Baseball Plays Host to Ivy Rivals Princeton, Cornell This Weekend

Baseball Plays Host to Ivy Rivals Princeton, Cornell This Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following its home opener, a solid outing that produced a 5-3 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday, the Harvard baseball team is set to step back into Ivy League play this weekend. The Crimson (11-12, 0-4 Ivy) will square up for two against Princeton (4-17, 1-3 Ivy) on Saturday and two against Cornell (6-13, 3-1 Ivy) on Sunday. Both sets of doubleheaders are set for 12 p.m. starts 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
After the Crimson suffered through a tough two days, dropping its first four Ivy games to Columbia and Penn by a total of five runs, Harvard bounced back to take its home opener, 5-3, over cross-state foe Holy Cross.

On the year, Jake McGuiggan has been a consistent impact player at the plate and in the field. His .369 average is second on the team, while his 18 RBI leads the squad. Co-captain Ethan Ferreira (.372) is on a tear of sorts as well, riding a 15-game hit streak into Saturday. Ferreira has 17 RBI to his name, and has crossed the plate 13 times, including two home runs. DJ Link (.333) and Mitch Klug (.297) have been solid at the plate as well, while Mike Martin (.239), has been a solid run presence, scoring 18 times and adding 13 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 Princeton
The Tigers dropped three of four Ivy contests last week, having been swept by Yale and splitting with Brown. On the year, PU is 4-17 with wins over Brown, UNC-Greensboro and Navy. Billy Arendt leads the way for the Tiger offense, batting .364 with eight doubles and 10 RBI, scoring 16 runs along the way. Danny Hoy is hitting .325 this season and is the team-leader with four home runs. Peter Owens owns a .324 average with seven RBI and six runs scored to his name.

On the hill, Keelan Smithers owns a 4.39 ERA and has struckout 15 in 26.2 innings of work. Nick Brady is third on the staff with 14 strikeouts in 24.0 innings, earning a 1-2 mark as a starter. Chad Powers, the Tigers' third starter, leads the club with 16 K's in just 24.1 innings, but has gone 0-4 to start 2015.

A Look at Cornell
After starting the year 3-10, with wins over Hartford, Bowling Green and Bucknell and a narrow loss to Virginia, 5-4, the Big Red opened its Ivy Ivy slate, 3-1. Cornell swept Yale and split the series with Brown in Ithaca, before stepping out of Ancient Eight action, losing to Richmond (23-7) and Towson (11-5).

Dan Morris is hitting a club-best .356 with 10 doubles, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored in 59 plate appearances over 17 games. Kevin Taturn hits .343 and has a team-high 16 RBI, while crossing the plate nine times. Spencer Scorza owns a .293 average with 15 RBI and 10 runs to his credit.

One of the better hurlers in the Ivy League, Brian McAfee owns a 1.16 ERA and is 3-1 on the season in five starts, going 31.0 innings while striking out 22 batters. Kellen Urbon is 0-2 this year, but has a 1.85 ERA to boot. Michael Byrne has struck out 29 over 23.1 innings of work, but is 0-4 and sports a 4.63 ERA.

Up Next
Harvard continues forth with the First Round of the Baseball Beanpot on Wednesday at UMass (3 p.m.), before trekking to Brown for the first Red Rolfe Division series versus the Bears on Saturday and Sunday.