| Harvard vs. Boston College
April 19, 2017
Ivy League Digital Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
18-33-1, 4 Titles
Harvard trails, 50-60-3
L, 8-5 (April 11, 2017)
Harvard has captured four Beanpots in program history (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a 7-3 victory over Massachusetts in the first round of the 2017 Beanpot, Harvard baseball will compete for its fifth Beanpot championship April 19 at 6 p.m. against Boston College. Tickets are $10, available here, and the game will be broadcast for free on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Top of the First
- Harvard's (13-19, 2-10 Ivy) bats came alive in its most-recent series against Yale, connecting for 12 home runs over four games. Sophomore Patrick Robinson tallied four jacks in the series, while senior Josh Ellis contributed three. Sophomore Patrick McColl and junior John Fallon launched two apiece.
- Robinson leads the team with 37 hits, including 19 for extra bases, which paces the Ivy League. Robinson and McColl hold the team lead with 28 RBI, while eight batters have at least 10. Harvard has hit 25 home runs this season, led by seven from Robinson.
- Through seven starts, sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson leads the Crimson with a 4.95 ERA, while junior Ian Miller limits opposing batters to a .250 average. Miller ranks second nationally in complete games, tossing four. Sophomore Kevin Stone has a team-best four victories, while Rosenblum-Larson has fanned a team-high 37 batters, ranking fifth in the conference.
In the Beanpot
Harvard is in search of its fifth Beanpot championship, with the last coming in 2014 with a 3-0 win over Massachusetts at Friedman Diamond. Harvard last played for the Beanpot championship at Fenway in 2011, also against Boston College. The Crimson's other tournament titles came in 1991, 1998 and 2005. Harvard is 18-33-1 all-time in the Beanpot.
Should Harvard win, it would be the Crimson's fourth Beanpot title of the season, joining men's ice hockey and men's and women's fencing.
Leading the Ivies
After 32 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average and slugging percentage, while tallying the second-best on-base percentage (.411/.485/.800). His slugging percentage ranks sixth nationally, while his average sits in 10th. His 1.285 OPS leads the Ivy League by a significant margin, and he joins Patrick McColl as two of three Ancient Eight hitters with an OPS over 1.000.
Projected Pitching Matchup*
Wednesday vs. Boston College- Garrett Rupp (0-0, 7.23 ERA) vs. Dan Metzdorf (1-5, 5.20 ERA)
*Subject to change
Last Time Out
Recap: Baseball vs. Yale
Apr 15, 2017
Recap: Baseball vs. Yale, Day Two
Apr 16, 2017
On a Streak
Freshman Quinn Hoffman carries a 13-game hitting streak into the matchup, posting five extra-base tallies over the stretch. The 13-game stretch is the best for any Harvard hitter this season, while sophomore Patrick McColl put together a 13-game reached-base streak earlier this season. The streak is the longest for a Harvard hitter since 2015, when Ethan Ferreira '15 and Mike Martin '15 posted streaks of 21 (tied for program record) and 19 games, respectively.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College is 12-21 on the season, including a 3-15 mark in ACC action. Donovan Casey leads the Eagles' offense with a .317 average, while Gian Martellini has contributed three home runs and 23 RBI. On the mound, Jacob Stevens has fanned a season-high 44 batters, while Jack Nelson has posted a 1.67 ERA through 27 innings.
Harvard trails the all-time series with Boston College, 50-60-3, including an 8-5 loss April 11. The Crimson is 4-13-1 against Boston College all-time in the Beanpot.
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.
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 25 home runs to open the season. Senior Matt Hink became the 13th player in program history to tally a two-home run game against Lafayette March 5, and the first since 2009, while senior Josh Ellis and sophomore Patrick Robinson followed suit with two homers each April 15 vs. Yale. Ellis and Robinson became just the second set of teammates in program history to have multi-home run outings in the same game, joining Zak Farkes '06 and Schuyler Mann '05, who each homered twice vs. Air Force on March 6, 2004.
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.
Suter has pitched in three games this season for the Brewers.
Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through 32 games?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 69-125 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
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Harvard hits the road to take on Brown April 22-23 in Providence. The first doubleheader will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.