| Harvard vs. Army West Point
March 25-26, 2017
2 p.m. (DH) | 11 a.m. (DH)
USA Baseball National Training Complex
Harvard leads, 51-35-1
W, 5-3 (March 18, 2016)
Harvard is 6-0 in neutral site meetings this season (Fran Ruchalski).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Traveling to Cary, North Carolina for a four-game series with Army West Point, Harvard baseball will take the diamond for a pair of doubleheaders March 25-26 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The opening twin bill will begin at 2 p.m., while the latter will kick off at 11 a.m.
Top of the First
- Harvard (7-7) is an unbeaten 6-0 in neutral site meetings in 2017, outscoring its opponents 56-16 in those outings.
- Junior Matt Rothenberg and sophomore Patrick Robinson lead the team with 13 hits apiece, with Rothenberg holding a team-best .433 average and Robinson connecting for a Harvard-high six extra-base hits. The Crimson has tallied eight home runs on the season, including three from senior Matt Hink. Sophomore Patrick McColl has driven in a team-high 10 RBI.
- Through three starts, junior Ian Miller leads the Crimson with a 2.25 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 24 innings. He has thrown a complete game in each of his starts. Sophomore Kevin Stone leads the team with two victories.
Leading the Ivies
After 14 games, junior Ian Miller leads the conference, as well as the nation, with three complete games. He also has the fourth-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight. Sophomore Patrick Robinson holds the league lead with a .649 slugging percentage, while sophomore Trent Bryan holds the top mark in the Ivy League in triples. Junior Matt Rothenberg is second in batting average.
As a team, Harvard paces the league in walks drawn, doubles and stolen bases.
Projected Pitching Matchups*
Saturday vs. Army West Point- Ian Miller (1-2, 2.25 ERA) vs. Jeremy Mortensen (1-3, 4.71 ERA)
Saturday vs. Army West Point- Noah Zavolas (1-2, 3.79 ERA) vs. Daniel Gibbons (1-1, 2.04 ERA)
Sunday vs. Army West Point- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-2, 6.61 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday vs. Army West Point- Kevin Stone (2-1, 5.28 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change
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.
Scouting Army West Point
The Black Knights hold a 7-12 record this season, including a 4-5 record during its week-long trip to Georgia and South Carolina. Kris Lindner leads the team with a .309 average and 14 RBI, while Matt Hudgins has a team-high two home runs. Jeremy Mortensen has seen the most time on the mound, going 1-3 with 26 strikeouts over 28.2 innings.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Army West Point, 51-35-1.
The Ivy slate is rapidly approaching, with Harvard's first weekend set for April 1-2 at Columbia and Penn. The Crimson currently leads all teams with seven victories, and is one of three programs to boast a positive run differential.
Returning to Fenway Park
The Baseball Beanpot will return to Fenway Park in 2017, with Harvard set to join Boston College, Massachusetts and Northeastern at the historic ballpark April 19. The game times are set for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., with the championship matchup following the consolation.
Tickets are available now at www.redsox.com/beanpot.
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.
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.
Touch 'Em All
Jump-starting the offense, Harvard has eight home runs to open the season. 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) and junior Austin Black (one) put their first-career shots over the wall during the opening weekend, while sophomore Trent Bryan added his first jack of the season against Jacksonville.
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?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 63-114 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.
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.
Harvard opens its home schedule with Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 29 at O'Donnell Field. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the Ivy League Digital Network.