Baseball Readies for Four-Game Set at Jacksonville

Baseball Readies for Four-Game Set at Jacksonville


               Harvard at Jacksonville
March 10-12, 2017
6 p.m. | 1 p.m. (DH) | 1 p.m.
    Sessions Stadium
Jacksonville Mixlr
Series Tied, 2-2
W, 7-5 (March 26, 2006)

Harvard is 4-0 for the first time since 1986 (Elan Kawesch).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking to continue its strong play at the plate and on the mound, Harvard baseball travels to Jacksonville for a four-game series March 10-12. The games are the first of 10 games in 10 days in Florida for the Crimson, and the entire series will be available on radio via Jacksonville Mixlr.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (4-0) was tough to handle at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge, outscoring Lafayette and Coppin State in a pair of doubleheaders, 39-6. The Crimson brought across 27 runs in its opening day twin bill, equaling its most productive doubleheader since 2004. Harvard moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1986.
  • Four Crimson hitters tallied five RBI in the opening tournament, with three connecting on home runs to lead the offense. Senior Matt Hink has three jacks, sophomore Patrick Robinson has connected on two and sophomore Patrick McColl has one. Sophomore John MacLean also has drove in five runs, while junior Matt Rothenberg leads the Crimson with a .600 average and .692 on-base percentage.
  • All four Crimson starters earned victories in their season debut. Junior Ian Miller threw a complete game shutout to lead the way, allowing just one hit with eight strikeouts. Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson leads the team with nine punchouts, while junior Noah Zavolas and sophomore Kevin Stone also are 1-0 on the season.

Leading the Nation
After four games, a number of Crimson student-athletes are leading the country in a variety of categories. Junior Matt Rothenberg is off to a torrid start, pacing the country with a .692 on-base percentage, while senior Matt Hink is the only hitter averaging one home run per game. His 1.200 slugging percentage also leads the nation. On the hill, junior Ian Miller holds the national lead in ERA at 0.00 and WHIP at 0.11, and he is one of 49 hurlers to tally a complete game.

Harvard is one of two unbeaten teams nationally at 4-0, joining Louisville (11-0). The Crimson holds the top combined ERA at 1.25 for the staff.

Projected Pitching Matchups*
Friday vs. Jacksonville- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Michael Baumann (0-1, 4.30 ERA)
Saturday vs. Jacksonville-  Ian Miller (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Chris Gau (2-0, 0.45 ERA)
Saturday vs. Jacksonville- Kevin Stone (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Casey Kulina (0-0, 4.15 ERA)
Sunday vs. Jacksonville- Noah Zavolas (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Nathan Disch (1-1, 7.88 ERA)

*All matchups subject to change 

Honor Roll
Helping the Crimson to its most Ivy wins since 2010, three returning players received honorable mention All-Ivy honors last season. Infielders John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg and catcher Josh Ellis earned the recognition after sparking the Harvard offense. Additionally, Rothenberg earned all-region accolades.

Rookie of the Week
After a highly-productive start to his Harvard baseball career, freshman Quinn Hoffman was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Feb. 27-March 5. Hoffman hit in the leadoff spot for the Crimson at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge, posting a .316 average at the plate and scoring four runs to go with two RBI and two stolen bases.

Welcome to the Show
Earning the call to the major leagues, former Crimson hurlers Brent Suter '12 and Frank Herrmann '06 pitched in the major leagues in 2016 for the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. Suter appeared in 14 games with two starts, going 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 15 strikeouts, while Herrmann went 1-2 over 14 games out of the bullpen with 14 punchouts. Harvard also had two pitchers, Sean Poppen and Nick Gruener, selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Touch 'Em All
Jump-starting the offense in the opening tournament of the year, Harvard hit six homers in the opening four games. Senior Matt Hink became the 13th player in program history to tally a two home run game, and the first since 2009. Sophomores Patrick Robinson (two) and Patrick McColl (one) put their first-career shots over the wall this weekend as well.

John Fallon led the Crimson with five long balls last season, while sophomores Ben Skinner and Trent Bryan also teed off. Five Crimson hitters connected on homers last season, totaling 13 on the season.

Scouting Jacksonville
Jacksonville is 6-7 on the season, and has dropped six of its last seven after a 5-1 start. Nathan Koslowski leads the Dolphins' offense with 19 hits and 11 RBI, while John Cassala and Angel Camacho have seven RBI apiece. On the mound, Chris Gau is 2-0 over three starts with a 0.45 ERA. Casey Kulina has a team-high 20 strikeouts.

The all-time series is tied, 2-2, with Harvard taking the last meeting in 2006, 7-5.

2020 Vision
Adding to a program that posted its most Ivy League wins since 2010, Harvard announced seven incoming freshmen as the class of 2020: JT Bernard (LHP), Hunter Bigge (RHP), Quinn Hoffman (INF), Chad Minato (INF), Kieran Shaw (RHP), Grant Stone (RHP) and Jake Suddleson (OF).

The group spans three states, with student-athletes joining the Crimson from California, Connecticut and Georgia.

Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through four games?




Home Runs
Stolen Bases

Matt Rothenberg   
Three Tied
Matt Hink
Four Tied
Hoffman, McColl
Four Tied
Ian Miller
Garrett Rupp
Simon Rosenblum-Larson


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At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 60-107 record through four-plus seasons. The Crimson has seen an improvement in each season under Decker, winning 17 games in 2016. Decker has mentored 15 All-Ivy selections during his tenure at Harvard.

Captain Crimson
Senior catcher Josh Ellis was named the 144th captain in program history, extending the run of catchers as captains to four seasons. Ellis is in his first year in the role.

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.

What's Next?
Harvard continues its spring break trip with midweek clashes against Bucknell and Massachusetts in Port Charlotte, Florida March 14-15.