Harvard Baseball Opens Ivy Play at Penn, Columbia This Weekend

Harvard Baseball Opens Ivy Play at Penn, Columbia This Weekend

The Particulars
Harvard baseball opens its 2011 Ivy League schedule this weekend as the Crimson travels to Penn and Columbia of the Gehrig Division. Saturday's games begin at noon; Sunday's games start at 1 p.m. and both will have live video available via subscription.

About Harvard
Harvard enters the weekend at 3-16 overall following an 11-6 non-league setback to Holy Cross on Wednesday in what was the team's 2011 home opener.  fresh off a 2-2 weekend at New York Institute of Technology. The two teams split doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday.

Harvard led 6-3 after three innings of play but the Crusaders' four-run fourth inning was started by three walks and a hit batsmen by the Crimson bullpen as Harvard utilized 10 pitchers on the day in a tune-up for the weekend.

Jeff Hajdin and Sean O'Hara delivered two-run singles while Sam Franklin and Marcus Way each had two hits. Harvard received scoreless relief work from Jonah Klees (1.1 innings, 1 strikeout), Joey Novak, Jordan Haviland and Moskovits, who came on from first base to throw a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout.

About Penn
The Quakers enter play this weekend at 8-10 overall following a 6-4 loss to La Salle on Wednesday. The team is 2-2 since returning home from various southern trips including a scheduling oddity as the Quakers played Georgetown five different days in Winter Park, Fla. (posting a 2-3 record).

Jeremy Maas leads the team with a .408 batting average and four homers while Spencer Branigan also has four homers despite a .231 batting average. Brandon Englehardt is the only other Penn player above .300 with a .346 mark and a team-high 16 RBI.

Vince Voiro (1-3, 2.67 ERA) has struck out 32 batters against seven walks in 27.0 innings to lead the starters. John Beasley (0-1, 10.00) leads the team with nine appearances and has struck out 12 batters in 9.0 innings but has also walked seven and allowed 12 hits.

About Columbia
The Lions enter their Saturday twinbill against Dartmouth with a 9-9 overall record after a 9-4 loss to Monmouth on Wednesday.

Dario Pizzano leads the team with a .406 batting average, 10 extra base hits and 17 RBI. Nick Cox is also off to a hot start with a .395 mark including seven doubles and 11 steals in 12 attempts. Eric Williams (.378) and Jason Banos (.318) round out a free-swinging team that has nearly twice as many strikeouts as walks.

Columbia's Sunday starters have not been announced but Stefan Olson (0-0, 2.57) and Dan Bracey (2-2, 3.13) could be the likely candidates. Seven different pitchers have started a game already for the Lions while David Speer (0-1, 4.05) and Tim Giel (0-1, 1.08) lead the team with six appearances.