| Harvard vs. Cornell
April 8, 2017
12 p.m. (DH)
Ivy League Digital Network
Andy Towne, Tim Culverhouse
Harvard leads, 105-51
L, 6-4 (April 2, 2016)
| Harvard vs. Princeton
April 9, 2017
12 p.m. (DH)
ESPN3 | Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 143-123-25
L, 14-5 (April 3, 2016)
Harvard is in search of its first Ivy victory in 2017 (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its home Ivy slate with a pair of doubleheaders, Harvard will host Cornell and Princeton April 8-9 at O'Donnell Field. Both twin bills will open at noon, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Princeton series can also be found on ESPN3.
Top of the First
- Harvard (11-12, 0-4 Ivy) advanced to its first Beanpot final since 2014, toppling Massachusetts 7-3 in the Crimson's home opener. The squad will take on Boston College in the championship at Fenway Park on April 19.
- Sophomore Patrick Robinson leads the team with 26 hits, including 12 for extra bases, while sophomore Patrick McColl holds the team lead with 18 RBI. The classmates rank in the top five in the Ancient Eight in on-base and slugging percentage, and are two of three hitters with an OPS over 1.000. Harvard has hit 10 home runs this season, led by three from senior Matt Hink.
- Through four starts, junior Ian Miller leads the Crimson with a 2.92 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 37 innings. He leads the country in complete games, tossing four. Sophomore Kevin Stone leads the team with three victories, while junior Noah Zavolas, sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson and freshman Grant Stone have two each.
Leading the Ivies
After 23 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average and slugging percentage, and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.406/.486/.688). Junior Ian Miller leads the conference and the nation with four complete games. He also has the third-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight (0.95) while tossing the second-most innings. Trent Bryan has paced the conference with three triples (3), while Josh Ellis has been the toughest to strike out (1 per 39 AB).
As a team, Harvard leads the league in a plethora of categories: triples, hit by pitches, runners caught stealing and stolen bases.
Last Time Out
Projected Pitching Matchups*
Saturday vs. Cornell- Ian Miller (1-3, 2.92 ERA) vs. Tom Willites (2-1, 4.76 ERA)
Saturday vs. Cornell- Noah Zavolas (2-3, 4.32 ERA) vs. Justin Lewis (0-1, 5.14 ERA)
Saturday vs. Princeton- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs. James Proctor (1-3, 3.18 ERA)
Saturday vs. Princeton- Kevin Stone (3-1, 5.81 ERA) vs. Ben Gross (2-2, 1.53 ERA)
*Subject to Change
Player of the Week
Following an explosive weekend at the plate, sophomore outfielder Patrick Robinson was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for March 20-26. Robinson posted four multi-hit games against Army West Point, batting .588 with at least one RBI in each of the contests. He recorded five extra-base hits with nine RBI in the series, while also scoring seven runs himself.
Rookie of the Week
After a highly-productive start to his Harvard baseball career, freshman Quinn Hoffman was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Feb. 27-March 5. Hoffman hit in the leadoff spot for the Crimson at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge, posting a .316 average at the plate and scoring four runs to go with two RBI and two stolen bases.
Cornell is 11-9 on the season, including a 1-3 mark in Ivy League play. Ryan Krainz leads the Big Red offense with a .382 average, while Cole Rutherford has the team lead in home runs (4) and RBI (16). Paul Balestrieri leads the rotation with a 3-1 record and 2.05 ERA, while striking out 19.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Cornell, 105-51.
Princeton is 6-17 on the season, including a 2-2 mark to start Ivy action. David Harding leads the offense with a .328 average, while Nick Hernandez has plated a team-best 12 runners. Ben Gross leads the Tigers with a 1.53 ERA over five starts, striking out a team-high 27 hitters.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Princeton, 143-123-25.
Stay CLASSy, Cambridge
Excelling in all facets of the student-athlete experience, senior catcher Josh Ellis has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Ellis has been a productive hitter at the plate and an excellent manager from the catcher position, while also succeeding in the classroom. He works extensively with the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation, which funds and operates a medical clinic in the Port Au Prince suburb of Saint Rock.
Touch 'Em All
Jump-starting the offense, Harvard has 10 home runs to open the season. Senior Matt Hink became the 13th player in program history to tally a two home run game, and the first since 2009. Sophomores Patrick Robinson and Patrick McColl have launched two over the wall, while sophomore Trent Bryan added his first jack of the season against Jacksonville. Junior Austin Black and freshman Jake Suddleson have also connected on bombs, their first-career shots.
Welcome to the Show
Earning the call to the major leagues, former Crimson hurlers Brent Suter '12 and Frank Herrmann '06 pitched in the major leagues in 2016 for the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. Suter appeared in 14 games with two starts, going 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 15 strikeouts, while Herrmann went 1-2 over 14 games out of the bullpen with 14 punchouts. Harvard also had two pitchers, Sean Poppen and Nick Gruener, selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through 23 games?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 67-119 record through four-plus seasons. The Crimson has seen an improvement in each season under Decker, winning 17 games in 2016. Decker has mentored 15 All-Ivy selections during his tenure at Harvard.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Harvard travels to Boston College in a preview of the Beanpot Championship on Tuesday, April 11 in Chestnut Hill. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.