Baseball Hosts Princeton, Cornell This Weekend

Baseball Hosts Princeton, Cornell This Weekend

The Particulars
The Harvard Crimson baseball team makes its 2011 Ivy League debut at O'Donnell Field this weekend with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday against Princeton and Cornell. Both games start at noon with live stats available on (weather permitting).

About Harvard
Harvard enters the weekend at 0-4 in the Ivy League race after dropping doubleheaders at Penn and Columbia last weekend. The Crimson's toughest loss came in an 8-7, 12-inning decision to Penn in the nightcap on Saturday as the team surrendered all eight runs via errors.

Harvard struggled offensively during the week with a .211 team batting average while Tyler Albright led the club with a .333 average.  

On Tuesday, the Crimson was in action at Bryant with the team dropping a 12-1 game to the Bulldogs.

For the season, Jeff Reynolds leads the team with a .321 batting average while Sam Franklin follows with a .289 mark. Franklin and Dillon O'Neill each have 10 stolen bases while Jeff Hajdin is a perfect 4-for-4 and Marcus Way is 6-of-7.

Harvard's top starter to date has been Max Perlman who, although saddled with a 1-3 record, has been masterful with a 1.44 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work.

About Princeton
The Tigers enter play this weekend tied atop the Gehrig Division at 4-0 to offset a 10-13 overall record. The team had a pair of dramatic victories over Brown and Yale last week while holding those teams to a combined 10 runs in four games.

Entering its 11-8 non-league win at Rugters on Wednesday, Matt Bowman led the team with a .303 batting average while Sam Mulroy (.268) led with 12 extra base hits (5 homers). 24 RBI and 6 steals.

Bowman was also the Tigers' Saturday starter last week and sports a 1-3 record and a 3.55 ERA but has allowed 38 hits in 25.1 innings. Zak Hermans (2-1, 2.86) was the other Saturday starter.

About Cornell
The Big Red sit at 1-3 in the league with a 13-8 win at Brown on Sunday. The team, which plays at Dartmouth on Saturday, is led by Ben Swinford (.314) and Marshall Yanzick (.313) offensively while Mickey Brodsky (.309, 2 HR, 13 RBI) and Brian Billigen (.290, 4 HR, 12 RBI) supply the power.

Jadd Schmeltzer (1-3, 3.60) is the team's top starter and Anthony Irigoyen (1-0, 1.69) sports the top ERA out of the bullpen.