Harvard Baseball Plays at Northeastern in Beanpot's First Round Wednesday
Brandon Kregel leads Harvard with 10 extra-base hits this season (photo Erik Williams).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Coming off of its best offensive performance of the season, the Harvard baseball team will take part in the annual Beanpot tournament when it travels to Northeastern Wednesday afternoon. The Crimson and Huskies will meet at 3 p.m. at NU's Friedman Diamond.
What's at Stake?
The winner of today's Beanpot games will play for the tournament's championship April 29 at Fenway Park. The Crimson or Huskies will face the winner of UMass and Boston College, which meet in Amherst, Mass., Wednesday night. The Beanpot consolation game will also be played as part of a doubleheader at Fenway April 29.
Northeastern will broadcast Wednesday's game for free. Click here to access the GoNUxstream portal.
Scouting Harvard (Stats)
Harvard's (6-21, 3-5 Ivy League) offense has been surging lately, as the Crimson has scored 10 or more runs in two of its last three games. The lineup put up 20 runs in its last outing to come from behind and beat Princeton, 20-19, in its highest scoring game since a 23-9 win over Dartmouth April 30, 2006. DJ Link led the charge with a 4-for-5 day, and currently has 13 RBI, which is tied with Brandon Kregel for the most on the squad. Kregel is hitting .296/.345/.426 this season, six points behind Mike Martin .302/.436/.444 in the team's batting title race.
On the hill, Matt Sanders (2-0) and Baron Davis (2-2) have two wins apiece and Jordan Haviland (1-0) owns two saves. Haviland has a team-best 3.55 ERA, while Sanders (4.15), Sean Poppen (4.40) and Sahun Rubin (4.91) also have an ERA less than five.
Scouting Northeastern (Team Page | Stats)
Northeastern (18-13, 7-8 CAA) took two out of three from Hofstra last weekend thanks to excellent starting pitching from Nick Berger and Kevin Ferguson. Berger went seven innings and allowed one earned run to win 4-1, before Ferguson threw 8 2/3 to take the final game of the series, 9-1. The Huskies' staff has carried Northeastern this season and is allowing 3.03 earned runs per game. Opponents are hitting just .239 against Northeastern. NU is expected to start left-hander James Mulry, who is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.
Rookie of the Week
After hitting .556 for the week, freshman DJ Link was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. Link finished the seven-day span 10-18 at the plate with a pair of doubles, five runs and five RBI to help the Crimson earn a pair of Ivy League splits against Cornell and Princeton after dropping a midweek contest to Boston College.
Related Link: DJ Link Named Ivy League Baseball Rookie of the Week
Last Time Out
The Harvard and Princeton baseball teams combined for 53 runs and split an Ivy League doubleheader at windy O'Donnell Field Sunday afternoon. Princeton took the opener, 13-1, before an offensive outburst from Harvard led the Crimson to a 20-19 win in the second game. The winds were blowing straight out to centerfield, with gusts of over 40 miles per hour, making the ball carry to all fields and turning routine popups into challenging defensive plays. The team's combined for six home runs on the day, including five from Princeton at the usually pitcher-friendly O'Donnell Field. Harvard's lineup in the second matchup featured five players with three or more hits and two more with two-hit days to aid the Crimson in scoring 20 runs for the first time since a 23-9 win over Dartmouth April 30, 2006.
Related Link: Twenty Runs in Game Two Helps Harvard Baseball to Split Against Princeton
Last Year's Beanpot
Massachusetts held off a furious late-game rally by Harvard to claim the 2012 Beanpot title with an 8-7 victory at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., on April 18, 2012. UMass left-handed starter Conor LeBlanc took a shutout into the seventh inning with 11 strikeouts and an 8-0 lead before Harvard put together three-straight hits to start the frame and chase him from the game. The Crimson eventually scored six times to make things interesting and wound up touching LeBlanc for nine hits in his six innings. In the eighth, Jeff Reynolds made it an 8-7 game with an RBI single to right and the game came down to the final pitch in the ninth. Jake McGuiggan singled to lead off the inning; with a runner at second and two outs, Ethan Ferreira sent a sinking liner to center field that Tony Serino came up with for the final out.
The Crimson advanced to the title game with a 5-2 win over BC.
Harvard hosts Yale in a four-game series April 13-14 at O'Donnell Field.