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Baseball Set for Weekend Clashes with Columbia, Penn

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                              Harvard vs. Columbia
April 9, 2016
 12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
O'Donnell Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Chris Bosherini, John Avino
Harvard leads, 85-61-1
L, 9-7 (March 29, 2015)
L7

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                                     Harvard vs. Penn
April 10, 2016
12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
O'Donnell Field
Ivy League Digital Network
Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff
Harvard leads, 114-69-1
L, 4-3 (March 30, 2015)
L4

Harvard is in search of its first Ivy League victory (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Readying for the second weekend of Ivy League action, Harvard baseball hosts Columbia and Penn in a pair of doubleheaders April 9-10 at O'Donnell Field. First pitch is slated for noon on both days, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (7-15, 0-4 Ivy) has tallied 62 extra-base hits on the season to lead the conference. The Crimson hitters have combined for 48 doubles on the year and rank 31st nationally in doubles per game.  
  • Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with four home runs and 20 RBI through 22 contests. After hitting .319 last season, the third baseman has improved to .333 in 2016. Only classmate Matt Rothenberg boasts a higher average (.365) 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 one pitcher has thrown more complete games than the Crimson right-hander.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Saturday vs. Columbia- Nick Gruener (3-2, 3.09 ERA) vs. Adam Cline (0-4, 7.24 ERA)
Saturday vs. Columbia- Sean Poppen (1-3, 3.56 ERA) vs. George Thanopoulos (1-3, 8.02 ERA)
Sunday vs. Penn- Ian Miller (0-4, 8.31 ERA) vs. Mike Reitcheck (1-2, 4.91 ERA)
Sunday vs. Penn- Kevin Stone (2-2, 5.95 ERA) vs. Adam Bleday (1-2, 3.64 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change

First-Year Standouts
A plethora of freshmen have worked their way into the starting lineup, including three hitters and two pitchers. Patrick McColl has appeared in all 22 games at first base, and is third on the team with a .276 average. Outfielders Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner have each knocked home runs, and have 15 and seven hits, respectively.

On the hill, Kevin Stone and Simon Rosenblum Larson have each appeared in four games, and are striking out more than seven batters per nine innings. Stone is second on the team with two wins.

Honor Roll
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.

Two-Faced Stolen Base
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 without being thrown out.

Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson this year?

Category

Name

Stat

Average
Hits
Home Runs
RBI
Stolen Bases
Wins
ERA (min. 10 IP)
WHIP (min. 10 IP)
Saves
Strikeouts

Matt Rothenberg
John Fallon
John Fallon
John Fallon
Josh Ellis
Nick Gruener
Nick Gruener
Nick Gruener
Combs/Scahill
Nick Gruener

.365
28
4
20
6
3
3.09
1.23
1
24

On a Streak
Sophomores John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg enter the weekend contests with six-game hitting streaks, while Fallon has reached base successfully in 15-straight outings. Freshman Patrick McColl has tallied Harvard's longest hitting streak this season at nine games from March 15-27.

Scouting Columbia
Columbia is 8-15 this season, and got off to a 2-2 start in Ivy League play. Will Savage has a team-high .348 average among qualified players, and holds a .453 on-base percentage. Kyle Bartelman and Randell Kanemaru have three home runs apiece, while John Kinne has a Lions-best 15 RBI. On the mound, Kevin Roy and Harrison Egly have a squad-high two wins and Adam Cline has fanned 27 hitters to lead the way.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Columbia, 85-61-1.

Scouting Penn
Penn is 11-12 on the season, and is second in the Ivy League Lou Gehrig division with a 3-1 record. Gary Tesch leads the team with a .376 average and .432 on-base percentage while Tim Graul and Matt Greskoff hold a team-high 15 RBI. On the mound, Gabe Klieman leads the rotation with two wins and a 2.20 ERA, while southpaw Adam Bleday has a Quaker-best 25 punchouts.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Penn, 114-69-1.

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 46-98 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.

Social Stream
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.

What's Next?
Harvard hosts Boston College on Tuesday, April 12 in its final home non-conference contest of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m., and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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