Jordan Haviland is one of four seniors that will be honored Sunday (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team will culminate its Ivy League slate with doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday against Dartmouth. Saturday's games will be played in Hanover, N.H., while Harvard will host the Big Green Sunday at O'Donnell Field.
Ivy League Update (Conference Page)
Harvard (10-26, 7-9 Ivy) is in need of a four-game sweep to prolong its regular season, as the Crimson enters the weekend four games back of Dartmouth (27-7, 11-5 Ivy) in the Red Rolfe Division. On the other side, Columbia (20-19, 12-4 Ivy) leads the Lou Gerhig Division by three games over Cornell (21-15, 9-7 Ivy) and Princeton (12-26, 9-7 Ivy) coming into the weekend.
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Last Time Out
Starting pitchers Tanner Anderson and Baron Davis kept Harvard close in both ends of a doubleheader at Brown Sunday afternoon, but the Crimson could not capitalize in Game 2 and came away with a split for the seventh straight time in Ivy League play. Anderson threw 10 innings to help Harvard win, 4-2, in extras in Game 1, before Brown took Game 2 by an identical score. Anderson (2-4) threw 138 pitches to get through 10 innings in Game 1, while scattering six hits, striking out five and allowing two runs, none of which were earned.
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Pitcher of the Week
Harvard sophomore Tanner Anderson was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced April 23. The Tampa, Fla., native tossed 10 innings and fanned five while allowing just six hits and two unearned runs to earn his second victory of the season against Brown April 21. It is the third weekly award won by the Crimson this season. He joins Sean Poppen, who won Pitcher of the Week March 26, and DJ Link, who garnered the Rookie of the Week nod April 9, as conference award recipients this season.
Related Link: Tanner Anderson Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week
Harvard will honor its four seniors that have contributed to the baseball program during the last four years. Matt Doyle, Greg Davey, Jordan Haviland and Robert Wineski will be recognized during a special pregame ceremony on Sunday before their last doubleheader at O'Donnell Field.
The Crimson is led by sophomore Brandon Kregel, who enters the weekend hitting .305 to lead the team. Kregel also owns a .454 slugging, which is first on the Crimson, as he has belted 12 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Classmates Tanner Anderson and Mike Martin have also been impressive at the plate, coming in with .288 and .286 averages, respectively. Anderson has a chance to win the conference's batting crown, as he is hitting .396 during Ancient Eight games, which is four points behind Princeton's Alec Keller, who sits at .400.
Related Link: Sophomores Lead Harvard Baseball (The Crimson)
On the Hill
Harvard owns a 6.38 team ERA during the 2013 campaign. Matt Sanders and Shaun Rubin have the best earned-run averages out of the bullpen, at 4.15 and 4.34, respectively. In a starting role, Sam Dodge has thrown the most innings with 43 2/3, while allowing 5.15 earned runs per game. Dodge (2-6) is one of three pitchers with multiple wins this season as Tanner Anderson (2-4) and Baron Davis (2-3), who are also regular starters, have picked up two wins apiece.
Scouting Dartmouth (Team Page | Stats)
The Big Green has produced the Ivy League's best overall record at 27-7 by hitting .310 in 2013. The mark is the highest in the league and 38 points better than second place Penn. Jeff Keller is second in the conference with a .406 overall, behind only Penn's Ryan Deitrich at .406. Keller is not the only threat in Dartmouth's lineup, as seven of the team's regular starters are batting over .300.
On the mound, Michael Johnson is a candidate for the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year award, as he is a perfect 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA. Johson has allowed 33 hits in 48 1/3 innings, while striking out 40 and walking just nine batters. The rest of the rotation includes Kyle Hunter (3-1, 1.94 ERA), Mitch Horacek (5-2, 2.37 ERA) and Cole Sulser (4-2, 2.51). Thomas Olson has acted as the Big Green's closer and comes into the weekend having thrown 13 innings without allowing a run. Olson has struck out nine, while opponents hit .191 off of him, to have a 2-0 record with six saves.
Harvard leads the storied history with Dartmouth, 127-110, since the team's first met in 1869. The Crimson won the first meeting, 38-0, on its way to three straight wins to open the series. Recently, Dartmouth has stormed back, winning nine of the last 10 games dating back to 2010. The only win for Harvard during the stretch came last season during an 8-7 decision in Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth has swept the Crimson in each of the teams' last two doubleheaders in Cambridge.
Harvard's last regular season game of the year is scheduled for April 29 in the Beanpot consolation game against Boston College. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Pete Frates #3 Fund, and are available here.