Harvard, B.C. Vie for Beanpot Title Tuesday at Fenway Park

Sean O'Hara was on base all five plate appearances with three hits in the second game of a twinbill against Yale on April 24, 2011
Sean O'Hara was on base all five plate appearances with three hits in the second game of a twinbill against Yale on April 24, 2011

The Particulars
The Harvard Crimson baseball team will vie for the 2011 Beanpot championship Tuesday evening against Boston College at Fenway Park. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. following the consolation game between Northeastern and Massachusetts. Harvard is looking for its first Beanpot title since 2005.

How They Got Here
Harvard defeated Massachusetts in the first round, 1-0, as Danny Moskovits' one-out single up the middle in the ninth inning scored Jack Colton for the game's only run.

The Crimson received tremendous pitching as Dan Berardo (3.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K), Jonah Klees (3.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and Andrew Hatch (W, 2-0, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 K) pounded the strike zone all game and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Harvard was also helped out behind the plate by Tyler Albright, who threw out all three runners trying to steal against him – all of them by a wide margin.

Nine different Boston College pitchers held Northeastern to one run and the Eagles scored five times in the sixth inning en route to a 6-1 win against the Huskies.

Senior Nate Bayuk picked up the win after pitching a scoreless sixth inning. The staff combined to fan 11 Huskies while walking just one and allowing seven hits.

Nate LaPointe had season highs by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Matt Hamlet went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

The Series
Boston College has won 14 straight games over the Crimson but many have been close affairs including a 10-9 victory in last year's Beanpot and a 7-3 come-from-behind win for the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. Harvard's last win over BC came on April 18, 2001 by a score of 6-1 as Harvard banged out 12 hits, including a pair of homers. 

The Last Meeting
Boston College scored four unearned runs in the fifth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit on May 5, 2010 en route to a 7- win. Matt Hamlet led all returning players for this year with three hits while Mike Sudol had two for BC. Dillon O'Neill and Kyle Larrow each had two hits for the Crimson with O'Neill adding a pair of stolen bases.

About Harvard
Harvard split a four-game weekend series with division-leading Yale by claiming the nightcap in each doubleheader. Max Perlman threw a complete-game shutout on Friday afternoon, striking out 10 batters and scattering four singles in a 1-0 Harvard win. Yale did not advance a runner past second base against the former freshman All-American. On Sunday, Jake McGuiggan homered and the Crimson banged out 10 hits in a 10-3 win.

McGuiggan led Harvard with a .391 batting average and a .609 slugging percentage in seven games last week. He had a hit in all but one game with three multi-hit efforts. He drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over Yale on Friday with a suicide squeeze and had a two-run homer in a win over the Bulldogs on Sunday. He had a pair of doubles against Bryant on Tuesday and was also 2-for-4 in a 1-0 win against Massachusetts in the first round of the Beanpot.

About Boston College
The Eagles were swept in a three-game series by ninth-ranked Georgia Tech this weekend in Atlanta, Ga. The team hopes to get back into the win column on Monday with a non-conference game at St. john's in Queens, N.Y. before Tuesday's Beanpot game.

Matt McGovern leads the team with a .453 batting average in limited play. Anthony Melchionda (.331) has 16 extra base hits and a team-high 32 RBI. Garret Smith (.308) has a team-high 14 doubles. BC has stolen just 21 bases in 37 games and has been caught nearly 50 percent of the time (21-41).

The Eagles have 11 pitchers whom have made at least 11 pitching appearances this season. In addition to using nine pitchers in last week's win over Northeastern, BC used eight hurlers in the first game of last weekend's series against Georgia Tech in a 2-0 loss.