The Harvard Crimson baseball team takes to the road this weekend for a four-game series at Brown in the first Red Rolfe intra-division games of the season. The teams will play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Last Year's Series
The teams split last year's series in Cambridge, Mass. with Brown taking the first two games by score of 10-3 and 7-1 before Harvard stormed back for Sunday wins of 6-2 and 9-0.
Josh Feit batted .33 with three RBI in the series to lead Brown's returning players.
Harvard enters the weekend in need of some wins as the Crimson sits 5.0 games behind division-leading Dartmouth (6-2). The Crimson has been playing better, especially on offense where Jeff Reynolds is hitting .455 over his past five games, Jake McGuiggan sports a .412 mark (4 doubles) and Danny Moskovits is hitting .333 with an on-base-percentage of .571 in the same span.
Overall, Reynolds leads the team with a .337 batting average while Marcus Way leads in the power department with 12 extra base hits, including five homers, and 17 runs batted in.
Dillon O'Neill and Sam Franklin pace the team with 11 and 10 stolen bases, respectively.
On the mound, Max Perlman (1.91 ERA) has struck out 35 batters in 37.2 innings. He and lefty Eric Eadington, who has 36 strikeouts in 33.1 innings, have each only allowed eight extra base hits this season.
Brent Suter (24 K's, 21.0 IP) had a solid midweek outing on Tuesday against Northeastern with five whiffs in 3.0 innings and will likely throw on Sunday while a fourth starter has not yet been named.
The Bears enter play at 4-4 in the Ivy League and 6-18 overall although the team does feature a 7-3 win over Texas on March 12. The Bears have also been playing better as of late and have won three of their last four with a sweep of Columbia last weekend and a split with Penn.
The team has a Thursday game against Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.
Mike DiBiase leads the team with a .338 batting average while John Sheridan (.278) has stolen 10 of 11 base attempts this year. Seven different players have homered but none more than twice and Matt Colantonio (.266) leads the team with seven extra base hits. Pete Greskoff leads with 13 RBI although he is only hitting .185.
On the mound, Matthew Kimball (1-3, 4.09) has thrown two complete games. Number two starter Kevin Carlow (0-5, 6.38) has been touched for 39 hits and 12 walks in 24.0 innings. Carlow earned a win over Harvard last year with a complete game in which he struck out five while allowing five hits and walking four batters. Mark Gormley (0-1, 11.74) is the only other pitcher to start more than three games (4) but has only thrown 7.2 innings in which he has walked 10 batters.
In the bullpen, Josh Feit (1-0, 4.00), also a positional player, leads in appearances (8) while Andrew Bakowski (1-1, 6.10) is the team's best strikeout option with 12 whiffs in 10.1 innings.