Baseball Heads to Columbia, Penn to Open Ivy Slate

Baseball Heads to Columbia, Penn to Open Ivy Slate


               Harvard at Columbia
April 1, 2017
12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
    Robertson Field at Satow Stadium
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 86-62-1
L, 4-3 (11) (April 9, 2016)


                               Harvard at Penn
April 2, 2017
12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
    Meiklejohn Stadium
Harvard leads, 115-70-1
L, 6-5 (11) (April 10, 2016)

Harvard has scored 46 runs in its past four outings (Fran Ruchalski).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for its opening Ivy League series, Harvard baseball will travel to Columbia and Penn April 1-2 for a pair of doubleheaders beginning at noon. Both series can be found on the Ivy League Digital Network, and the Penn series will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (10-8) is coming off a series victory over Army West Point, where the offense produced 46 runs over four games. The total was Harvard's most over a four-game stretch since the 2003 campaign.
  • Sophomore Patrick Robinson leads the team with 23 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and is tied for the team lead in RBI with sophomore Patrick McColl (16). The classmates are the only two Ivy League hitters to reach base in at least 50 percent of their plate appearances. Harvard has hit 10 home runs this season, led by three from senior Matt Hink.
  • Through four starts, junior Ian Miller leads the Crimson with a 2.95 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 31 innings. He ranks second nationally in complete games. Sophomore Kevin Stone leads the team with three victories, while junior Noah Zavolas and sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson have two each.

Leading the Ivies
After 18 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.426/.508/.741), as well as runs scored per game. Junior Ian Miller leads the conference, and is second in the nation, with three complete games. He also has the third-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight.

As a team, Harvard leads the league in a plethora of categories: wins, doubles, hit by pitch, stolen bases and triples.

Projected Pitching Matchups*
Saturday vs. Columbia- Ian Miller (1-2, 2.90 ERA) vs. Josh Simpson (1-0, 2.91 ERA)
Saturday vs. Columbia- Noah Zavolas (2-2, 3.81 ERA) vs. Ethan Abrams (0-3, 5.30 ERA)
Sunday vs. Penn- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (2-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Adam Bleday (1-2, 3.80 ERA)
Sunday vs. Penn- Kevin Stone (3-1, 5.75 ERA) vs. Gabe Kleiman (1-0, 5.84 ERA)

*Subject to change 

Player of the Week
Following an explosive weekend at the plate, sophomore outfielder Patrick Robinson was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for March 20-26. Robinson posted four multi-hit games against Army West Point, batting .588 with at least one RBI in each of the contests. He recorded five extra-base hits with nine RBI in the series, while also scoring seven runs himself.

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 Columbia
The Lions are 3-13 on the season, and will be hosting the Crimson in its first two home outings of the season. Randell Kanemaru leads the attack with a .373 average, three homers and 13 RBI, while three other hitters boast averages over .300. Ty Wiest and Josh Simpson boast 2.65 and 2.91 ERAs, respectively, while Simpson and Ethan Abrams hold the team lead in strikeouts, with 14. 

Harvard leads the all-time series with Columbia, 86-62-1, including a series split in 2016.

Scouting Penn
The Quakers are 9-9 on the season, including a 5-0 mark at home. Sean Phelan leads the Penn offense with a .369 average, while Tim Graul has driven home a team-best 15 RBI. On the hill, Mike Reitcheck and Jake Cousins sport 1.15 and 1.75 ERAs, respectively, while Adam Bleday has fanned 30 hitters.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Penn, 115-70-1, including a series split in 2016.

Stay CLASSy, Cambridge
Excelling in all facets of the student-athlete experience, senior catcher Josh Ellis has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Ellis has been a productive hitter at the plate and an excellent manager from the catcher position, while also succeeding in the classroom. He works extensively with the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation, which funds and operates a medical clinic in the Port Au Prince suburb of Saint Rock.

Touch 'Em All
Jump-starting the offense, Harvard has 10 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 and Patrick McColl have launched two over the wall, while sophomore Trent Bryan added his first jack of the season against Jacksonville. Junior Austin Black and freshman Jake Suddleson have also connected on bombs, their first-career shots.

John Fallon led the Crimson with five long balls last season, while sophomore Ben Skinner and Bryan also teed off.

In the Northeast
Harvard baseball was slotted fourth in the opening New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll of the season:


Dartmouth (7)
Connecticut (5)
UMass Lowell
Rhode Island



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.

Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through 18 games?




Home Runs
Stolen Bases
ERA (Min. 10 IP)   

Patrick Robinson
Patrick Robinson 
Matt Hink
Robinson, McColl
Ben Skinner
Kevin Stone
Ian Miller
Shaw, Rupp
Ian Miller


At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 66-115 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.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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 hosts Massachusetts in the first round of the 2017 Beanpot on Wednesday, April 5 at O'Donnell Field. The home opener, first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.