Baseball Set for Home Opener Wednesday versus Holy Cross

Baseball Set for Home Opener Wednesday versus Holy Cross

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Though it suffered four losses on the weekend, the Harvard baseball team looks to right the ship on Wednesday with an out-of-conference matchup with its Commonwealth foe Holy Cross. First pitch between the Crimson (10-12, 0-4 Ivy) and Crusaders (9-14, 4-0 Patriot) is set for 3:30 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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.

A Glance at the Crimson
The Crimson suffered through a tough two days, dropping its first four Ivy games to Columbia and Penn by a total of five runs – including two walk off wins by the Quakers in the bottom of the ninth. Harvard pitched well and hit at opportune times, but it just didn't go the Crimson's way on the weekend.

On the year, Jake McGuiggan has been a consistent impact player at the plate and in the field. He leads the club in a pair of categories with his .380 average and 17 RBI, while his 16 runs are second-most so far this season. Co-captain Ethan Ferreira (.361) is on a tear of sorts as well, riding a 14-game hit streak into Wednesday. Ferreira has 16 RBI to his name, and has crossed the plate 12 times, including two home runs. DJ Link (.333) and Mitch Klug (.310) have been solid at the plate as well, while Mike Martin (.238), has been a solid run presence, scoring 17 times and adding 11 stolen bases, both of which lead the team.

On the hill, the Crimson has a good mix of both front-end and back-end pitching. Three hurlers – Sean Poppen (2-2, 7.16 ERA), Nick Gruener (2-1, 6.15 ERA) and Matt Timoney (3-1, 4.44 ERA) – have made five starts this season. Poppen, the opening day starter, has struggled at times, but has been a strikeout machine, fanning 27 batters while ushering just three walks; he struck out eight over 6.1 innings on Monday versus Penn. Timoney has 19 punchouts, and Gruener owns 18; all three starters have pitched greater than 26 innings of work this season thus far.

In relief, both Kevin Rex (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and Tanner Anderson (0-2, 3.00 ERA) have done well to keep Harvard in the thick of things. Rex has pitched 13.0 innings, striking out eight and giving up just one earned run, while Anderson (who also owns a .302 batting average in 43 at bats with eight RBI and six runs scored) has gone 27.0 innings with eight strikeouts.

A Look at Holy Cross
At 9-14, Holy Cross enters the weekend riding a four-game win streak with a clean sweep of Lafayette on the road last weekend. The Crusaders have competed well on the road this season – yet to play in Worchester – with the ability to produce runs (scoring 14 versus No. 23 Texas A&M in a three-game series and reaching the seven-run mark on seven different occasions).

Cam O'Neill leads the pack with his 33 hits (.379), while Anthony Critelli (.307) has brought in an impressive 22 runs in 23 games, scoring 13 himself. Critelli leads the club with 12 extra base hits, including three home runs. Evan Ocello (.301) has crossed the plate 20 times and has added 14 RBI to round out the three most proficient bats in the lineup through the first 23 games.

On the mound, a slew of Crusaders have earned the nod to start, but Justin Finan (1-1, 2.25 ERA), Donny Murray (1-1, 4.19 ERA) and Ben White (2-3, 4.35 ERA) have done the bulk of the work, each putting in 24 innings of work or better. In 31 innings, White has fanned 35 batters, by far the most on the team. Murray is second on the staff with 19, while Finan owns 14 punchouts.

Up Next
Harvard will soldier on through the Ivy League season this weekend at home versus Princeton and Cornell, continuing its homestand.