LOWELL, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team will travel to Lowell, Mass., to play Massachusetts in the championship game of the annual Beanpot, hosted by the Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park on Wednesday, April 18. The two teams will face off at 4:30 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled for 6 p.m.
This marks the second straight season that Harvard will vie for a championship. The Crimson lost in last year's title game to Boston College at Fenway Park. Harvard is looking for its first championship since 2005 when the Crimson defeated Massachusetts, 11-5, and Northeastern, 7-3, en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance in Fullerton, Calif.
Harvard has won three of its last four non-conference games including two victories over Boston College to mark the Crimson's first season sweep of the Eagles since 1998. Last weekend, head coach Joe Walsh won his 200th Ivy League game (200-132, .603) as the Crimson split a weekend series at Yale.
UMass (11-12) is on a nine-game road trip including a Tuesday game at Central Connecticut State. Pitching has been the Minutemen's biggest strength thus far this season. Entering the week, the staff earned run average of 3.45 ranks second among all Atlantic 10 teams (62nd nationally). In conference play, UMass holds 3.24 ERA through 80.2 innings with just 27 walks to 60 strikeouts.
Rich Graef leads the offense with a .359 batting average. All of his hits are singles and UMass has just 27 extra base hits on the year. Ryan Cusick (.247) supplies most of the power with six doubles and three triples but it is mostly due to his speed as he also leads the team with 15 stolen bases.
Admission to the doubleheader is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. Complimentary parking will be available in the dirt lot, directly across the street from LeLacheur Park.