|Harvard vs. Northeastern
April 11, 2018
Harvard leads, 67-45-1
L, 3-2 (April 6, 2016)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Due to incoming weather, the baseball Beanpot Championship between Harvard and Northeastern has been postponed to Wednesday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. The game will take place at Northeastern's Friedman Diamond in Brookline.
Top of the First
- Harvard advances to its 12th Beanpot title game after a 7-4 defeat of the Eagles last Wednesday in Brighton.
- The last time Harvard and Northeastern went to battle in the title game was 2005, the Crimson won its third program title with a 7-3 defeat of the Huskies.
- Harvard's last Beanpot title came in 2014 when the Crimson notched a narrow 6-5 victory over Boston College in the semifinals and shutout Massachusetts 3-0 in the title match.
- Harvard ranks second in the Ivy League with a .354 on-base percentage. Dartmouth leads the league with a .355 mark.
- Harvard leads the conference with 24 double plays.
- Ben Skinner ranks fourth in the Ivy League with a .343 batting average.
- Simon Rosenblum-Larson sits in the top-5 of the Ivy League, among pitchers that have thrown 15 innings or more, with a 3.11 ERA through 37.2 innings.
Last Time Out
The Harvard baseball team was setback 6-5 on Sunday afternoon in game three of its series with Penn. The Crimson scored the opening two runs, and took back a one run lead in the fourth, but the Quakers rallied for two runs in the eighth to prevent the series sweep.
Ben Skinner continued his solid performance at the plate this season, going four-for-five on Sunday while also adding a run and stolen base to the Crimson effort. Patrick McColl tallied his second home run of the season, putting the Crimson on the board with two RBI in the first. Freshman Tommy Seidl also contributed two of three RBI in the fourth for Harvard.
Buddy Hayward started on the mound for Harvard, throwing five strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched before Grant Stone made a brief appearance and Hunter Bigge finished off the final 4.2 innings. Bigge demolished his career high in strikeouts, posting eight on Sunday through 22 batters and allowing just one walk and two runs.
Harvard has been slowly picking up momentum over the past few weeks, picking up its first win at Columbia in 11 years, defeating ACC contender Boston College for a spot in the Beanpot Championship and securing the season series against Penn with back to back wins last Saturday. The Crimson has gone 5-3 since spring break to improve its overall record to 12-14 with an even 3-3 conference record.
Through 26 games, Ben Skinner leads the Crimson with a .343 batting average, having totaled 35 hits, eight for extra bases. The center-fielder has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and has managed to steal nine bases during the 2018 season. First baseman Patrick McColl leads the Crimson offensively with 28 RBI and defensively with 194 put outs. From the pitching mound, after a career high eight strikeouts through four innings on Sunday, Hunter Bigge now leads the pack with a 2.60 ERA while Simon Rosenblum-Larson retains his lead with 46 strikeouts. Freshman Buddy Hayward is slowly but surely climbing the pitching ranks, having totaled 25 innings, good for fourth most on the team. The 6-6 rookie has tossed 28 batters while only allowing six walks with a 5.76 ERA.
Harvard will face one of its toughest competitors this season so far in Northeastern, which was ranked second in the Northeast in the most recent NEIBA poll. The Huskies roll into the Beanpot title game 18-10 overall and 5-1 in CAA conference play. After storming back from a 7-2 deficit to beat Massachusetts in the Beanpot semifinal, Northeastern put up three convincing wins to sweep its series with Elon over the weekend.
Charlie McConnell leads the Red and Black with a .370 batting average with 44 hits, 12 of them for extra bases. Jake Farrell has also made an impact on offense, posting a .339 batting average with a team-high 26 RBI. On the hill, Sean Mellen has a dominating 7-1 record, registering a .209 ERA with 50 strikeouts and holding opposing batters to a .197 average. Mellen has carried the majority of the workload with 47.1 innings, while Tyler Brown and Brian Christian have thrown 37.1 and 33.0 innings respectively.
Northeastern has claimed the Beanpot title six times in program history, most recently in 2013. The Huskies are 6-7 overall in title games and 9-5 against Harvard in all games. The Red and Black last made an appearance in the championship game in 2016, but fell to Boston College 8-2.
Follow the Leader
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Next up, Harvard will head to reigning Ivy champion Yale for a three-game series this weekend. The Crimson will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and will return to the diamond for a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.