Rival Yale Pays Visit to O'Donnell Field for Four Versus Harvard Baseball

Rival Yale Pays Visit to O'Donnell Field for Four Versus Harvard Baseball

McGuiggan and the Crimson look to gain ground on Dartmouth this weekend. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With its sights set on reaching the Ivy League championship series, the Harvard baseball team has a test this weekend in rival Yale. The Crimson (16-17, 5-7 Ivy) and Bulldogs (10-19, 2-10 Ivy) will meet for the 374th time on Saturday as the four-game set begins at 1 p.m. at O'Donnell Field.

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.

Vs. Cancer
After a very successful fundraising season in 2014, the Harvard baseball team has announced the continuation of its efforts to raise funds and awareness to benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation. After surpassing its goal last year by raising $11,764 for the Foundation, the Crimson has set its sights high still with a goal of $15,000 for the cause to fight cancer.

Saturday, following the doubleheader versus Yale, the Crimson will participate in the annual event, shaving their heads in support of Vs. Cancer.

Click here to find out more about how Harvard is involved.

Student Rewards
This Saturday's doubleheader is a Student Rewards Featured event. Undergraduates can check in at the game with the new CrimZone Rewards app (available on iTunes, Android, and mobile web) to get a free Harvard tank top and 40 rewards points. Plus, undergrads in attendance get FREE sandwiches and pastries from Swissbakers. Undergrads can use rewards points to unlock prizes and work their way up the leaderboard for a chance to be in the Top 10 and win textbooks for a semester, a new iPad, TV, gift cards, and more. For more information, visit the CrimZone Rewards page.

A Glance at the Crimson
Harvard suffered a 13-10 setback in a crosstown barn-burner on Wednesday at the hands of Boston College in Chestnut hill, moving to 2-4 over the last week and 6-5 over the last two. At 5-7 in the Ivy League, the Crimson is three back of Dartmouth (8-4) for the race to the Ivy championship series in May.

Senior Leadership
As a team, Harvard is hitting .296 on the year, led by senior infielder Jake McGuiggan. McGuiggan is batting .371 this season, with eight doubles, a triple and two home runs. He's plated 22 and scored 22 himself in the middle of the lineup.

Ethan Ferreira has been the most consistent Crimson bat this year, hitting .364 with a team-best 72 total bases, 12 doubles, two triples, four homers, 28 RBI, and is second with 24 runs scored. As the go-to backstopper, Ferreira has just one error for a .994 fielding percentage on the year, catching four runners stealing.

Mike Martin, who is hitting .276 this season, is a terror on the base paths in the leadoff spot. The centerfielder has 32 hits and leads the team in both runs scored (25) and stolen bases (17).

The Surging Youth
Both John Fallon and Conor Quinn have been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week at some point this season. Fallon leads all Harvard rookies with a .346 average, while connecting for 18 hits (four doubles), while driving in 12 runs and scoring eight himself. For his part, Quinn bats .255 with 14 RBI and 17 runs scored as a full-time outfielder. Matt Rothenberg adds to the youthful depth, batting .302 with six RBI and eight runs.

Toeing the Rubber
On the hill, the Crimson has a good mix of both front-end and back-end pitching. Four hurlers – Sean Poppen (4-2, 5.71 ERA), Nick Gruener (3-2, 6.44 ERA), Matt Timoney (5-1, 4.38 ERA) and Tanner Anderson (0-3, 4.04 ERA) – have made up the rotation this season. Poppen, the opening day starter, has struggled at times, but has been a solid presence and a strikeout machine of late, fanning 44 batters while ushering just seven walks; he struck out seven in a complete game (7.0IP) win over Cornell, and went 6.1 innings, striking out 10 in his last outing against Brown.

Timoney has punched out 29 batters this season in 37.0 innings of work, while Gruener has been dealing with 28 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched.

A Look at Yale
The Bulldogs of Yale enter the weekend slate with a 10-19 record, going 2-10 in Ivy play with two weekends remaining. Eric Hsieh leads the charge for the Elis, hitting .381 in 97 at bats. He owns seven RBI and a team-best 21 runs scored. Richard Slenker (.321) and David Toups (.296) hold the team lead with 14 RBI apiece, while Green Campbell, who hits .321 as well, has brought in 11 RBI and scored 21 times.

On the hill, Chris Lanham (3-4, 4.97 ERA), Chris Moates (1-3, 6.87 ERA), Chasen Ford (2-3, 8.75 ERA) and Eric Brodkowitz (2-2, 6.83 ERA) are in line to get the nod to start this weekend at O'Donnell field. Ford and Moats have each struck out 31 batters this season, tops on the staff, while Lanham has punched out 30 and Broadkowitz, 21.

Up Next
The Beanpot consolation game is next for the Crimson, which will see Northeastern in historic Fenway Park at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The game is slated to be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.