Harvard-Yale Baseball Games Moved to Friday (1 p.m.) & Sunday (noon) Due to Weather

Harvard celebrates Marcus Way's game-winning grand slam against Cornell on April 10, 2011 (Gil Talbot)
Harvard celebrates Marcus Way's game-winning grand slam against Cornell on April 10, 2011 (Gil Talbot)

The Particulars
Harvard returns home this weekend for four important Rolfe Division games at O'Donnell Field against Yale.  

The games, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will now be played on Friday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (noon). The changes were made due to expected inclement weather on Saturday in the Boston area.  If weather conditions significantly change over the next 24 hours, the schedules may change again with Sunday's games being moved to Saturday. Check GoCrimson.com for any updates. If no updates are posted, the weekend doubleheader will be played on Sunday

Last Year's Series
The teams split last year's series in New Haven, Conn. with Harvard taking the first game of each double header and Yale claiming the nightcaps.

Matt Schmidt led Yale's returning players with a .533 average (8-15) with three doubles, a homer and five RBI. Yale hit a lofty .412 during the series but much of that came in a single game, a 15-1 victory.

Harvard was led by Sean O'Hara, who batted .471 for the weekend (8-17) with three doubles, two triples and nine RBI. Tyler Albright chipped in with a .462 mark (6-13) and a .563 on-base-percentage while Sam Franklin (.400) in 11 of 17 plate appearances (.647 OBP). Marcus Way made three pitching appearances with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings with a save.  

About Harvard
Harvard enters the weekend on a high note after defeated Massachusetts in the first round of the annual Beanpot series. Danny Moskovits' one-out single up the middle in the ninth inning scored Jack Colton with the game's only run to send the Crimson into the championship game against Boston College on April 27 at Fenway Park (7 p.m.).

The Crimson received tremendous pitching as Dan Berardo (3.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K), Jonah Klees (3.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and Andrew Hatch (W, 2-0, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 K) pounded the strike zone all game and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Albright  threw out all three runners trying to steal against him.

Harvard is led by Colton's .395 batting average with the Milton, Mass. native recently being named as the Ivy's Rookie of the Week on April 18. Jeff Reynolds is batting .303 on the year While Jake McGuiggan (.261) leads the team with 12 doubles. Way has started all 36 games and has a team-high 15 extra base hits (6 homers) with 20 RBI.

On the mound, Max Perlman (2.03 ERA) has struck out 41 batters in 44.1 innings while lefty Eric Eadington has 41 strikeouts in 39.1 innings or work.

About Yale
The Bulldogs had a dominating weekend sweep of Dartmouth last weekend, allowing just three runs in the four games. The team's strength is in its pitching with Brook Hart (4-3, 2.25 ERA), Vinny Lally (4-0, 2.26, 56 K, 55.2 IP), Pat Ludwig (3-2, 3.38, 39 K, 37.1 IP) and Chris O'Hara (4-0, 2.59) providing an impressive front four.

Yale is also the Ivy's best fielding team to this point with a .970 fielding percentage on 36 errors in 33 games.

Offensively, Andy Megee leads the way with a .344 mark, 9 doubles, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases (20 att.).