Baseball Heads to Yale for First Ivy Red Rolfe Series

Baseball Heads to Yale for First Ivy Red Rolfe Series


                              Harvard vs. Yale
April 16-17, 2016
 12 p.m. | 1 p.m.
Yale Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 196-180-1
L, 2-1 (April 19, 2015)

Harvard picked up victories over Columbia and Penn April 9-10 (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Division play begins this weekend in the Ivy League. In the first Red Rolfe series of the year, Harvard travels to Yale for a four-game set April 16-17 at Yale Field. An audio-only broadcast will be provided on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (9-18, 2-6 Ivy) tallied a pair of series splits over the weekend with Columbia and Penn. The Crimson put up 22 runs over the weekend, with freshmen Patrick McColl and Trent Bryan driving in five and four RBI, respectively, to lead the team.   
  • Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with an Ivy-best five home runs and 21 RBI through 26 contests. After hitting .319 last season, the third baseman is hitting .300 in 2016. Only classmate Matt Rothenberg boasts a higher average (.367) this season. 
  • Junior Nick Gruener tallied Harvard's first four complete games of the season against Army, Fairfield, Cornell and Columbia. The Miami native ranks second in the Ivy League with an 8-1 K/BB ratio, which is the 18th-best mark in the country. Nationally, only one pitcher has thrown more complete games than the Crimson right-hander.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Saturday vs. Yale- Nick Gruener (4-2, 3.21 ERA) vs. Scott Politz (3-3, 3.59 ERA)
Saturday vs. Yale- Sean Poppen (1-3, 3.31 ERA) vs. Chasen Ford (3-3, 4.38 ERA)
Sunday vs. Yale
- Ian Miller (0-4, 8.03 ERA) vs. Mason Kukowski (0-4, 5.35 ERA)
Sunday vs. Yale
- Kevin Stone (2-2, 6.46 ERA) vs. Chris Lanham (0-1, 8.24 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change

Honor Roll
On April 12, Ben Skinner of the Harvard baseball team was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office.

Skinner tallied a career-best two hits in game one against Columbia on Saturday, and hit .417 on the week with three extra-base knocks and three RBI. The center fielder stepped up for a  clutch RBI-triple to send Saturday's second game with the Lions to extra innings, and he followed up the performance with two RBI against Penn. Skinner left the weekend with a seven-game reached-base streak intact.

Previous Awards: Fallon, McColl Garner Ivy League Weekly Honors

Last Time Out
Harvard baseball fell to Boston College, 11-9, on Tuesday at O'Donnell Field despite a furious comeback. The Crimson fell to 9-18 on the season while the Eagles improved to 17-11. 

All nine starters tallied a hit in the contest, with the Crimson recording 12 total in the game. Senior DJ Link, junior Matt Hink and freshman Edwin Owolo recorded two hits apiece, with Link and Owolu each driving home a pair of runs.

Full Recap: Late Comeback Thwarted as Boston College Tops Baseball, 11-9

First-Year Standouts
A plethora of freshmen have worked their way into the starting lineup, including three hitters and two pitchers. Patrick McColl has appeared in all 26 games at first base, and is fourth on the team with a .267 average. Outfielders Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner have each knocked home runs, and have 17 and 11 hits, respectively.

On the hill, Kevin Stone and Simon Rosenblum Larson have each appeared in five games, and are striking out more than six batters per nine innings. Stone is second on the team with two wins.

Touch 'Em All
John Fallon leads the Crimson with five long balls, while freshman Ben Skinner has teed off twice. Three other hitters have connected on a shot over the fence, and Fallon is tied for the Ivy lead with five jacks.

Two-Faced Stolen Base
Junior catcher Josh Ellis has shown off his arm and awareness from behind the plate, successfully throwing out seven of 16 base-stealers through 22 games. Ellis is tied for second in the Ancient Eight with seven runners caught stealing, and is second among starters with a .438 success rate. On the other side of the diamond, Ellis leads the Crimson with six stolen bases on the year without being thrown out.

Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson this year?




Home Runs
Stolen Bases
ERA (min. 10 IP)
WHIP (min. 10 IP)   

Matt Rothenberg   
John Fallon
John Fallon
John Fallon
Josh Ellis
Nick Gruener
Shaun Rubin
Shaun Rubin
Nick Gruener


On a Streak
Sophomore John Fallon enters the weekend clash with a 19-game reached base streak intact. The longest stretch of his career, Fallon had an eight-game hitting streak quashed this weekend. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg has reached successfully in 11-straight contests, and freshman Patrick McColl has registered the longest hitting streak of the season at nine games.

Scouting Yale
Yale is 11-19-1 on the season, but is 6-2 in Ivy play. Sitting in first in the Red Rolfe division, Yale is led at the plate by Harrison White and Richard Slenker, who have each tallied two home runs and 15 and 14 RBI, respectively, with top-four averages on the team. On the mound, Scott Politz and Chasen Ford have each recorded three wins, with Politz registering a team-high 3.59 ERA.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Yale, 196-180-1, and the two teams played to a split in 2015.

Strength of Schedule
Starting the 2016 campaign, Harvard has already faced off against the nation's top-ranked team (Florida) and toppled an ACC opponent (Wake Forest). The Crimson has seen four of Baseball America's top-100 prospects from their March 10 list, including the No. 6 overall player in Florida southpaw AJ Puk.

At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 48-101 record through three-plus seasons. The Crimson has seen an improvement in wins each season under Decker, winning 18 games in 2015. Decker has mentored 11 All-Ivy selections during his tenure at Harvard.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

To keep up with Harvard baseball on twitter, follow here.

What's Next?
Harvard faces the loser of Boston College and Massachusetts in the Beanpot Consolation game April 20 in Northboro, Massachusetts. Game times are still to be announced.