Baseball Hosts Penn and Columbia This Weekend
Harvard opens its 2010 Ivy League home schedule this weekend as the Crimson takes on the Penn Quakers and Columbia Lions at O’Donnell Field.
Both day’s doubleheaders begin at noon with the first game being a seven-inning contest and the second slated for nine innings, per Ivy rules.
Saturday will be Friends of Jaclyn Day at
O'Donnell Field. Read more about it here.
All Harvard home baseball games will feature live game statistics, weather permitting. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.
In the first weekend of Ivy League play, Harvard kept pace with defending league champion Dartmouth by splitting doubleheaders at Princeton and Cornell. The Crimson received some impressive pitching performances during the weekend and a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Offensively, Harvard got on track with a team batting average of .305 thanks to some monster efforts from Sean O’Hara (.538, three sacrifices), Tyler Albright (.400) and Kyle Larrow (.467, 8 RBI), the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
Larrow went 3-for-5 with five RBI in the first game at Cornell, hitting his first career homer and adding an RBI triple. Larrow and O’Hara played prominent roles in Harvard’s 4-2 win at Princeton as O’Hara had a two-run double and a pair of important sac bunts while Larrow drove home the game-winning run with a double and an insurance run with a suicide squeeze.
For the season, Jeff Reynolds leads the team
with a .312 batting average while O’Hara (.284) and Larrow
(.308) follow close behind. Dan Zailskas has also had a fine early
season with a .276 average.
Penn is tied with Columbia at 3-1 in the league after sweeping Yale and splitting with Brown last weekend. The team has already played 13 of its games at home and is just 3-7 on the road.
Dan Williams (.442, 12 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, .519 OBP) leads the team in most offensive categories while Tom Grandieri (.350, 4 HR, 21 RBI), William Gordon (.310, 10 2B) and Will Davis (.297, 5 HR, 19 RBI) provide the power to a lineup with six hitter above the .300 mark.
On the mound, Penn will likely throw Chris McNulty (2-1, 3.99) and Vince Voiro (1-1, 4.01). Both pitchers allow roughly one hit per inning while McNulty has walked just six batters in 29.1 innings. Reid Terry has already been called on 13 time out of the bullpen and sports a 4-1 record and has not had an earned run credited against him with six unearned runs in 16.1 innings.
Columbia also swept Yale and split with Brown last weekend and has won nine of its last 10 following a 12-11 win over Rutgers on Wednesday.
Jon Eison (.388, 5 SB) and Alex Aurrichio (.380, 7 HR, 22 RBI) leads the team offensively while Nick Crucet (.293) has already stolen 12 bases in 13 attempts.
The Lions will likely go to Dan Bracey (2-2, 4.26) and Stefan Olson (0-0, 6.20) on Sunday.
Bracey shutout Brown last weekend, 7-0, behind a four-hitter in which he struck out six and did not walk a batter. Olson had more trouble, issuing six walks in 4.2 innings as he yielded four runs in a no-decision. Olson is the only CU starter with control problems this season, having walked 14 in 24.2 innings.
Out of the bullpen, Derek Squires (1-0, 2.00) has been the most effective with seven appearances in which he has struck out eight batters while allowing nine hits in 10.0 innings.