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Yale Visits Harvard Baseball to Start Red Rolfe Division Play

Sam Dodge is projected to get the start in game one against Yale (photo Erik Williams).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team continues Ivy League play this weekend as Yale comes to O'Donnell Field for doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Ivy Standings (Conference Page)
The Crimson enters the weekend tied with Yale and one game out of first place in the Red Rolfe Division. After inter-division play through the first two weekends of Ivy League play, Ancient Eight teams now begin four-game sets with the other members of its division.

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Last Time Out
Four Crimson players had two hits, but the Harvard baseball team could only get two runners across home plate as Northeastern won a 10-2 game in the first round of the Beanpot at Friedman Diamond Wednesday afternoon. Harvard drops to the Beanpot's consolation game and will play Boston College, while Northeastern will see Massachusetts in the championship. Both games will be played April 29 as part of a doubleheader at Fenway Park beginning at 2 p.m. 
Related Link: Northeastern Knocks Off Harvard Baseball, 10-2, in Beanpot Tournament Game

Scouting Harvard

The Crimson (6-22, 3-5 Ivy League) comes into the series hitting .249 as a team with Mike Martin (.302/.436/.444) and Brandon Kregel (.301/.347/.451) leading the team in hitting. Kregel, who homered in his last at-bat, provides Harvard's most powerful bat, as he has 11 extra-base hits and 14 RBI this season. On the hill, Matt Sanders (2-0, 4.15 ERA) and Baron Davis (2-2, 8.87 ERA) have each won two games. Sanders is second on the team with a 4.15 ERA, behind Shaun Rubin's 3.55 mark. Rubin had his best outing of the spring Wednesday at Northeastern when he threw 5 1/3 innings in relief and allowed just one earned run.

Probable Starters
Sam Dodge (0-6, 5.40 ERA) vs. Rob Cerfolio (1-3, 2.45 ERA)
Sean Poppen (1-1, 4.40 ERA) vs. Michael Coleman (1-4, 4.15 ERA)
Tanner Anderson (0-4, 10.35 ERA) vs. Chris Moates (0-3, 2.49 ERA)
TBA vs. David Hickey (2-2, 4.12 ERA)

Scouting Yale (Team Page | Stats)
Yale has struggled to find hits during Ivy League play this season, entering the weekend with a .219 conference batting average, but has been stellar on the mound with a 3.05 earned-run average in the conference. Green Campbell (.391/.481/.435) owns a .391 batting average to lead the team and is also one of three players with 10 or more RBI. David Toups (.154/.210/.198) and Tom O'Neil (.145/.187/.145) also have driven home 10+ this season. The Bulldogs' pitching staff has kept Yale in games this season with its 4.64 overall ERA and 120/88 K/BB. Yale will start its four best pitchers in terms of ERA, Cerfolio, Coleman, Moates and Hickey, during the four-game series this weekend.

Series History
Harvard and Yale will meet for the 366th time during the first game on Saturday. The Crimson holds a 191-173-1 advantage in the all-time series, including wins during the first eight meetings from 1868-1873. Yale came back to lead the series, 46-40, through the 1800s, before Harvard took the 1900s, 120-106-1, and currently leads the 2000s, 31-21. In the most recent meetings, the two teams split four games in New Haven, Conn., last season.

Rookie of the Week
After hitting .556 for the week, freshman DJ Link was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. Link finished the seven-day span 10-18 at the plate with a pair of doubles, five runs and five RBI to help the Crimson earn a pair of Ivy League splits against Cornell and Princeton after dropping a midweek contest to Boston College.
Related Link: DJ Link Named Ivy League Baseball Rookie of the Week

Up Next

Harvard travels to Brown next weekend for four more Ivy games.