| Harvard vs UMass Lowell
April 27, 2016
Harvard improved to 8-8 in Ivy play over the weekend (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The regular season is down to its final five games, and Harvard baseball will travel to UMass Lowell to conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on AmericaEast.tv.
Top of the First
- Harvard (15-21, 8-8 Ivy) took three of four games from division leading-Yale April 16-17 and Brown April 23-24. The team heads into the final Ivy weekend in second place in the Red Rolfe division.
- Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with five homers and 24 RBI through 34 contests, marks that both rank in the Ivy League top five. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg leads the Ancient Eight in batting average (.377) by six points, while junior Josh Ellis is also hitting north of .300, checking in at .302.
- Two of the top Ivy strikeout pitchers grace the mound for the Crimson, with junior Nick Gruener and senior Sean Poppen ranking third and fourth, respectively, with 44 and 43 punchouts.
Projected Pitching Matchups
Wednesday vs. UMass Lowell- Shaun Rubin (2-0, 0.60 ERA) vs. Ricky Constant (0-2, 6.26 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change
Going the Distance
Junior Nick Gruener has tallied six-straight complete games, going the distance against Army, Fairfield, Cornell, Columbia, Yale and Brown. The Miami native ranks second nationally with the six complete games, while sophomore Ian Miller threw his first-career complete game April 17 vs. Yale.
Last Time Out
Harvard took three of four games from Brown to move to .500 in Ivy League play as the program celebrated its 150th anniversary.
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
A plethora of freshmen have worked their way into the starting lineup, including three hitters and two pitchers. Patrick McColl has appeared in all 36 games to lead the team, and is fifth on the team with a .261 average. Outfielders Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner have each knocked home runs, and have 24 and 18 hits, respectively.
On the hill, Kevin Stone has been a consistent Sunday starter, going 3-2 with a 4.79 ERA. In his most recent start, the right-hander fanned eight over eight scoreless innings.
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 third in the Ancient Eight with five jacks.
Scouting UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell is 17-19 on the season with a 5-10 mark in America East action. Steve Passatempo leads the River Hawks' offense with eight home runs and 34 RBI, while Joe Consolmagno holds a team-high .299 average. Andrew Ryan leads the rotation with a 3-4 record and 2.15 ERA with 46 strikeouts, while closer Brendan Long has tallied eight saves with a 1.80 ERA.
The meeting will be the first in program history.
Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson this year?
*Leads Ivy League
On a Streak
Senior Mitch Klug holds the longest-active hitting and reached base streak at eight games, going 12-for-25 over the stretch. Sophomores John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg had 23- and 18-game reached base streaks snapped over the weekend, which are the Crimson's best totals this season.
Two-Faced Stolen Base
Junior catcher Josh Ellis has shown off his arm and awareness from behind the plate, successfully throwing out eight of 20 base-stealers through 35 games. Ellis ranks fifth in the Ancient Eight with eight runners caught stealing, and is third in runners caught-stealing percentage (.400) among starters. On the other side of the diamond, Ellis leads the Crimson with seven stolen bases on the year without being thrown out.
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 54-104 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.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com 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.
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Harvard and Dartmouth play a pivotal home and home April 30-May 1 that could help decide the Ivy League Red Rolfe champion. The Saturday series will be broadcast on ESPN3, while the entire series can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network.