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Baseball Hosts Boston College in Final Home Non-Conference Contest

Baseball Hosts Boston College in Final Home Non-Conference Contest

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                           Harvard vs. Boston College
April 12, 2016
3 p.m.
O'Donnell Field
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Harvard trails, 50-58-3
L, 13-10 (April 15, 2015)
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Harvard tallied a pair of victories over the weekend (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting a non-conference contest on Tuesday, April 12 at O'Donnell Field, Harvard baseball welcomes cross-town rival Boston College to Cambridge. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (9-17, 2-6 Ivy) tallied a pair of series splits over the weekend with Columbia and Penn. The Crimson put up 22 runs over the weekend, with freshmen Patrick McColl and Trent Bryan driving in five and four RBI apiece, respectively, to lead the team.   
  • Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with an Ivy-best five home runs and 21 RBI through 26 contests. After hitting .319 last season, the third baseman is hitting .300 in 2016. Only classmate Matt Rothenberg boasts a higher average (.368) this season.
  • Junior Nick Gruener tallied Harvard's first four complete games of the season against Army, Fairfield, Cornell and Columbia. The Miami native ranks second in the Ivy League with an 8-1 K/BB ratio, which is the 18th-best mark in the country. Nationally, only one pitcher has thrown more complete games than the Crimson right-hander.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Tuesday vs. Boston College- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-1, 4.85 ERA) vs. Dan Metzdorf (0-0, 10.38 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 26 games at first base, and is fourth on the team with a .267 average. Outfielders Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner have each knocked home runs, and have 17 and 11 hits, respectively.

On the hill, Kevin Stone and Simon Rosenblum Larson have each appeared in five games, and are striking out more than six 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

Last Time Out

Touch 'Em All
John Fallon leads the Crimson with five 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 five jacks.

Two-Faced Stolen Base
Junior catcher Josh Ellis has shown off his arm and awareness from behind the plate, successfully throwing out seven of 16 base-stealers through 22 games. Ellis is tied for second in the Ancient Eight with seven runners caught stealing, and is second among starters with a .438 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
Shaun Rubin
Shaun Rubin
Combs/Scahill
Nick Gruener

.368
30
5
21
6
4
0.84
0.56
1
32


On a Streak
Sophomore John Fallon enters the mid-week clash with a 19-game reached base streak intact. The longest stretch of his career, Fallon had an eight-game hitting streak quashed this weekend. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg has reached successfully in 10-straight contests, and freshman Patrick McColl has registered the longest hitting streak of the season at nine games.

Scouting Boston College
Boston College holds a 16-11 mark on the season with a 5-8 record in the ACC. Coming off a series victory with No. 16 Virginia, the Eagles' offense is led by infielder Joe Cronin's .330 average, three homers and 23 RBI.  Michael Strem has pitched in 17 RBI, and is second with a .298 average. On the mound BC boasts a cumulative ERA of 3.10, with starter Jacob Stevens posting a team best 0.45 mark over 40 innings. The right-hander has also fanned a team-high 42 batters.

Harvard trails the all-time series with Boston College, 50-58-3.

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 48-100 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.

Ceremonial
Harvard's contest with Boston College will be attended by Cunniff Elementary School in Watertown, and will feature a group first pitch and photo prior to the game.

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 hits the road to New Haven for a four-game series with Yale April 16-17. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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