Harvard Baseball to Finish Season at Fenway Park in Beanpot Consolation Monday

Batting practice during the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park's inaugural game between Harvard and the Red Sox.
Batting practice during the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park's inaugural game between Harvard and the Red Sox.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard baseball team plays its final regular season game of the year today in the Beanpot consolation game. The Crimson will play Boston College at Fenway Park at 2 p.m.

Scouting Harvard 
The Crimson is led by sophomore Brandon Kregel, who enters Monday hitting .293 to lead the team. Kregel also owns a .440 slugging percentage, 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 .284 and .278 average, respectively. 

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On the Hill
Harvard is anticipating to use numerous pitchers in today's game.

Semifinal Loss
Four Harvard players had two hits, but Northeastern scored 10 runs to beat the Crimson, 10-2, in the Beanpot semifinal April 10. Brandon Kregel, who homered, Mitch Klug, Carlton Bailey and DJ Link all had two hits. Jordan Haviland was touched up for seven runs in the first 2 2/3 innings to take the loss. 
Related Link: Northeastern Knocks Off Harvard Baseball, 10-2, in Beanpot Tournament Game

Harvard honored those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings in a number of ways during its final home games yesterday. The Crimson wore blue Boston Strong t-shirts during warm ups, painted a blue and yellow ribbon behind home plate and also used yellow bases during the doubleheader.
Related Link: April 28 Photo Gallery 

Yesterday's Doubleheader
Harvard dropped both games of its doubleheader against Dartmouth Sunday at O'Donnell Field to conclude its Ivy League slate for 2013. The Crimson dropped game one, 4-2, before falling 9-4 in the second contest to finish the year with an 8-12 mark in conference play.
In the opener, Harvard took the lead first but a three-run fourth inning doomed the Crimson in a contest dominated by pitching. Tanner Anderson went the distance for Harvard, allowing just six hits, four runs, one earned, and no walks with two strikeouts.  Brandon Kregel had the Crimson's lone extra-base hit, a double, as Harvard was limited to just four hits. It was a similar story in game two, as Dartmouth scored multiple runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to best Harvard for the second time. Sean O'Neill and DJ Link each had two hits for the Crimson with O'Neill delivering a double. Mike Martin had a double, scored two runs and drove in another, while Tanner Anderson contributed a single, two RBI and two walks.
Related Link: Harvard Baseball Falls Twice to Dartmouth to Wrap Up Ivy Schedule 

Ivy Standings (Conference Page)
Dartmouth will play Lou Gerhig Divison winner Columbia in the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend. The teams will play a best-of-three in New York to determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Crimson at Fenway
Harvard played in the first-ever game at Fenway Park April 9, 1912. The game was played in cold and snow in front of 3,000 fans that, according to the Boston Herald, "rattled around like a squadron of lima beans in a number of eight hats." After Harvard went down in the seventh inning, the game was called with the Red Sox leading 2-0 on the account of freezing temperatures. Harvard also played exhibitions against the Red Sox in 1913, 1916 (W, 1-0) and 1943 (L, 21-0). The Crimson played the Boston Braves, Princeton and Yale at Fenway during the 1910s and '20s, before returning to the park in recent years for the Beanpot. BC beat the Crimson, 8-0, in Harvard's last game at Fenway in 2011. Last year, Harvard took batting practice here to commemorate the park's 100th anniversary.
Related Video: Harvard Baseball Commemorates Fenway Park's 100th Year

Series History
Harvard trails BC, 56-49-3, in the all-time series. The Crimson was up, 47-40-3, but dropped 15 straight before beating the Eagles twice last season. BC topped Harvard, 8-6, on April 3 this year.

Pete Frates #3 Fund
Tickets to today's games are $10 with proceeds benefiting the Pete Frates #3 Fund, named in honor of the former BC captain who was diagnosed with ALS. To purchase tickets, click here.