The Crimson will play in historic Fenway Park on Wednesday. (Tim Bradbury)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In hot pursuit of its first 20-win season in nine seasons, the Harvard baseball team turns its attention to crosstown foe Northeastern in the annual Beanpot Tournament in historic Fenway Park. The Crimson (18-19) and Huskies (16-22) will do battle in The Cathedral of Boston at 3 p.m. Wednesday. From first pitch to last out, the Ivy League Digital Network will be streaming live from Fenway.
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
Harvard split its Red Rolfe series with Yale last weekend, going 2-2 against the Bulldogs at O'Donnell Field. The Crimson was victorious twice on Saturday, 10-5 and 7-0, but fell twice on Sunday, 4-2 (10 inn.) and 2-1, in tightly contested battles.
As a team, Harvard is hitting a stern .299 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 .350 with a team-best 78 total bases, 14 doubles, two triples, four homers, 31 RBI, and is second with 27 runs scored. As the go-to backstopper, Ferreira has just two errors for a .991 fielding percentage on the year, catching six runners stealing.
Mike Martin, who has upped his average to .295 this season, is a terror on the base paths in the leadoff spot. The centerfielder has 39 hits and leads the team in both runs scored (28) and stolen bases (18).
The Surging Youth
Both John Fallon and Conor Quinn have been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week at various point this season. Fallon leads all Harvard rookies with a .303 average, while connecting for 20 hits (four doubles), while driving in 12 runs and scoring eight himself. For his part, Quinn bats .264 with 14 RBI and 19 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, 5.28 ERA), Nick Gruener (3-2, 6.86 ERA), Matt Timoney (6-1, 3.63 ERA) and Tanner Anderson (0-4, 4.02 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 48 batters while ushering just nine 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 36 batters this season in 44.2 innings of work, including an impressive performance versus Yale, while Gruener owns an 31 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched.
A Look at Northeastern
The Huskies (CAA) come into the midweek showdown after two straight series wins, going 5-2 over their last seven. In its Beanpot first round matchup with Boston College, NU dropped a 4-1 decision, after previously being throttled by the Eagles at home, 22-1 (March 24). At 7-5 in the CAA, the Huskies have series sweeps over Delaware and James Madison, with series losses to UNCW and Elon. Most recently, NU took two of three from NYIT at Parsons Field.
Michael Foster leads all Husky bats with a .361 average, while as a team, NU hits .248. Foster is the clearcut leader on the team as far as hits (52), triples (4), RBI (23), total bases (75), sac flies (4) and stolen bases (8). Mat Madigan (.331) has scored 20 runs, while driving in 21 as well, and leads the squad in extra base hits – seven doubles, a triple and four homers. Cam Hanley is hitting just below .300 at .268 for NU. With 38 hits, Hanley has driving in 14 runs and scored 14 himself.
On the hill, Brian Christian is slated to get the starting nod. The freshman hurler is 0-3 with a 10.59 ERA coming into Wednesday's start. In 17.0 innings of work over six appearances, Christian has given up 18 hits, 20 runs, while striking out 10 and walking 18 batters.
After the Beanpot consolation, the Crimson turns its attention back to the Ivy League as the season comes to a close versus Dartmouth on Saturday and Sunday. Harvard and Dartmouth will battle in Hanover to start things, and will finish the series in Cambridge on Sunday – the Crimson's Senior Day.