Drew Reid and the Crimson hope for continued success this week at UMass. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After going 2-2 on the weekend at Brown, the Harvard baseball team hopes to keep up its momentum with an important midweek showdown. The Crimson (16-15, 5-7 Ivy) heads out of conference to UMass, taking on the Minutemen (8-11, 7-5 A10) in the first round of the Baseball Beanpot on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
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 Year's Beanpot
Harvard won the Beanpot for the first time since 2005 last season with two impressive wins over Boston College, 6-5, and UMass, 3-0. BC took a 4-0 lead after the top of the first in the first round game at O'Donnell Field, but the Crimson chipped away and eventually a McGuiggan two-RBI double clinched things in the bottom of the eighth inning.
From there, Harvard shut down Massachusetts at Northeastern's Parsons Field, 3-0, thanks to solid pitching from Greg Coman (5.0IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 4K) and T.J. Laurisch (4.0IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB 4K) to pick up the championship win and save, respectively. Mitch Klug had a day at the plate with three hits, as he drove in the first run and was game's final run as well.
A Look at UMass
Harvard and UMass have played twice already this season – a doubleheader in Winter Haven, Florida, which the Crimson swept, 9-3 and 11-8. The Minutemen come into Monday with an 8-11 record on the year after suffering a few cancelled weekends due to weather in the beginning of the year. After dropping two to Harvard, Massachusetts went 4-2 over its next two series (against Dayton and VCU in conference play). Most recently, the Minutemen dropped two of three to A-10 foe George Washington in Northborough, Massachusetts.
One of three Minutemen to start all 19 games, Kyle Adie leads the squad with his .373 average, driving in six runs and scoring nine. Rob McLam (.261) has a total of nine RBI to lead the team this year, while no one has scored more runs for UMass than has Vinny Scifo (.244), as he's crossed the plate 10 times.
Toeing the rubber will likely be midweek goer Scott Hovey, who is 0-0 with one start and three appearances. He owns an 8.44 ERA with three strikeouts and seven walks issued this season.
Harvard continues forth,trekking to Brown for the first Red Rolfe Division series versus the Bears on Saturday and Sunday.