| Harvard vs Massachusetts
March 15-16, 2016
10 a.m. | 10 a.m.
Jack Russell Stadium
Harvard leads, 29-18
L, 6-5 (April 13, 2015)
| Harvard vs Army
March 17-19, 2016
2 p.m. | 11 a.m. (DH) | 11 a.m.
Jack Russell Stadium
Harvard leads, 51-35-1
L, 6-5 (March 21, 2015)
Harvard picked up its first two wins of the year against St. Peter's and Wake Forest (Rob Foldy).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Concluding its nine-game trip in Florida, Harvard baseball travels to Clearwater to take on Massachusetts for two games March 15-16 and Army for four contests March 17-19. Both series will be held at Jack Russell Stadium.
Top of the First
- Harvard (2-5) went 2-2 in its opening weekend at Wake Forest, besting St. Peter's and the host Demon Deacons. The win over Wake Forest was Harvard's first over an ACC opponent since April 9, 2014 against Boston College. The Crimson followed the tournament at No. 1 Florida, getting edged in all three contests.
- Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with three home runs and seven RBI through the first seven contests. After hitting .319 last season, Fallon is batting .360 in 2016.
- Harvard has a pair of aces on the mound in senior Sean Poppen and junior Nick Gruener. Both pitchers picked up wins in their first outings of the year, with Poppen becoming the first hurler to throw a 10-strikeout game in the Ivy League this season. The duo holds 14-1 and 12-1 K/BB ratios, respectively, with Gruener holding Harvard's top ERA among starting pitchers at 3.46.
Projected Pitching Matchups
Tuesday vs. Massachusetts- Kevin Stone (0-1, 11.25 ERA) vs. Casey Aubin (0-0, 27.00 ERA)
Wednesday vs. Massachusetts- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ryan Venditti (0-1, 5.79 ERA)
Thursday vs. Army- Ian Miller (0-2, 13.50 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Friday vs. Army- Sean Poppen (1-1, 3.75 ERA) vs. Jeremy Mortensen (1-2, 8.47 ERA)
Friday vs. Army- Nick Gruener (1-1, 3.46 ERA) vs. Matt Ball (1-2, 6.14 ERA)
Saturday vs. Army- TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Garrison Franklin (0-2, 5.64 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change
After opening the season with two victories in the Wake Forest tournament, Harvard's John Fallon and Patrick McColl were selected as the Ivy League Co-Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Fallon, a sophomore, led the conference with two home runs and five RBI over the opening weekend. The Houston, Texas native hit .400 on the week with a team-high .933 slugging percentage, recording a conference-best four extra base hits. Starting at first base, McColl opened his career with six hits and four RBI to lead all rookies. Tallying three extra base hits at the Wake Forest tournament, the Los Altos, California native ranks third in the league.
Full Release: Fallon, McColl Garner Ivy League Weekly Honors
Touch 'Em All
John Fallon leads the Crimson with three long balls, while senior Mitch Klug has added one. In the season-opening tournament, Fallon went deep against Richmond and both players hit jacks against St. Peter's. Fallon continued his hot streak with a shot over the left field wall against No. 1 Florida.
Harvard has 16 doubles through seven games, and ranked in the top-five nationally through March 10. John Fallon and Drew Reid have each tallied a pair of doubles, while DJ Link, Patrick McColl and Trent Bryan have two apiece.
From the Bullpen
In the final three games of the Wake Forest tournament, Harvard's bullpen pitched 10 scoreless innings. Senior Matt Sanders held the Peacocks to one hit in two innings, senior Nick Scahill tallied a three-inning save with six strikeouts against Wake Forest and the trio of sophomore Dylan Combs, freshman Simon Rosenblum-Larson and senior Sean O'Neill combined for five scoreless frames against Towson. In total, six relievers have taken the mound without giving up a run.
Strength of Schedule
Starting the 2016 campaign, Harvard has already faced off against the nation's top-ranked team (Florida) and toppled an ACC opponent (Wake Forest). The Crimson has seen seven of Baseball America's preseason top-100 prospects, including the No. 1 overall player in Florida southpaw AJ Puk.
Massachusetts holds a 1-5 overall record, and picked up its only victory of the season against Army. The Minutemen were previously swept by Charleston Southern and the team dropped a pair to the Black Knights. John Jennings leads the UMass attack with one home run and five RBI, while Mike Hart paces the team with a .364 batting average. On the mound, Justin Lasko picked up the team's lone victory, while Ryan Maloney owns a team-high with 14 strikeouts.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Massachusetts, 29-18.
Army is 5-9 to start 2016, picking up wins at the expense of Monmouth, Middle Tennessee, UNC Greensboro and Massachusetts. John McCarthy has carried the Black Knights' offense with a .350 average, three homers and 17 RBI - all team highs. Justin French has picked up a pair of victories on the hill in relief, while Patrick Gardener leads Army with a 5.40 ERA through 8.1 innings. Garrison Franklin has seen a team-high 22.1 innings on the mound.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Army, 51-35-1.
Seniors DJ Link and Matt Sanders were selected by their teammates to captain the 2016 squad. This will be the first season as captain for both players.
Feature Video: Crimson Baseball Challenge
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 41-88 record through three seasons. The Crimson has seen an improvement in wins each season under Decker, winning 18 games in 2015. Decker has mentored 11 All-Ivy selections during his tenure at Harvard.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
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Harvard returns to New England for a March 26 doubleheader at Fairfield before opening its home slate March 27 with a doubleheader against Albany. The latter set will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.