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Baseball Travels to Fairfield, Opens Home Slate with Albany

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                       Harvard vs. Fairfield
March 26, 2016
12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
Alumni Baseball Diamond
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Harvard leads, 5-0
W, 7-1 (April 6, 1975)
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                         Harvard vs. Albany
March 17-19, 2016
         12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
O'Donnell Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, John Avino
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Harvard finished 6-5 at O'Donnell Field in 2015 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With only five games remaining until the start of Ivy play, Harvard baseball will travel to Fairfield for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 26 before hosting a doubleheader with Albany to open the home schedule Sunday, March 27. The two home contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (5-7) finished its eight-game swing in Florida with two wins against Massachusetts and one against Army. 
  • Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with four home runs and 15 RBI through 12 contests. After hitting .319 last season, Fallon is batting an identical percentage in 2016. 
  • Junior Nick Gruener tallied Harvard's first complete game of the season against Army March 18. The Miami native leads the Ivy League with a 16-1 K/BB ratio, which is the fourth-best mark in the country.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Saturday at Fairfield- Nick Gruener (2-1, 2.86 ERA) vs. Kyle Dube (2-1, 2.52 ERA)
Saturday at Fairfield
- Sean Poppen (1-2, 3.50 ERA) vs. Gavin Wallace (1-2, 8.72 ERA)
Sunday vs. Albany
- Ian Miller (0-2, 11.37 ERA) vs. Stephen Woods (2-1, 7.23 ERA)
Sunday vs. Albany- Kevin Stone (1-1, 5.00 ERA) vs. Kenny McLean (1-1, 2.25 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change

Honor Roll
After opening the season with two victories in the Wake Forest tournament, Harvard's John Fallon and Patrick McColl were selected as the Ivy League Co-Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Fallon, a sophomore, led the conference with two home runs and five RBI over the opening weekend. The Houston, Texas native hit .400 on the week with a team-high .933 slugging percentage, recording a conference-best four extra base hits. Starting at first base, McColl opened his career with six hits and four RBI to lead all rookies. Tallying three extra base hits at the Wake Forest tournament, the Los Altos, California native ranks third in the league.

Full Release: Fallon, McColl Garner Ivy League Weekly Honors

Touch 'Em All
John Fallon leads the Crimson with four long balls, while senior Mitch Klug, sophomore Connor Quinn and freshmen Ben Skinner and Trent Bryan have added one apiece. Fallon is tied for the Ivy lead with four jacks.

Double Down
Harvard has 30 doubles through 12 games, giving the Crimson the 11th-most doubles per game in the country. As a team, the Crimson has taken advantage of 43 extra base hits this season while giving up only 27.

League Best
Harvard owns the highest batting average in the Ivy League (.261), and leads the conference in runs (63) doubles (30), RBI (58) and slugging percentage (.422). One win shy of the highest total in the Ancient Eight, Matt Rothenberg boasts the league's top batting average (.424) and on base percentage (.486) while John Fallon's 15 RBI are four more than the second-best total.

Strength of Schedule
Starting the 2016 campaign, Harvard has already faced off against the nation's top-ranked team (Florida) and toppled an ACC opponent (Wake Forest). The Crimson has seen seven of Baseball America's preseason top-100 prospects, including the No. 1 overall player in Florida southpaw AJ Puk.

Scouting Fairfield
Fairfield is 4-12 on the season, and enters the doubleheader with Harvard on a seven-game skid. Picking up its victories against Delaware State and Charlotte, outfielder Jake Salpietro leads the Stags at the plate with a .348 average, five home runs and 12 RBI. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Dube has tallied two wins on the hill, posting a 2.52 ERA with 17 strikeouts this season.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Fairfield, 5-0.

Scouting Albany
Albany is 7-10 on the season, including a 1-2 start in America East competition. Playing all 17 contests away from home, the Great Danes are led by infielder Matt Hinchy at the plate, who has tallied a .377 average with one homer and 17 RBI to start 2016. Right-hander Ryan Stinar is 2-0 on the mound in three starts, recording a 2.81 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

The meeting between Albany and Harvard is the first in program history.

Captain Crimson
Seniors DJ Link and Matt Sanders were selected by their teammates to captain the 2016 squad. This will be the first season as captain for both players.

Feature Video: Crimson Baseball Challenge

At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 44-90 record through three-plus seasons. The Crimson has seen an improvement in wins each season under Decker, winning 18 games in 2015. Decker has mentored 11 All-Ivy selections during his tenure at Harvard.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

To keep up with Harvard baseball on twitter, follow here.

What's Next?
Harvard travels to Worcester for a mid-week clash with Holy Cross March 30 at 5 p.m. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS