| Harvard vs. Holy Cross
March 30, 2016
Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field
Harvard trails, 103-64
W, 5-3 (April 1, 2015)
Harvard split a pair of doubleheaders March 26-27 (Rob Foldy).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Only one game stands between the Crimson and Ivy League play – a trip to Worcester to face in-state rival Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 30. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.
Top of the First
- Harvard (7-9) continues to have the most explosive offense in the conference, averaging nearly five runs per game. The Crimson hitters have collectively hit .262 to lead the Ancient Eight.
- Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with four home runs and 18 RBI through 16 contests. After hitting .319 last season, the third baseman has improved to .333 in 2016.
- Junior Nick Gruener tallied Harvard's first two complete games of the season against Army and Fairfield, March 18 and 26. The Miami native leads the Ivy League with a 10.5-1 K/BB ratio, which is the 12th-best mark in the country. Nationally, only two pitchers have thrown more complete games than Crimson right-hander.
Projected Pitching Matchup
Wednesday at Holy Cross- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Joe Cravero (1-0, 1.65 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change
Freshman Patrick McColl enters the midweek matchup on a nine-game hitting streak. The first baseman is hitting .327 on the season, and has recorded a hit in 15 of 16 games.
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. He also recorded a trio of extra-base hits on the weekend.
Full Release: Fallon, McColl Garner Ivy League Weekly Honors
Touch 'Em All
John Fallon leads the Crimson with four long balls, while senior Mitch Klug, sophomore Connor Quinn and freshmen Ben Skinner and Trent Bryan have added one apiece. Fallon is tied for the Ivy lead with four jacks.
Junior catcher Josh Ellis has shown off his arm and awareness from behind the plate, successfully throwing out five of nine base-stealers through 16 games. Only three catchers have thrown out more runners in the Ivy League, but Ellis boasts the best percentage (.556) among the top tier.
Harvard owns the highest batting average in the Ivy League (.262), and leads the conference in runs (79) doubles (38), RBI (70) and slugging percentage (.403). Tied for the highest win total in the Ancient Eight, Harvard has five hitters batting north of .300 with an on-base percentage of at least .375.
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 four of Baseball America's top-100 prospects from their March 10 list, including the No. 6 overall player in Florida southpaw AJ Puk.
Scouting Holy Cross
Holy Cross is the second Patriot League team on Harvard's schedule, and holds an 8-15 mark in 2016. The Crusaders split a doubleheader with Brown March 26, and are 5-5 over their past 10 games. Alex Voitik leads the team with a .314 average, and is tied for the team lead with four home runs. On the mound, Phil Reese and Brendan King boast 2-2 records while Justin Finan leads qualified pitchers with a 3.51 ERA.
Harvard trails in the all-time series with Holy Cross, 103-64.
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 46-92 record through three-plus 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 hits the road for a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders at Cornell and Princeton April 2-3. Both series will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.