CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team will welcome eight student-athletes to the program this fall. All eight newcomers span the United States from Massachusetts to Hawaii.
Under the direction of third-year head coach Bill Decker, The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, the Crimson will look to improve on a fourth-place finish in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division. Harvard returns All-Ivy League selection Mike Martin in the outfield, along with standout pitchers Sean Poppen and Nick Gruener on the hill.
The Class of 2018:
Austin Black | Lincolnshire, Ill. | Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Two-year letterwinner at Adlai E. Stevenson playing in the outfield … Played for Diamond Dawgz from 2012-14 on club circuit … 2014 team captain at Adlai E. Stevenson … 2013 and 2014 captain for Diamond Dawgz … Led high school team to regional championship as a junior, hitting .333 with a .481 on-base percentage … Missed senior season with a shoulder injury … Named to North Suburban Conference Academic All-Conference team … Graduated with highest honors from Adlai E. Stevenson, and was an Illinois State Scholar … son of Michael and Robin Black.
Conor Quinn | Amherst, Mass. | Deerfield Academy
Three-year letterwinner at Deerfield Academy in the Central New England Prep School Baseball League … Earned Arthur S. Williams Jr. Baseball MVP Trophy in 2013 … Named to honor roll six terms … Served as a peer tutor … Member of Untouchable Maybach Music Group … son of Marita Quinn.
Dylan Combs | Kailua, Hawaii | Punahou School
Four-year letterwinner at Punahou on the mound and in the outfield … All-League first team pitcher … All-State honorable mention pitcher … Named to 2014 All-West second team by Perfect Game USA … Voted Punahou most inspirational player … Three-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver and kick returner … Helped team to three league championships, and one state championship in football … Named to All-State honorable mention team as a wide receiver … Received Punahou's President's Award for academics … son of Brian Combs and Leslie Matsukawa.
Garrett Rupp | Phoenix, Ariz. | Brophy College Preparatory
Two-year letterwinner at Brophy as a pitcher … Brophy team captain as a senior … Played for Arizona Dodgers Baseball Club for three years as a pitcher and first baseman … Named to All-Section III team at Division I level … Named Brophy most improved player in 2013 … helped Brophy to state runner-up finish as a sophomore … Named to Arizona Division I All-Star game and All-Academic All-Star game as a senior … National Merit Scholarship winner … son of John and Mary Rupp.
Ian Miller | Brooklyn, N.Y. | Berkeley Carroll School
Four-year letterwinner at the Berkeley Carroll School as a pitcher and infielder … Played club baseball for the Academic Prospects and New York Grays … team captain at Berkeley Carroll as a senior … All-City first team in 2014, and was third in MVP voting … All-city second team in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012 … All-Brooklyn first team 2012-14 … Named Brooklyn Rising Star in 2013 by DNA.info … ACIS League MVP 2013-14, ACIS Playoff MVP 2012-14 … Did not allow a run over 52 innings in 2013 … Threw no-hitter in summer of 2014 … Two-year letterwinner in basketball … All-League second team in basketball in 2012 … Summa cum laude recipient upon graduation … son of Mike Miller and Liz Gessner.
John Fallon | Houston, Texas | Mirabeau B. Lamar High School
Three-year letterwinner at Lamar … Played four years in the infield for the Columbia Angels summer and fall teams … Lamar team captain in 2014 … Named to All-District team in 2013 and 2014 at Lamar … Two-time Under Armour Pre-Season All-American in 2013 and 2014 … Houston Area Coaches Association Baseball All-Star … Founded Gloves for Good, Inc., a non-profit organization assisting underprivileged children access baseball equipment … son of Jim and Liz Fallon.
Matt Rothenberg | Boca Raton, Fla. | Pine Crest School
Three-year letterwinner at Pine Crest … Played with Boca Thunder Baseball on club circuit … Pine Crest captain in 2013 and 2014 … Pine Crest baseball Diamond Award winner in 2013 … Ranked in top 500 in national rankings by Perfect Game, including a No. 44 ranking at third base … 2014 All-District third baseman … In Pine Crest record book for runs, walks, assists and hit by pitches … Batted .365 as a senior … AP Scholar … Pine Crest Academic Excellence Award winner … William & Mary Leadership Award … son of Mark and Susannah Rothenberg.
Noah Zavolas | Acton, Mass. | Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Two-year letterman as a shortstop and pitcher at Acton-Boxborough … Most recently played for Weston Junior Legion (2012), Mizuno Northeast Pride (2013) and Sudbury Senior Legion Post 191 (2014) in club leagues … Acton-Boxborough captain as a senior … 2013 and 2014 Dual County All-Star … 2014 Gatorade State Player of the Year nominee … Acton-Boxborough MVP in 2013 and 2014 … 2013 Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Junior Select All-Star … Helped Acton-Boxborough to 2014 League Co-Championship … National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar … Extensive volunteer experience … Son of Nicholas Zavolas and Suzie Day.