The Harvard baseball continues on with the 2015 season at Stetson this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Off to its best start since 2005, the Harvard baseball team looks to keep up the momentum as the Crimson (5-3) heads south again. Harvard travels to Stetson (8-9) to take on the Hatters for a four game series in DeLand, Florida.
Keeping up with the Crimson
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Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League. Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Weather permitting, every Harvard home game during the 2015 season will be streamed live and in HD from O'Donnell Field.
Last Time Out
The Crimson took 3-of-4 from Mercer in Macon, Georgia last week, thanks to a bevy of hits and gutsy performances on the mound from the staff. Harvard belted out a total of 38 hits on the weekend, led by Jake McGuiggan's seven. McGuiggan, who earned Ivy League Honor Roll accolades, hit .438 over the four games, belting out a home run and a double in the process. He drove in four RBI and scored four times himself. Mitch Klug had a weekend at the plate as well, hitting .429 with three RBI and three runs scored. Jack Colton led all Crimson with five RBI, two of which were sacrifices. Mike Martin came around to score a team-best five runs on four hits, including a triple and a home run.
On the hill, Nick Gruener pitched a three-hit gem, which earned him Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors. Gruener gave up just one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work, striking out four and yielding zero walks on Saturday. After a two-save weekend at Wofford, Tanner Anderson followed up with a save on Saturday as well, pitching 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit. Sean Poppen proved himself once again to be the ace of the staff, tossing 5.0 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out a team-best nine batters.
A Look at Stetson
After a 2-4 start, Stetson reeled off five wins in its next six games, including victories over Central Michigan, Bethune Cookman and Penn. The Hatters split the series with the Quakers, before SU made the trek to Oxford, Mississippi, to take on No. 22 Ole Miss. Stetson dropped the first two to the Rebs, but exploded for 16 runs the next day to take a 16-4 victory. Most recently, the Hatters fell to Miami in Coral Gables, 7-0, on Wednesday.
Garrett Russini leads the charge for the Hatters at the dish, going 24-for-62 (.387) in 17 games played. He's belted out five doubles en route to plating 11 runs and scoring 13 himself. Vance Vizcaino (.323) leads all Stetson bats with 15 RBI, while managing to score 10 runs himself. Josh Powers has brought home 14 runs, while scoring 10 runs as well. Though he hits just .246, Patrick Mazeika has blasted a team-high five home runs, as nearly half of his 14 hits have left the yard.
On the mound, Stetson features a solid rotation of four hurlers, including Brooks Wilson (4-1, 3.22 ERA), Walker Sheller (1-3, 4.40 ERA), Ben Rakus (0-0, 5.02 ERA) and Adam Schaly (2-2, 5.66 ERA). Wilson and Sheller are tied for the staff lead with 17 K's, while Wilson has held opponents to a team-low .250 average.
After its bout with Stetson this weekend, Harvard continues on in Florida with a Spring Break trip to the Tampa area to take on UMass in a doubleheader, before settling in for a four-game stint with Army, all March 17-21. After the Florida trip, Harvard will dive right into Ivy play with a trip to Penn and Columbia.