|Harvard at Columbia
March 31-April 1
11:30 a.m. (DH) | 1 p.m.
Robertson Field at Satow Stadium
Saturday GM1 | Saturday GM2 | Sunday
Ivy League Network
Harvard leads, 86-64-1
L, 5-1 (April 1, 2017)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team is set to open Ivy League action this coming weekend at Columbia. The Crimson will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. and will follow up with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both days' contests will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard baseball team powered past Holy Cross 10-2 on Wednesday night at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. After more than a week off form competition, Patrick McColl and Jake Suddleson combined for six of the Crimson's nine RBI with McColl hitting .500 at the plate.
Grant Stone earned his first win of the season at the pitchers' mound, tossing two batters in two innings pitched while allowing just a single hit. Six other members of the bullpen had time to throw tonight, combining for nine strikeouts while allowing just six hits from the Crusaders.
Heading into the first weekend of Ivy play, Harvard sits fifth in the league, behind Brown, Columbia, Penn and Yale, with The Crimson, Big Green, Big Red and Tigers having yet to play a conference matchup. Through 19 non-conference games, Harvard leads the league with 14 home runs and ranks fourth with 40 extra base hits. On defense, Harvard is slotted third in the Ivy League with a .969 fielding percentage.
Individually, Jake Allen slides in at seventh overall with a .367 batting average while Patrick McColl leads the conference with 20 RBI. Ben Skinner has stolen seven bases this season, more than any other player to date in the league. Simon Rosenblum-Larson leads all Ivy League players with 35 strikeouts and ranks tied for second with a 2.77 ERA counting those pitchers that have thrown 15 innings or more. Kevin Stone is one of just three players in the league to earn two or more wins this season, having gotten the W in game three against New Mexico State and Presbyterian.
The Crimson will have momentum on its side, rolling into New York off a 10-2 beat down of Holy Cross on Wednesday night. Despite a record of 8-11 heading into the Ivy opener, Harvard has put up 152 hits, 40 of them for extra bases, 14 home runs, 91 RBI and 222 total bases. The pitching staff has tossed a combined 135 batters in 156.2 innings for a 7.53 ERA while holding opponents to a .316 batting average.
This weekend, the Lions will close out an eight-game home stand after hosting Yale and Manhattan in the past seven days. Columbia earned two wins out of three games against the Bulldogs and dropped an 8-7 decision to Manhattan on Wednesday to post a 5-17 overall record heading into the Harvard series. Columbia is tied with Brown for first in the Ivy League with 2-1 records to date.
The Lions currently lead the league in hits with 187 but the pitching staff is posting the second highest ERA of the eight Ivies at 7.50. Columbia's Randall Kanemaru ranks fourth in the conference with a .379 batting average and leads the conference with 33 hits so far this season. Randall Kanemaru was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week following Columbia's conference opener against Yale.
From the bullpen, Harrisen Egly is registering the lowest ERA on the team at 5.02 and Ben Wereski has tallied 16 strikeouts to top the Lions' roster.
Saturday, March 31 | GM1 – Noah Zavolas (1-1, 4.32 ERA) vs. Ty Weist (1-2, 7.54 ERA)
Saturday, March 31 | GM2 – Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. Ben Wereski (0-2, 7.40 ERA)
Sunday, April 1 – Kevin Stone (2-2, 6.00 ERA) vs. Harrisen Egly (0-3, 5.01 ERA)
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The Crimson will return to action to open the 2018 Baseball Beanpot on Tuesday, April 3. Harvard will host Boston College at O'Donnell Field at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.