Harvard Baseball Hosts Northeastern on Tuesday
The Harvard Crimson baseball team returns to O'Donnell Field on Tuesday for a midweek non-conference game against the neighboring Northeastern Huskies.
The teams play an annual game as well as the occasional contest during the Beanpot. Harvard has maintained considerable success against Northeastern, having defeated the Huskies at least once in nine straight seasons.
Harvard endured a weekend of different tales on Saturday and Sunday. The Crimson received two very well-pitched games on Saturday behind seniors Eric Eadington and Max Perlman in a pair of low-scoring losses to Princeton.
On Sunday, Harvard and Cornell combined for 42 runs in a doubleheader with each team putting up double figures in respective wins. Harvard's was most dramatic as the Crimson scored six times in its final at bat with Marcus Way ending the game with a grand slam with his team trailing by one with one out to win it, 11-8.
Although it did not win the nightcap, the lower third of Harvard's batting order provided some help as Danny Moskovits got on base in six of seven plate appearances.
Junior Jeff Reynolds batted .471 during the weekend including a combined 6-for-10 mark with 4 extra base hits and 6 RBI against Cornell. Reynolds delivered a three-run triple in the opening game and a three-run homer in the nightcap while collecting two doubles and a bunt single as well.
For the season, Reynolds leads the team with a .333 batting average while Way leads the team with six doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI.
Harvard will likely utilize several arms on the mound against NU with Baron Davis, Joey Novak, Zach Hofeld and Way seeing time on the hill.
The Huskies have been on a bit of a roller coaster this season, dropping their first nine games before rebounding this past weekend to enter play at 8-20. The team shutout Hofstra in all three games at Friedman Diamond, winning by scores of 3-0, 1-0 and 5-0.
Matt Miller leads the team with a .356 mark. Aaron Barbose (.310) brings a 10-game hitting streak to the table and Jeff Dunlap (.281) leads the team with three homers and 20 RBI. Jon Leroux (.255) has a team-best 10 doubles.
JT Ross (0-3) leads all NU starters with a 3.04 ERA. He will make his fifth start of the year and has allowed 30 hits with 12 strikeouts in 23.2 innings thus far.