Harvard vs. UMass
Harvard will make its 10th all-time appearance in the Baseball Beanpot Finals on Monday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team will make its 10th appearance in the Baseball Beanpot championship game on Marathon Monday as the Crimson (10-24, 5-11 Ivy) take on the Minutemen of Massachusetts (8-22, 6-9 A10) at Northeastern's Friedman Diamond at 4 p.m.
Keeping up with the Crimson
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Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson is led at the dish by Carlton Bailey, who enters the championship game with a team-best .306 batting average. The versatile outfielder has scored 14 runs and has driven in an additional 13 near the top of the lineup this season. Both Mike Martin and Brandon Kregel have been impressive with the bat this season as well. Martin holds a .290 average with 22 runs scored and 11 RBI, to go along with a team-best 13 steals on the base paths. Kregel is hitting .274 and leads the club with 11 doubles and 17 runs batted in this season, scoring 11 runs himself.
The Road to the Beanpot
In the first round, Harvard hosted crosstown rival and ACC foe Boston College on April 9. The Crimson fell behind early, needing to climb out of a daunting 4-0 hole after the top of the first inning. But it did just that, thanks in part to consistency at the plate throughout and a three-run eighth inning, capped off by a Jake McGuiggan two-RBI double, scoring Mitch Klug and Jack Colton to give the Crimson an eventual 6-5 victory and a spot in Monday's championship contest. Matt Timoney earned the 'W' for Harvard, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts, while Sean Poppen registered his first save of the year with his effort in the final frame. T.J. Laurisch was big for the Crimson in the winning effort, hurling 3.2 innings of one-hit ball while striking out five and keeping the Eagles off the board.
Last Time Out
Harvard went 1-3 against Ivy rival Yale this weekend, but things could have been different as the Bulldogs walked off twice in extra innings on Sunday, 1-0 (8 innings) and 7-6 (10 innings). On Saturday, Nick Gruener, who saw just 19 batters after the first frame, went the distance in the first game on Saturday at Yale Field, tossing 7.0 full innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, while striking out four and yielding just one walk. In Game 2, however, the Crimson belted out 10 hits, but was limited to just two runs as Yale came away with an 8-2 victory for the split. The Crimson was stifled in Game 1 on Sunday, combining for just two hits, but scored six runs in Game 2.
A Look at UMass
Massachusetts comes into Monday with a 5-3 record over its last eight games. A pair of Minutemen hold averages over .300 in Mike Geannelis (.313) and Nik Campero (.312). Campero has driven in 18 runs this season, one behind team-leader Dylan Begin. Begin also leads the team with a .409 slugging percentage and 47 total bases.