The Harvard baseball continues on with the 2015 season at Mercer this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off a series split at Wofford last weekend, the Harvard baseball team turns its attention to Mercer this weekend as the Crimson (2-2) visit the Bears (8-5) for a four-game stint in Macon, Georgia.
Keeping up with the Crimson
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Last Time Out
After dropping the first game of the series, and the season opener, to the Terriers, Harvard bounced back to sweep the Saturday doubleheader thanks to some solid pitching. The Crimson took away wins by 2-1 and 3-1 on the arms of the staff. Sophomore Nick Gruener went 6.0 innings, striking out seven and allowing just one unearned run on five hits in game one, while Matt Timoney went five full innings of one-hit ball, striking out six, to keep Wofford at bay. Tanner Anderson picked up a pair of saves on the day, allowing zero hits over his two appearances.
At the plate, a few Crimson found success over the weekend. Drew Reid led all Harvard batters with a .333 average (5-for-15), while both Jake McGuiggan (.300) and Ethan Ferreira (.200) each added a team-best two RBI. Freshman Connor Quinn shined at third base in his debut, making some highlight reel plays at the hot corner.
A Look at Mercer
The Bears enter the weekend series with an 8-5 record, but are coming in on a hot streak. After opening the season 1-4 (including three losses to ACC foe Virginia Tech), Mercer is 7-1 over its last eight, including a sweep of Bethune Cookman. Its only other loss came at the hands of Notre Dame on Feb. 28.
Three Bears hit over .300 on the season thus far, led by Kyle Lewis and his .328 average. Lewis has belted six doubles and three home runs, driving in nine runs and scoring 10 himself. Behind him, Matt Meeder bats .310 with five runs and an RBI, while Nate Moorehouse owns a .304 average with five RBI and nine runs. Trey Truitt has brought home a team-best 12 runs as well.
On the hill, Ryan Askew, Connor Herd, DJ Johnson and Eric Nyquist are all expected to get the nod over the weekend. Together the four have combined for a 6-2 record this season. Johnson leads the staff with 17 punchouts in 15.1 innings pitched, but has given up three home runs. Nyquist has a clean 0.00 ERA, allowing just three runs, all unearned, in his two appearances.
After its bout with Mercer this weekend, Harvard continues on the warpath with a trip to DeLand, Florida the following week to take on Stetson in a four-game tilt in the middle of March.