After defeating Boston College on Wednesday, 5-3, in its 2012 home opener, the Harvard Crimson baseball team will open home Ivy League play this weekend with doubleheaders against Columbia (Saturday) and Penn (Sunday). The games wrap up play against the Gehrig Division for Harvard with the team then looking ahead to Rolfe Division play for the next three weeks.
We'll Meet Again
Harvard ended a 15-game losing streak to nearby rival Boston College on Wednesday as four Harvard pitchers limited the Eagles to just four hits in a 5-3 victory at O'Donnell Field. The teams will meet again Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the annual Beanpot Tournament. The game is scheduled for April 10 as 2:30 p.m. at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Harvard has a bit of momentum on its side after a victory against BC on Wednesday. The win has given Harvard a split over its past six games with other victories against Cornell and Holy Cross.
Harvard endured a difficult non-conference schedule this year with the Crimson playing 10 of its first 13 games against teams ranked among the nation's Top-20. The team's record has not been reflective of the year, however as the Crimson has already lost an incredible 11 games by two runs or less and six games by a single run.
Harvard is led by Steve Dill (.343), Carlton Bailey (.324), Jack Colton (.318) and Zach Boden (.314). Colton earned a spot on the weekly Ivy League Honor Roll this week after batting .527 last week. Boden has six stolen bases on the season while leadoff hitter Mike Martin has a team-high seven steals.
Brent Suter (2.97 ERA) will take the mound in game one and Joey Novak (4.032 ERA) is expected to pitch Saturday's second game. Suter has struck out 25 batters in 30.1 innings while allowing just 26 hits.
Harvard senior Brent Suter is a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for his amazing contributions in the classroom and the community. For more on Suter, log onto www.seniorclassaward.com.
The Lions are led by Dario Pizzano's lofty .373 batting average, 11 doubles and 19 RBI. Nick Farraresi (.321, 9 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI) is another threat in the lineup while Billy Rumpke (.294) and Jordan Serena (.260) are base-stealing threats with five swipes apiece.
Pat Lowery (2.64 ERA) and David Speer (3.72 ERA) are slated to make the starts. Both pitchers allow nearly a hit per inning but rarely walk batters with each pitcher striking out better than two batters for every walk.
The Quakers are at Dartmouth on Saturday and are led by Greg Zabrack (.405, 12 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 10 SB) and Ryan Deitrich (.351, 6 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI). Eight different players have already started at least 20 games with the team not going to its bench often.