Harvard at Davidson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team is set to complete its spring break swing with six-straight games through the end of this week. The Crimson will begin with single games against Davidson and South Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday before taking on Furman for a four-game series. Last weekend, the team earned four consecutive victories to improve its record to 6-6.
Last Time Out
The Harvard baseball team closed out day two at Presbyterian with two more wins, bringing its overall record to an even 6-6. The Crimson is now on a four-game win streak after 7-5 and 10-5 decisions on March 10 at the PC Baseball Complex.
On day two, Jake Allen, Chad Minato and Ben Skinner all batted .400, connecting on two of five attempts each. Four different players tallied multiple RBI while an additional five notched one each. Harvard also combined for a .985 fielding percentage over the two-game spread.
The pitching staff combined for 10 strikeouts, led by Simon Rosenblum-Larson, who tossed seven batters in seven innings pitched.
Harvard is currently on a four-game winning streak and will head into the next six games off of 48 hours rest after game four at Presbyterian was moved due to weather. Having settled into its South Carolina stay, the Crimson are set to play six games straight. The Crimson is no stranger to lengthy games, with four if its first 12 games going to extra innings, 10 of the 12 being doubleheaders and seven lasting longer than three hours.
The Wildcats are currently boasting a 9-5 overall record, having gone 8-4 on home turf. As a team, Davidson is batting .271 with Eric Jones leading the way with a .348 average. The Wildcats' pitcher Josh Hudson has seen action in 17.1 innings during the 2018 campaign, throwing 12 strikeouts while giving up 21 hits and 10 runs.
Scouting South Carolina
South Carolina also has a winning record, at 11-5 and 11-3 at home. LT Tolbert leads the Gamecocks with a .393 batting average while the team as a whole is posting a .279 average. Wednesday's pitcher Logan Chapman has thrown just 12.1 innings this season and has allowed 12 hits and five runs in his time on the mound.
Furman heads into the weekend 9-6 overall with a 7-2 record at Fluor Field. Furman handedly beat Ivy foe Penn earlier this month, led by three batters averaging over .300. The team has combined for 31 extra base hits along with 10 homers so far.
Tuesday at Davidson – Kieran Shaw (1-2, 10.45 ERA) vs. Josh Hudson (1-1, 4.67 ERA)
Wednesday at South Carolina – Hunter Bigge (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Logan Chapman (1-0, 2.92 ERA)
Thursday-Friday at Furman – TBD
Top of the Ladder
After four big wins against Presbyterian, see who leads the team in the following statistical categories:
Harvard currently ranks first in the Ivy League with a 6-6 overall record and is the only team with an even or winning record to date this season. The next best record is Brown at 3-5. The Crimson leads the Ivies with 64 runs scored and 58 RBI while it ranks second in total hits (95) and extra base hits (16).
From the bullpen, Kevin Stone is tied for the top pitcher in the league with two wins to his name along with Jack Hartman of Penn and Kumar Nambiar from Yale. Simon Rosenblum-Larson is sitting second in the league with 24 strikeouts and ranks sixth among pitchers who have thrown 10 or more innings with a 3.32 ERA. Rosenblum-Larson has pitched 19 innings to date.
In the first release of the 2018 baseball RPI Rankings, Harvard baseball weighs in at 173 with a 6-6 overall record, up from 247 at the end of last season. Columbia currently tops the Ivy League at 88 with a 3-9 record having played USF, UTSA and UNLV. Davidson rolls into the first ranking at 259 with a 9-5 record while South Carolina is holding down slot 117 with an 11-5 record. Furman is slotted 162 with a 9-6 mark.
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Harvard will open Ivy League play next weekend at Princeton, March 24-25. Games are scheduled for a Saturday doubleheader at 11:30am and Sunday at 1 p.m. The games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.