The Harvard Crimson baseball team will open its 2012 home schedule on Wednesday as the team plays host to nearby rival Boston College in a non-conference doubleheader at O'Donnell Field.
The contests will serve as a tune-up for the Crimson as it readies for a big home weekend of Ivy League doubleheaders against Columbia (Saturday) and Pennsylvania (Sunday).
We'll Meet Again
Harvard and Boston College will play each other again in just six days as the teams square off in the first round of the annual Beanpot Tournament. The game is scheduled for April 10 as 2:30 p.m. at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Harvard is coming off its Ivy-opening weekend, during which the Crimson posted a 1-3 record with a doubleheader split at Cornell and a sweep at the hands of Princeton.
Harvard has endured a difficult non-conference schedule this year with the Crimson playing 10 of its first 13 games against teams ranked among the nation's Top-20. The team's record has not been reflective of the year, however as the Crimson has already lost an incredible 11 games by two runs or less and six games by a single run.
Harvard is led by Steven Dill and Zach Boden, each of whom sport a .333 batting average. Carlton Bailey checks in at .324 while Jack Colton checks in at .321 overall. Colton earned a spot on the weekly Ivy League Honor Roll this week after batting .527 last week.
Marcus Way returned to the lineup this week after missing much of the early season to injury. He is slated to start on the mound in his first pitching outing of the season.
Harvard senior Brent Suter is a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for his amazing contributions in the classroom and the community. For more on Suter, log onto www.seniorclassaward.com.
On Wednesday, Suter will welcome two bus loads of students from Watertown's Cunniff School to the game. Suter and his Crimson teammates have volunteered at the nearby school in a new initiative to introduce male role models into the classroom where there are fewer male teachers.
About Boston College
The Eagles entered Tuesday's game with Connecticut with a 12-15 record. The team endured a 10-game losing streak from March 3-20 but has won three of its last four including a series victory over Maryland.
Tom Bourdon (.341, 6 HR, 10 2B, 15 RBI) and Anthony Melchionda (.339, 10 2B, 3 HR, 21 RBI) lead the team offensively while Matt McGovern (.311) has a team-high five stolen bases.