| Harvard vs. Northeastern
April 6, 2016
Bill Spaulding, Chris Bosherini
Harvard leads, 67-44-1
L, 7-6 (April 22, 2015)
Harvard captured the Beanpot title last in 2014 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening the 2016 Beanpot, Harvard baseball hosts Northeastern on Wednesday, April 6 at Friedman Diamond First with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m. The game was moved from Harvard to Northeastern due to Monday's snowfall.
Top of the First
- Harvard (7-14, 0-4 Ivy) has tallied 60 extra-base hits on the season to lead the conference. The Crimson hitters have combined for 46 doubles on the year and rank in the top-30 nationally in doubles per game.
- Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with four home runs and 19 RBI through 21 contests. After hitting .319 last season, the third baseman has improved to .338 in 2016. Only classmate Matt Rothenberg boasts a higher average (.373) this season.
- Junior Nick Gruener tallied Harvard's first three complete games of the season against Army, Fairfield and Cornell. The Miami native ranks second in the Ivy League with a 8-1 K/BB ratio, which is the 27th-best mark in the country. Nationally, only two pitchers have thrown more complete games than the Crimson right-hander.
Projected Pitching Matchups
Wednesday vs Northeastern- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Nate Borges (2-1, 3.07 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change
Inside the Beanpot
The baseball Beanpot began in 1990, and the Crimson has claimed three victories in the event (1991, 2005, 2014). Boston College holds the most wins with 11, while Northeastern and Massachusetts have tallied six and five titles, respectively. Harvard won its last Beanpot in 2014 with a 6-5 decision over Boston College in the opening round and 3-0 shutout of the Minutemen in Brookline to claim the title.
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 freshman Ben Skinner has teed off twice. Three other hitters have connected on a shot over the fence, and 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 six of 12 base-stealers through 21 games. Ellis is tied for the Ancient Eight lead with six runners caught stealing, and leads that group with a 50 percent success rate. On the other side of the diamond, Ellis leads the Crimson with six stolen bases on the year.
Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson this year?
On a Streak
Sophomores John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg enter Wednesday's contests with five-game hitting streaks, while Fallon has reached base successfully in 14-straight outings. Freshman Patrick McColl has tallied Harvard's longest hitting streak this season at nine games from March 15-27.
Northeastern is 13-12 on the season, including a 3-2 start in the Colonial Athletic Association. Pat Madigan leads the Huskies' offense with a .326 average and 14 RBI, while Josh Treff paces the squad with 15 RBI. The pitching staff holds a cumulative ERA of 3.81, and is led by starter Aaron Civale on the hill with a 4-1 record and 2.17 ERA. Civale also leads the rotation with 55 strikeouts.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Northeastern, 67-44-1.
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.
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 46-97 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.
To keep up with Harvard baseball on twitter, follow here.
Harvard hosts Columbia and Penn April 9-10 in a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders. Both series will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, and first pitch is scheduled for noon both days.