Baseball to Play Holy Cross in Midweek Matchup

Baseball to Play Holy Cross in Midweek Matchup
Last Meeting
Harvard at Holy Cross
March 28
5:05 p.m.
New England Baseball Complex
Harvard trails, 64-104
L, 11-4 (March 30, 2016)

The Harvard baseball team will take the diamond after a week and a half hiatus this coming Wednesday against Holy Cross. The game will be played at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. and live stats will be available for the game beginning at 5:05 p.m. 

Spring Break Recap
Harvard is fresh off its annual spring break trip, where it played ten games in nine days against four schools in North and South Carolina to sharpen up before Ivies. The Crimson went 5-5 overall, sweeping Presbyterian the first weekend and earning a win against Furman in the final series of the trip. Both Noah Zavolas and Simon Rosenblum-Larson tied their career highs in strikeouts, Zavolas tossing eight batters in six innings and Rosenblum-Larson fanning 11 in seven innings. Rosenblum-Larson ended the week with a 0.64 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. The junior allowed just seven hits, three runs and two walks in the span. 

Jake Allen and Buddy Mrowka registered .400 batting averages, Allen connecting on eight of 20 at bats while Mrowka went four-for-10. Mrowka led the squad with a .700 slugging percentage in six games. Patrick McColl posted 13 RBI in nine games and three extra base hits. Matt Rothenberg (3 HR), Austin Black (2B, 2 HR) and Ben Skinner (2 2B, HR) also posted three extra base hits. 

Ivy League Accolades
Junior right-handed pitcher Simon Rosenblum-Larson and freshman infielder Buddy Mrowka were named Ivy League Pitcher and Rookie of the Week respectively, as announced by the conference on Monday, March 19. This was the first career honor for both Rosenblum-Larson and Mrowka, and Harvard's third and fourth this season. The Crimson has now garnered recognition in three of five Ivy weekly honor releases, one of which the Crimson did not play. 

Simon Rosenblum-Larson pitched all seven innings and earned his first win of the season in Harvard's 6-2 victory at Furman on March 16. The Madison, Wis. native fanned a career high 11 batters, while only allowing three hits and one walk over 26 batters. Rosenblum-Larson continues to pitch at a 12.12 K/9 clip, with 26 innings and 35 strikeouts under his belt during the 2018 season.    

Buddy Mrowka made an appearance in four of six games at the tail end of spring break, ranking second on the team with a .375 batting average and .750 slugging percentage. Mrowka went three-for-eight at the plate, totaling three RBI including his first career home run. The Duxbury, Mass. native now ranks third on the roster with a .308 season batting average and leads the team with a .538 slugging percentage. 

Scouting Harvard
Harvard has gotten off to a slower start, along with playing all 18 of its games on the road. The team stands at 7-11 heading into the non-conference game with Holy Cross. The Crimson gained momentum with four straight wins against Presbyterian at the start of spring break, but struggled against Davidson, South Carolina and Furman. Harvard has posted 35 extra base hits this season, including 13 home runs, led by Ben Skinner, Matt Rothenberg and Patrick McColl, each with five. Jake Allen leads the team in batting average, posting a .370 off of 10 hits in 27 at bats. Patrick McColl tops the roster in RBI with 17, after notching 13 in his last nine games. 

From the pitching mound, Simon Rosenblum-Larson has recorded a 2.77 ERA in four appearances and has totaled 35 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched. Kevin Stone leads the team with two wins, while Hunter Bigge has recorded two saves to date. 

Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders are off to a similar start as the Crimson, posting a 7-10 record to date. Holy Cross has also spent all of its time on the road, with Wednesday having been its first scheduled home contest before being moved a few towns over to New England Baseball Complex. Austin Masel leads the Crusaders with a .344 batting average on 21 hits this season. Masel ranks second with 11 RBI while Cam O'Neill tops the roster with 15 RBI on 16 hits, six of which have been for extra bases. From the pitching mound, Pat McGowan is posting a 2.25 ERA having allowed just seven earned runs in 28 innings pitched. McGowan has also totaled 24 strikeouts. 

Follow the Leader
Who tops the team statistically? Take a look at the team leaders in the following categories

Home Runs
Stolen Bases
Jake Allen
Ben Skinner
Matt Rothenberg
Patrick McColl
Ben Skinner
Kevin Stone
Simon Rosenblum-Larson
Hunter Bigge
Simon Rosenblum-Larson

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What's Next?
Harvard will open Ivy League action this weekend at Columbia. A doubleheader matchup is set for Saturday, March 31 at 11:30am and a single game will be played Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.