Carlton Bailey and the Crimson will look to stay in the chase for the Red Rolfe Division title this weekend (Erik Williams).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team continues Ivy League divisional play this weekend with a four-game set at Brown this weekend.
Ivy Standings (Conference Page)
After splitting its four games with Yale last weekend, the Crimson enters the weekend tied with the Bulldogs for second and three games out of first place in the Red Rolfe Division. Division-leading Dartmouth will take on the Elis in a four-game series this weekend, while the Crimson visits Brown.
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Last Time Out
The Crimson went 2-2 in its four-game series against Yale, taking the first game of both doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday. In the opener, Sam Dodge fired a complete game gem, allowing just three hits and one unearned run while striking out seven to earn his first win of the season. In the second contest of the day, the Crimson entered the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead; however, Yale scored six runs in the final frame to top Harvard 7-3.
In Sunday's doubleheader, Harvard scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to top the Elis, 6-2. Nick Saathoff belted a three-run homer, and Tanner Anderson added a two-run single to account for the majority of the Crimson offense. Yale used another late-inning burst of runs in game two to eek out a 5-2 victory to salvage a split of the series.
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The Crimson (8-24, 5-7 Ivy League) enters the series with the Bears hitting at a .247 clip as a team. Sophomore outfielder Brandon Kregel paces the regulars with a .296 average two home runs and 15 RBIs, while fellow class of 2015 member Mike Martin has nine extra base hits this spring, including two triples, to account for his .278 average at the plate. Tanner Anderson is also batting .278 with 13 runs driven in, and DJ Link has plated 13 runs while hitting .266. On the mound, freshman Sean Poppen is 1-2 with 24 strikeouts in a team-high 39.1 innings pitched. Junior Sam Dodge leads the team in strikeouts with 31 and is coming off his best performance of the year against Yale, while Baron Davis tops the team with two wins in 28.1 frames.
Scouting Brown (Team Page | Stats)
The Bears bring a 10-game losing streak and a 3-26 overall record into the weekend after dropping two midweek games to Holy Cross Wednesday afternoon. During its recent skid, the Bears have struggled to score runs, getting shutout five times and averaging just two runs per game. On the season, Brown is batting a collective .222 and averaging 2.38 runs per contest. Will Marcal is the team's top hitter with a .330 batting average, five doubles and 14 RBI, while Dan Massey is also batting .330 with three home runs and 11 RBI. On the bump, Antho Galan is 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts. Kev Gutherie (0-1, 3.18) and Will Lacker (1-0, 2.92) have been the Bears top two relievers out of the pen.
Harvard and Brown will meet for the 295th time this weekend in a series that dates back to 1868 when the Crimson topped the Bears, 37-15. Harvard leads the all-time series 180-113-1 and took three of four last year from Brown; however, the Bears salvaged the final game of the series, knocking off the Crimson, 22-9.
Harvard will travel to Dartmouth for a doubleheader April 27 before hosting the Big Green for two more games the following day at O'Donnell Field. The Crimson conclude the regular season April 29 at Fenway Park in the Beanpot consolation game.