for excellence in scholarship and athletics…Served the team as as captain as junior and senior… Won four varsity letters… Competed at trip level for MVP BEAST… Also played basketball… Son of Gifty and Lorenzo Colasante.

Brian Dowling
Position: left-handed pitcher
Height: 6 feet 6 inches | Lester: 215 pounds. | B/T: LL
Hometown: Avon, Conn.
High school: Old Avon Farms
Before Harvard: Earned All-Founders League honors in 2022…Won the League championship in the inaugural 2022 playoff season…Helped the team win every series they played in 2021…A Won Tim Straus Award for Athletic Enhancement in 2022…Served the team as captain as a senior…Won four baseball varsity letters…Competed at the travel level for 2019 U CT Baseball at 21 … Also competed in basketball, football and cross country … Won the basketball team coaches award in 2021 and 2022 … School roster leader and a Cum Student of the Laude Society… Won the Order of Old Farms – the school’s highest honor of service… Chief Instructor, Admissions Ambassador, Big Brother Mentor and Peer Tutor… Won Harvard Book Award in 2021… Son of Amy and Rob Dowling; Rob, played football and baseball at Trinity from 1991 to 1995… Uncle, Patrick Dowling, played baseball at Dartmouth from 2001 to 2004.

Callan’s Fang
Position: Right-handed outfielder / pitcher
Height: 6 feet 3 inches | Lester: 185 pounds. | B/T: L/R
Hometown: Yardley, Pa.
High school: Pennsbury
Before Harvard: Won All-Suburban One League first team as a designated hitter as a junior and senior…Won All-Suburban One League second team as a pitcher as a senior…Helped the team win the title of Suburban One League in 2019 and 2022…Served the team as a captain as a senior…Graduated four varsity letters…Competed at travel level for Philly Bandits and Baseball U PA Philly…Also played football …Selected Kiwanis-Herald Scholar Athlete…Served community through Interfaith Food Alliance, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and as Woodside Church Vacation Bible School Counselor…Participated in Future Business Leaders of America, Chess Team and Young Engineers… Son of Sharon and Jeff Fang; Jeff played baseball at Johns Hopkins and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame… Uncle Sam Horng attended Harvard Medical School, graduating in 2011.

Jordan Kang
Position: Infielder
Height: 5 feet 10 | Lester: 185 pounds. | B/T: R/R
Hometown: Los Angeles, California.
High school: Harvard-Westlake School
Before Harvard: Won All-Mission League First Team in 2021…Won Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team in 2021…Helped team win CIF Southern Section DI State Title in 2021…Ranked as high that the No. 9 and No. 65 third baseman prospect in California via Perfect Game; ranked in the top 500 nationally… Hit .383 with 36 hits and a team-high 27 RBI in 32 games in 2021… Served the team as captain as a senior… Earned four varsity letters …Played for USA Baseball on the 14U Select team in 2018…Competed in travel for Pacific Baseball Academy (2018-19), SoCal Giants (2019) and SoCal Renegades (2021-22)…Won an American baseball national title with the Pacific Baseball Academy in 2018… Set the Harvard-Westlake School back squat record at 420 lbs. sophomore… Dean’s list student… Older brother, Brendan, is a member of the University of Chicago football class of 2024.

Justin King
Position: Infielder
Height: 6 feet 1 | Lester: 205 pounds. | B/T: R/R
Hometown: Oakwood, Ohio
High school: Oak wood
Before Harvard: Earned All-Southwestern Buckeye League honors in 2021… Won Most Improved Player in 2021… Hit .387 as a senior, ranking third in SWBL in homers and seventh in on-base percentage ( .519) … Served team as captain in 2021… Competed at club level for Bo Jackson Elite and ECNE Expos… Earned three varsity letters… Son of Melissa and Jayson King; Melissa played field hockey at Framingham State and Jayson played baseball at Framingham State… Her sister, Katie, played field hockey at Southern New Hampshire University.

Max lane
Position: Infielder
Height: 6 feet 2 inches | Lester: 190 pounds. | B/T: R/R
Hometown: Newport Beach, California.
High school: Crown of the Mar
Before Harvard: Earned Sunset League Offensive Player of the Year honors…Won First Team All-Sunset League…Helped the team win the Sunset League in 2021 and 2022…Served the team as captain as a senior… Competed at travel level for OC Premier… Also played football; captained team as a senior…Won second team All-Sunset League in football…Helped football team win 2019 CIF and state titles in Division III…Graduated as a major of Class Promotion…A Newport Beach Athletic and Academic Chamber of Commerce Scholar…Won the Pinnacle Scholarship Award for Excellence in Academics and Athletics…Served as President of the Entrepreneurs Club…Son of Felicia and Danny Lane; Danny played minor league baseball in the Montreal Expos farm system.

Jack Smith
Position: Right-handed pitcher/infielder
Height: 6 feet 3 inches | Lester: 220 pounds. | B/T: R/R
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
High school: mount lebanon
Before Harvard: Selected 2021-22 Pittsburgh Almanac High School Athlete of the Year…Earned first-team Western PA 6A All-Conference honors at third base…Earned spots on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Area Team in 2022 and in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific Ten… Helped team win Pennsylvania District 7 Championship (WPIAL); had 14 strikeouts in the title game; Had 79 strikeouts in 42 innings during the year… Served the team as captain as a senior… Earned four varsity letters… Participated in travel level for the Steel City Wildcats (2018- 22) and for US Elite U17 National Team (2020)…Also played football and basketball…Helped football team to an undefeated 6A season with state and district titles…Won honors first-team Western PA 6A All-Conference as linebacker…Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society student…Link Crew Leader…Plays piano…Son of Georgia and Patrick Smith…Great-grandfather “Greenfield” Jimmy Smith played in MLB from 1914 to 1922, winning the World Series with the New York Giants in 1917 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1919… Grandfather James Smith, Jr. played baseball at Penn from 1946 to 1949 and for the Chicago White Sox… Great-uncle Billy Conn was the world champion he light heavyweight boxing champion from 1938 to 1941… His cousin Leah Smith won a gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2016 Olympics.


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