Baseball Opens Home Schedule Wednesday vs. Holy Cross
Pictured: Jeff Reynolds
Harvard baseball opens its 2011 home schedule Wednesday afternoon as the Crimson welcomes the College of the Holy Cross to O'Donnell Field for a single non-league contest.
Harvard enters the week fresh off a 2-2 weekend at New York Institute of Technology. The two teams split doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday.
Pitching ruled the weekend as the Crimson limited NYIT to five or fewer runs in three of the four games, while winning the other, 10-6. As has been the case throughout the early going, the Harvard pitching staff limited opposing hitters, with just 27 hits against 33 strikeouts in 30 innings, but struggled with control, allowing 16 base on balls.
Brent Suter turned in the best performance of the week with a complete game shutout, scattering two hits while striking out nine in a 3-0 win on Sunday.
Joey Novak made two appearances out of the bullpen, throwing three scoreless innings with three strikeouts while inducing a pair of double play balls.
Marcus Way led the offense with a .364 average and a .688 on-base-percentage thanks to drawing six walks. He connected for a home run in the 10-6 win and drove in three runs for the weekend. Sam Franklin also had a good showing with a .400 average and a .500 on-base-percentage.
Both Suter and Way were named to the Ivy league's weekly Honor Roll.
For the season, Jeff Reynolds leads the team with a .333 batting average, which is matched by Andrew Hatch and Sean O'Hara, who made his first starts at shortstop this past weekend after missing much of the month with a knee injury.
On the base paths, Sam Franklin (.302 average) and Dillon O'Neill have combined for 15 stolen bases, while Way and Jeff Hajdin are a perfect combined 10-for-10 on thefts.
About Holy Cross
The Crusaders had a nonleague game at Massachusetts on Tuesday, following a four-game split at Columbia last weekend.
Senior outfielder Nick Ciardiello hit .450 with three doubles and six runs batted in last week in six games.
Jack Laurendeau leads the team at .355 while Ciardiello follows at .350 with a team-best 12 extra-base hits and 22 RBI. Laurendeau and Alex Maldonado have combined to steal 19 bases in 22 attempts, though opposing teams are 44-for-50 in thefts against Holy Cross.