| Harvard vs. Boston College
April 11, 2017
Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field
Harvard trails, 50-59-3
L, 11-9 (8) (April 12, 2016)
Ellis hit .667 over the weekend for the Crimson (Nick Pacino).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking a brief break from Ivy League action, Harvard baseball will take on Boston College in a preview of the Beanpot Championship on Tuesday, April 11 at Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Top of the First
- Harvard (12-15, 1-7 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 30 hits, including 14 for extra bases, while sophomore Patrick McColl holds the team lead with 20 RBI. The classmates rank in the top-six in the Ancient Eight in on-base and slugging percentage, while Robinson is one of two Ivy hitters to carry an OPS over 1.000. Harvard has hit 12 home runs this season, led by three from senior Matt Hink.
- Through five starts, junior Ian Miller leads the Crimson with a 3.56 ERA, while limiting opposing batters to a .219 average. He also paces the country in complete games, tossing four. Sophomore Kevin Stone has a team-best three victories, while sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson has fanned 33 batters, ranking fifth in the conference.
Leading the Ivies
After 27 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in slugging percentage, and ranks in the top-three in batting average and on-base percentage (.385/.467/.641). Junior Ian Miller bests the conference and the nation with four complete games. He also has the third-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight (1.05) 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 24 AB).
As a team, Harvard leads the league in a plethora of categories: doubles, triples, hit by pitches, runners caught stealing and stolen bases.
Projected Pitching Matchup*
Tuesday vs. Boston College- Grant Stone (2-2, 6.14 ERA) vs. Jack Nelson (3-0, 1.64 ERA)
*Subject to change
Last Time Out
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On a Streak
Freshman Quinn Hoffman carries an eight-game hitting streak into the matchup, posting three extra-base tallies over the stretch. The eight-game stretch is the best for any Harvard hitter this season, while sophomore Patrick McColl put together a 13 game reached-base streak earlier this season.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College is 9-20 on the season, including a 1-14 mark in ACC action. Jake Alu leads the Eagles' offense with a .300 average, while Gian Martellini has contributed two home runs and 16 RBI. On the mound, Jacob Stevens has fanned a season-high 41 batters, while Jack Nelson has posted a 1.64 ERA through 22 innings.
Harvard trails the all-time series with Boston College, 50-59-3.
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.
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.
Suter has pitched in three games this season for the Brewers.
Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through 27 games?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 68-122 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 hosts Yale to open Red Rolfe division play April 15-16. The doubleheaders will start at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.