The Crimson looks to get back to its winning ways on Tuesday vs. UMass before squaring off with Army on Thursday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a tough week in DeLand, Florida, the Harvard baseball team (5-7) will remain in the Sunshine State for the week, taking on a pair of northern foes in UMass (0-3) and Army (9-4). The Crimson's Spring Break trip will feature a preview of the distant Beanpot First Round matchup with the Minutemen, and a rematch from last season with the Black Knights.
Harvard is set for a doubleheader with UMass on Tuesday in Winter Haven, Florida, before traveling to the Tampa area to take on Army for a four-game set in both Tampa and Clearwater.
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Last Time Out
The Crimson was swept by a very powerful Stetson club last weekend in DeLand, but there were some bright spots. Pitcher Tanner Anderson walked away with a 3.00 ERA, going a team-best 6.0 innings, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits, with a strikeout and two walks. Anderson also displayed his versatility at the plate batting a weekend-best .500 (5-for-10), adding an RBI. Drew Reid kept up his powerful pace, connecting for five hits (.333) with two runs scored, while Ethan Ferriera added a Crimson-best two RBI over the weekend, scoring two runs as well after two doubles.
A Look at UMass
Due to poor weather, the Minutemen's first game at Central Connecticut and first full series at Kentucky were all cancelled, leaving this past weekend's series with Army as UMass' first contests of the year. The Black Knights swept the Minutemen over two days, taking 5-1 (7 innings), 9-2 and 2-1 decisions.
Rob McLam hit .444 against Army over the weekend, putting him atop the order in hits with four. He, Paul Yanakopulous, John Jennings and Mike Geannelis have all combined to plate the Minutemen's four runs so far, while Vinny Scifo has accounted for two of those himself.
On the hill, Andrew Grant (0-1, 1.29 ERA), Ryan Moloney (0-1, 3.38 ERA) and Conor LeBlanc (0-1, 7.20 ERA) have accounted for starts so far. Grant was stellar in his outing most recently, tossing 7.0 innings, allowing just one earned run while fanning eight batters.
A Look at Army
The Black Knights took care of things to move their record to 9-4 after the sweep. They have wins over Dayton, USC Upstate, Longwood, Mount Saint Mary's and Coppin State on the year, before the UMass series. Three of their games – two versus Niagra and one against Davidson – have been canceled as well due to weather.
Mark McCants leads the team with his .353 average, belting out 18 hits, seven of which have been extra-base hits (five doubles and two home runs). McCants has been a pure run-producing machines, bringing home 17 RBI in the process, far and away the team's most; Ben Smith (.282) has accounted for nine RBI, while Kris Linder has crossed home 10 times in 13 games. Jon Rosoff has put together a great season so far as well, with his .314 average (16-of-51), five RBI and nine runs scored.
Army's front-end pitching has been solid as well, as Alex Robinett (3-1, 0.64 ERA), Julian Larimer (0-1, 2.70) and Jeremy Mortensen (1-0, 3.71 ERA) have led the Black Knights. Robinett has fanned 30 batters in 28 full innings of work, while Larimer is second on the staff with 24 punchouts. Matt Ball has been a crucial set-up man, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 11.1 innings of work. He has struck out 12 batters over his time on the mound this season as well.
This will be the last full week of nonconference action for the Crimson, which hits Ivy League play next with trips to Penn and Columbia on March 28 and 29, respectively.