Nick Saathoff and the Crimson welcome Boston College on Wednesday for the first round of the Beanpot. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team is set to welcome Boston College to O'Donnell Field for the first round of the 2014 Baseball Beanpot at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The Crimson (5-18, 1-6 Ivy League) and Eagles (10-20, 2-13 ACC) will meet on the diamond for the 109th time in the series history and for the 18th time in the Beanpot.
The Crimson heads into the weekday matinee with a 5-18 record after four tough Ivy losses last weekend. Harvard is batting .248 as a team, led by speedy outfielder Carlton Bailey's .370 average. Outfielders Mike Martin (.297/.385/.363) and Jack Colton (.241/.276/.313) own the team lead in the RBI race, each driving in 10 runs apiece so far this season. Brandon Kregel, who is hitting .244 this season has the team lead in doubles through 23 games with five.
On the hill, a platoon or hurlers have helped out the Crimson's cause. Together the Harvard staff owns a 4.41 ERA and a combined 138 strikeouts. Danny Moskovits has a stellar 1.53 ERA in 17.2 innings over seven appearances this season, while Sean Poppen owns a 2.05 ERA with a 2-2 record and a team-best 26 strikeouts.
Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a tough home opening weekend, having been swept by both Penn (7-3 and 9-6) and Columbia (12-6 and 8-3), despite keeping things close for awhile. Against the Quakers, Harvard was up 3-1 in the sixth inning of game one before yielding six over the final two innings, and then was tied into the fifth of game two before allowing three runs over the final three frames. On Sunday against a powerful Columbia lineup, the Crimson owned a 4-0 lead into the top of the fifth, but eight unearned runs for the Lions in that inning paved the way for the Columbia win in game one. The Crimson couldn't keep up in game two, falling behind early, 5-1 through four, eventually falling 8-3 in the sweep.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles bring with them a 10-20 record this season, with a few solid wins under their belt. BC split its series with both Nevada and Santa Clara to open the year, and also has taken games from both Wake Forest and North Carolina in conference play this season.
Logan Hoggarth paces the Eagles with his .265 average at the plate in 68 at bats. Chris Shaw, who has played every game so far for BC, is hitting .261 and leads the team in hits (29) doubles (10), home runs (1) RBI (16) and total bases (42).
On the mound, Boston College pitchers have combined for a 4.35 ERA and 189 punch outs through 30 games. The Eagles' Andrew Chin and John Goreman both lead the way with two wins apiece, while Gorman has fanned a team-best 34 batters in 41.0 innings pitched.
The Series with the Eagles
Boston College owns a 56-49-3 all-time record over Harvard, going 13-3-1 against the Crimson in the Beanpot since 1990. The last time Harvard defeated BC was in 2012 when the Crimson shut down the Eagles twice, 5-3 and 5-2, the latter of which was in the Beanpot's first round.