Harvard takes to the road this weekend for a four-game series at Yale in some pivotal Rolfe Division games for the Crimson. Harvard enters the weekend at 6-6 in the Ivy League, just 2.0 games behind Brown and Dartmouth. Yale meanwhile, enters the weekend at 3-9 and is on the outside looking in for the playoff picture.
Update: Saturday's doubleheader will take place at 1 p.m.. Sunday's games have been moved to Monday at 2:30 p.m. because of severe forecasted storms.
The Crimson split its Sunday-Monday series with Brown last weekend. Harvard recovered from a poor-fielding day on Sunday with impressive play on Monday as the Crimson swept the Bears.
Andrew Ferreira was the Ivy Rookie of the Week last time out following an impressive week as the freshman lefty posted a .125 opposing batting average against. He no-hit Boston College for his first five innings on Wednesday in the first round of the Beanpot and then no-hit Brown for his first four innings on Monday. Against Boston College, Ferreira struck out seven batters in the first five innings before some tough luck went against him in the sixth inning. Against Brown on Monday, he retired the first 12 batters he faced while picking up his first career win with two strikeouts in 5.0 innings of one-hit relief.
Ferreira was joined on the Honor Roll by Jeff Reynolds, who hit safely in five of his six games last week and was 9-for-10 in his first three games. All told he hit .600 (6-10) with runners in scoring position and .545 (6-11) with runners on base as he recorded nine RBI and four extra base hits in the week. His best game came against Northeastern as he was 5-for-5 with seven RBI and two stolen bases.
Sam Franklin and Tyler Albright
have also caught fire of late. Albright has hit safely in eight
straight games and is 8-for-10 with 6 RBI in his last two games.
Franklin is 7-for-12 with 7 RBI and 5 runs scored in his last three
Yale is coming off a weekend sweep at the hands of Dartmouth last weekend and the Elis also dropped a 19-18 slugfest to Quinnipiac on Wednesday night.
Senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth leads Yale with a .375 average. The 2009 All-Ivy first teamer is also the Elis' pacesetter in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, doubles, home runs, total bases, walks and RBI.
Yale has a success rate of nearly 69 percent on the basepaths, swiping 42 bags on 61 attempts. The Bulldogs have committed 45 errors in 36 contests en route to a .964 fielding percentage.
Pete Ludwig (3-4, 3.45 ERA) is the team's top starter and has 45 strikeouts in 44.1 innings although he has also yielded a team-high five home runs. Other starters this weekend are likely to be Brook Hart, a quarterback on the football team with a 2-3 record and a 4.91 ERA, Christopher O'Hare (1-0, 5.09) and Vin Lally (5-2, 5.53). Out of the bullpen, the team relies heavily on Rob Gruber (3-1, 4.50) who has already been used 17 times.
The all-time series dates back to a July 25, 1869 tilt in Worcester, Mass., which the Crimson won by a 25-17 tally. The first game in New Haven between the perennial rivals was a 24-22 Harvard win on July 4, 1870.