Brandon Kregel leads the team with eight extra-base hits (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team steps out of conference play to make the short trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Boston College Wednesday afternoon. It will be the 108th meeting since the teams first met in 1900.
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The Crimson (4-18, 1-3 Ivy League) has won four games this season under first-year head coach Bill Decker. Harvard is hitting .237 as a team and owns a .321 on-base percentage and .277 slugging percentage. Sophomore Mike Martin leads the team with a .347 average and has also contributed six doubles, which is tied for the team's lead along with classmate Brandon Kregel. Freshman DJ Link paces the team with eight RBI. The pitching staff has a 6.23 team ERA and is led by freshman Matt Sanders, who is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA this season. Sophomore Matt Timoney has struck out 12 batters, the most of any Crimson hurler.
Last Time Out
Harvard split its doubleheader with Penn over the weekend, dropping the opener before winning the second contest, which was suspended in the eighth inning Sunday, Monday aftertoon at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Crimson fell in the first contest, 4-1, Sunday before taking the suspended contest, 6-3, Monday afternoon. Harvard used a pair of three-run innings to top the Quakers in the second contest to earn its first conference victory of the season. Mike Martin led the offensive charge for the Crimson with three hits, including two doubles and two runs, while Tanner Anderson had a double, single and three RBI. Rob Wineski chipped in a pair of singles, while Klug and Brandon Kregel both scored two runs.
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Scouting Boston College (Team Page | Stats)
The Eagles (3-23, 0-11 ACC) were on a 15-game losing streak before traveling to Connecticut Tuesday afternoon. Boston College is hitting .202 as a team, with Tom Bourdon (.248/.264/.305) and John Hennessy (.243/.329/.357) being the only Eagles over .226. Chris Shaw (.138/.208/.230) leads the team in RBI with eight and home runs with two, while Gabriel Hernandez (.200/.294/.200) owns five of the team's 12 steals. On the hill, BC boasts a 7.17 team ERA and .325 batting-average against. Hunter Gordon has the best ERA, at 4.24 and has thrown 17 innings during seven appearances and two starts. Andrew Chin (1-6, 5.52 ERA), Eric Stevens (0-6, 5.58 ERA) and John Gorman (1-3, 8.49 ERA) have all started five or more games. Left hander Austin Solecitto, who is 0-2 with a 19.50 ERA in five appearances, is projected to start for Boston College on Wednesday.
Harvard trails the all-time series against Boston College, 55-49-3. The Crimson had built a 47-40-3 advantage in the series but dropped 15 consecutive outings from 1999 until last season. In 2012, Harvard topped BC on two occasions, 5-3 on April 4 and 5-2 on April 10 in the Beanpot's first round.
Harvard hosts Cornell Saturday and Princeton Sunday in a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders. Each pair starts at noon at O'Donnell Field.