Baseball Opens Ivy Schedule This Weekend at Princeton, Cornell

The Particulars
Harvard opens the 2010 Ivy League schedule this weekend when the Crimson travels to Princeton and Cornell on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Stats
Live stats are available for all four games while Sunday’s doubleheader will have live video on Cornell’s website.  

Scouting Harvard

Harvard enters play at 6-12 and have gone as its pitching has gone. The Crimson opened the season with wins over Notre Dame and Stetson and later added a win over Creighton behind solid pitching performances.

Conner Hulse enters the weekend as the team’s top starter with a 2.84 ERA and a 1-1 record with 23 strikeouts in 25.1 innings against just six walks. Marcus Way is close behind with a 3.85 ERA and a 1-1 record while also ranking among Harvard’s best hitters with a .348 batting average and a .500 on-base-percentage.

Jeff Reynolds has been solid in his first season as a regular starter with a .321 batting average while Dan Zailskas leads the club with 10 runs batted in.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton enters the season at 5-13 following a 1-3 weekend at Santa Clara last weekend. Gonzales-Luna leads the team with a .375 batting average while Sam Mulroy (.324) has a team-high 22 hits. Brian Berkowitz (.297) is the top power hitter with seven doubles and two home runs though he has also already struck out 22 times.

David Palms (1-2) has been the top starter with a 3.55 ERA, having worked around 26 this in 25.1 innings with 14 strikeouts. Dan Barnes (1-1) is the only other regular starter with an ERA under single digits at 4.76 (20 runs, 14 earned) with 13 walks allowed. Zak Hermans (0-2, 10.31 ERA) and Langford Stuber (1-1, 10.98) round out the Tigers’ rotation.   

Scouting Cornell
Cornell is coming off a 7-6 loss on Wednesday at LeMoyne in Syracuse, N.Y., the fourth straight defeat for the Big Red, which is 4-7 on the season. Cornell's last win came on March 27 at Army, a 10-4 victory.

Brian Billigen and Mickey Brodsky lead the Cornell offense on the season, with both players hitting .351 on the season.

On the mound for Cornell, Corey Pappel and Taylor Wood have both started three games on the year, with Pappel posting a 3.38 earned-run average in 16 innings of work. Pappel has a team-high 23 strikeouts, the only Big Red pitcher in double figures in that category. Wood, meanwhile, ha a 5.94 earned-run average in a team-best 16.2 innings. Jadd Schmeltzer has two starts and a 9.31 earned-run average, while Mickey Brodsky (2.25) and Tony Bertucci (3.48) have both started once. David Rochefort has earned a pair of saves this season to raise his school record total to 10 for his career.