Matt Doyle threw 5.2 innings of scoreless ball against Bucknell (Jacquie Labatt).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After opening the season last weekend in Virginia, the Harvard baseball team continues its early season southern swing with a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for four games at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Harvard will face Ohio State, Coastal Carolina and Ball State in the three-day event.
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Bill Decker comes to Harvard from Trinity (Conn.), where he went 529-231 (.696) during the last 22 seasons. A four-time New England Coach of the Year, Decker was one of the most decorated head coaches in the Division III ranks. His best season came in 2008, when he led Trinity to an undefeated regular season en route to a 45-1 record and the Division III national title. Decker was named the 2008 ABCA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bantams to a Division III record 44 straight wins. He takes over the Crimson from the late Joe Walsh, who tragically passed away after the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Decker guided the Crimson to a win in the season debut, a 2-1 triumph in 10 innings against Bucknell.
Last Time Out
The Crimson went 1-3 in its season opening weekend, splitting two games with Bucknell and dropping a pair to Virginia. Harvard opened the weekend with a 2-1 win over Bucknell in extra innings. Senior co-captain Robert Wineski sent an 0-2 pitch back up the middle to plate the winning run and give Harvard a win in Bill Decker's Harvard coaching debut. In its second game on Friday, the Crimson suffered a 3-0 setback at the hands of the No. 19 Cavaliers. Harvard jumped out to an early lead against UVA in the second meeting between the two schools; however, a seven-run fifth inning kept the hosts undefeated with an 11-5 win. The fifth inning plagued Harvard again in the weekend finale against the Bison, as Bucknell scored six of its seven runs in the frame to win, 7-4.
For the Win-eski
Senior co-captain Robert Wineski's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Harvard past Bucknell, 2-1, in a walk-off win. The Crimson had one walk-off victory in 2012, defeating Brown, 6-5, on Marcus Way's solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning April 21, 2012.
Freshman D.J. Link got off to a scintillating start to his collegiate career. He finished the weekend with 7-17 with three RBI. Carlton Bailey also picked up seven hits, all singles, and scored two runs and drove in one. Brandon Kregel picked up four of the Crimson's six extra-base hits on the weekend, finishing with three doubles and a triple, and had two RBI and three runs scored, including the game-winner against Bucknell.
Harvard held leads in three of its four games during opening weekend. The Crimson took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning in its game against Bucknell before taking a 3-0 lead on Virginia after the first inning and half against the Cavaliers in their second meeting. The Crimson also held a 4-0 advantage in the finale against the Bison before dropping a 7-4 decision.
Multihit Game Streaks
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Scouting Coastal Carolina (Team Page)
After winning three of its first four games, the Chanticleers have struggled of late, dropping five of their six contests. A mixture of offensive woes and defensive struggles have characterized the recent skid. As a team, Coastal Carolina is hitting just .207 with Colin Hering the only player with a batting average above .300 (.306). Will Remillard tops the team in RBI with eight, while Ted Blackman boasts a .472 on-base percentage despite hitting .208 at the dish. On the defensive side, the Chanticleers are averaging two errors per game and have allowed a total of 21 unearned runs, which accounts for 36.8 percent of the runs they've allowed. Tyler Herb paces the team with a pair of victories and a 4.76 ERA in three starts, and Ben Smith has an 0-1 mark with a 2.70 ERA in three starts. Ryan Connolly has been solid out of the pen, striking out 13 in 11.1 innings with a 2.38 ERA.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs.
Ohio State (Team Page)
The Buckeyes opened the season with 10 games in Florida over the course of three weekends and went 6-4 during the span. OSU is batting a collective .289 with an average of 6.4 runs per game and 30 extra-base hits, including 23 doubles. Joe Ciamacco tops the team with a .435 batting average, and Aaron Gretz is hitting .400 with a .514 on-base percentage, 6 RBI and four doubles. It has been a balanced offensive attack for the Buckeyes, with three players tied for the team lead at 8 RBI and another two with six. Ohio State has made a habit of getting to teams late in ball games, as just over half of the Buckeyes runs (33/64) have come in the sixth inning or later. On the mound, Brad Goldberg has been a dominant starter, posting a 2-0 mark with a .47 ERA in three starts. He has fanned 22 in those innings and opponents are batting just .119 against him. Trace Dempsey (0-0, 1.29 ERA) and Ryan Riga (0-0, 1.59 ERA) have been work horses out of the pen, making five and six appearances, respectively. OSU is projected to start Jaron Long, who is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 18.1 innings, against the Crimson.
Harvard has never beaten the Buckeyes, dropping all 10 meetings in the series that began in 1994. In the most recent meeting between the schools, OSU outslugged the Crimson, 9-7, on March 15, 2008.
Ball State (Team Page)
Inconsistency has plagued the Cardinals through its first 10 games of the 2013 season, going 5-5 while never winning or losing more than two games in a row. On its week-long trip to South Carolina, Ball State knocked off Morehead State twice on Monday before falling to No. 7 South Carolina Tuesday, 10-0. Cody Campbell paces the regulars in the starting lineup with a .333 batting average, and he leads the team with four doubles and ranks second with eight RBI. Billy Wellman tops the team with 10 RBI, and he has hit one of the team's three home runs this year. Scott Baker leads the team with a 3-0 record, 2.37 ERA and 22 strikeouts on the bump, while fellow starter Chris Marangon has posted nearly identical numbers in 19 innings, going 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA . In the bullpen, Jon Cisna has made four appearances and has a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings while Clay Manering is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three appearances.
The Crimson and Cardinals have not played each other previously.