Pictured: Jeff Reynolds turns a double play against Minnesota eaelier this season.
Harvard opens its 2010 home schedule Tuesday afternoon as the Crimson welcomes Bryant University to O’Donnell Field for a single nonleague contest.
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In the first weekend of Ivy League play, Harvard kept pace with defending league champion Dartmouth by splitting doubleheaders at Princeton and Cornell. The Crimson received some impressive pitching performances during the weekend and a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Will Keuper highlighted the weekend out of the bullpen with 5.0 shutout innings of one-hit baseball at Princeton in what was a 12-inning affair. Keuper struck out six and did not walk a batter while allowing just an infield single.
Eric Eadington threw eight strong innings in a 4-2 win over Princeton with five strikeouts against just one walk.
On Sunday, Brent Suter got the victory in a 12-6 decision at Cornell with seven strikeouts in six innings of work.
Offensively, Harvard got on track with a team batting average of .305 thanks to some monster efforts from Sean O’Hara (.538, three sacrifices), Kyle Larrow (.467, 8 RBI) and Tyler Albright (.400).
Larrow went 3-for-5 with five RBI in the first game at Cornell, hitting his first career homer and adding an RBI triple. Larrow and O’Hara played prominent roles in Harvard’s 4-2 win at Princeton as O’Hara had a two-run double and a pair of important sac bunts while Larrow drove home the game-winning run with a double and an insurance run with a suicide squeeze.
For the season, Jeff Reynolds leads the team with a .315 batting average while O’Hara (.299) and Larrow (.297) follow close behind. Dan Zailskas has also had a fine early season with a .292 average.
Bryant is in its second season as a Division I member. Last season, the Bulldogs posted an impressive 32-22 record in their first go-around while playing as an independent.
This year’s team has won six straight following starts of 0-6 and 3-13.
Nick Campbell (.330), Kevin Brown (.326, 10 2b, 3 HR), Dylan Stone (.326) and Jeff Vigurs (.318, 15 RBI) lead the team offensively.
Brent Almeida (1-0, 4.76) could be tapped to start on the mound for Bryant after earning a win with 5.1 innings of work against Marist last Wednesday. John Michael Ryan (0-3, 6.63) is the only other non-weekend pitcher to have started a game this season.