Colton and his fellow seniors will enjoy Senior Day at O'Donnell Field on Sunday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the season coming to a close, the Harvard baseball team looks to finish strong with a heated Red Rolfe Division series against Dartmouth this weekend. The Crimson (18-20, 7-9 Ivy) heads to Hanover for two on Saturday, before closing things out with a twin-bill on Sunday at O'Donnell Field versus the Big Green (16-19, 12-4 Ivy).
Keeping up with the Crimson
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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, before dropping a tightly contested Beanpot consolation game to Northeastern in Fenway Park. In the close loss to NU, both Jake McGuiggan and Conor Quinn ripped home runs over the famed Green Monster, while Mike Martin turned in an incredible double-play from center to third, certainly a trio of highlights on the afternoon.
As a team, Harvard is hitting a stern .303 on the year, good for 19th in the entire country. Senior infielder Jake McGuiggan spearheads the firey bats. McGuiggan is batting .364 this season, with eight doubles, a triple and three homers. He's plated 24 and scored 23 times himself, in the middle of the lineup.
Ethan Ferreira has been the most consistent Crimson bat this year, hitting .355 with a team-best 80 total bases, 14 doubles, two triples, four homers, 31 RBI, and is second with 28 runs scored. Earlier this season, the senior capped a 21-game hit streak, tying the Harvard record all-time. 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 consistently upped his average each weekend down the stretch to .307 this season, is a terror on the base paths in the leadoff spot. The centerfielder has 42 hits and leads the team in both runs scored (28) and swiped 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 .313 average, while connecting for 21 hits (four doubles), while driving in 13 runs and scoring eight himself. For his part, Quinn bats .266 with 16 RBI and 20 runs scored as a full-time outfielder. Matt Rothenberg adds to the youthful depth, batting .311 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, who leads the League with six wins, 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 40.2 innings pitched.
A Look at Dartmouth
The Big Green enters the season as the newly crowned Red Rolfe Division champs, with a 12-4 Ivy record with four games remaining. Dartmouth is 6-3 at home this year, 9-12 on the road (1-4 at neutral spots) to get to its 16-19 overall mark.
Batting .246 as a team, Dartmouth is spearheaded at the plate by Matt Parisi and his .341 average (44-for-129). He also leads the squad with 25 runs scored and 16 doubles, adding a triple in the mix as well, with 13 RBI. Both Joe Purritano (.294) and Nick Lombardi (.237) have been RBI machines, driving in 27 and 22 runs, respectively this season. Nick Ruppert (.294) has just eight RBI, but adds 20 runs scored on a team-best five stolen bases.
On the bump, the Big Green has a solid rotation going with Duncan Robinson (4-2, 2.63 ERA), Mike Concato (3-3, 2.72 ERA), Jackson Bubala (1-0, 3.90 ERA) and Louis Concato (1-5, 5.30 ERA). In relief, Chris Burkholder has been solid as well, going 1-3 with a 3.31 ERA, while Patrick Peterson is perfect on the year at 3-0, owning a clean 3.80 ERA as well.
Up Next, after the Senior Salute
Sunday is Senior Day for Harvard, marking the end of the regular season and the excellent careers of seven Crimson: Tanner Anderson, Jack Colton, Steve Dill, Ethan Ferreira, Mike Martin, Jake McGuiggan, Nick Saathoff and Matt Timoney.