Pictured: Jeff Hajdin sliding into second base against Charlotte
The Harvard Crimson baseball team will host Bryant University in a non-conference doubleheader at O'Donnell Field on Tuesday in games announced just last Friday.
The contests will serve as a tune-up for the Crimson as it readies for the first round of the Beanpot tomorrow against Massachusetts in a 6:30 p.m. game that will be played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Harvard is coming off a Sunday sweep of Brown in which the team came from behind in the opening game to tie it before scoring four times in the final inning to claim a 6-3 win. Harvard then scored four times in the first inning of the nightcap en route to a 12-7 victory. All told, Harvard banged out 25 hits in the two games.
Freshman Jack Colton batted .643 (9-14) with a .667 on-base-percentage in four games, including a 7-11 mark in three games at Brown. Colton factored in both victories with a 2-for-3 effort in a 6-3 win and a 3-for-4 effort with a walk in a 12-7 win.
Junior pitcher Brent Suter made two appearances including a complete game win over Brown on Sunday in which he struck out seven. He also had five strikeouts in 3.1 innings of relief against Northeastern in a mid-week outing as he compiled a 2.61 ERA with 12 K's in 10.1 innings of work.
For the season, Colton leads the team with a .429 average after missing time earlier in the season with a back injury. Jeff Reynolds follows at .322 while Way leads the team with six home runs and 20 RBI. Freshman Jake McGuiggan has 10 doubles to pace the team in that category.
The Bulldogs are coming off a four-game sweep of Mt. St. Mary's in which they allowed just six runs. Bryant defeated Harvard earlier in the year, 12-1 in Smithfield, R.I., where it is 9-3 so far on the season.
David Soltis leads the team in batting with a .333 mark and a .437 on-base-percentage. Kevin Brown (.252) has three homers and leads the team with seven stolen bases while Mike Delponte (.266) also has three homers.
Looking Ahead to Massachusetts
The Minutemen bring an 11-16 mark into this week's games after taking two of three from Temple this past weekend while scoring 48 runs. The team plays Connecticut on Monday and Central Connecticut on Tuesday leading up to the Beanpot.
Matt Gedman is batting a lofty .450 with 25 RBI and Peter Copa follows at .372 with team-highs of eight homers, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Nobody besides its three weekend starters have more than two games started on the mound so there will likely be a number of arms used in the team's three midweek games.