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Baseball Set to Meet Massachusetts in Beanpot Consolation

Baseball Set to Meet Massachusetts in Beanpot Consolation

Matchup
Dates
Times
Venue
Event
Series
Last
Streak

            Harvard vs Massachusetts
April 20, 2016
2:30 p.m.
NEBC Sports Complex
Beanpot Consolation
Harvard leads, 31-18
W, 9-5 (March 16, 2016)
W2

Harvard swept the Minutemen in a two-game series March 15-16 (Rob Foldy).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Closing the 2016 Beanpot, Harvard baseball is set to face Massachusetts in the consolation game Wednesday, April 20 in Northborough, Massachusetts. First pitch will occur at 2:30 p.m.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (12-19, 5-7 Ivy) took three of four games from division leading-Yale over the weekend. The Crimson held the Bulldogs to three runs or fewer in each of the games, getting solid outings from both the rotation and bullpen. Senior Shaun Rubin lowered his ERA to 0.64.   
  • Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with an Ivy-best five home runs and 23 RBI through 26 contests. Only classmate Matt Rothenberg boasts a higher average than Fallon, leading the league at .382.
  • Junior Nick Gruener has tallied Harvard's five-straight complete games, going the distance against Army, Fairfield, Cornell, Columbia and Yale. The Miami native ranks second nationally with the five complete games, and sophomore Ian Miller threw his first-career complete game April 17 vs. Yale.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Wednesday vs. Massachusetts- Kevin Rex (0-1, 10.38 ERA) vs. Casey Aubin (1-2, 6.55 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change

Last Time Out
Putting a finish to its four-game series with Yale, Harvard picked up a pair of victories, 9-1 and 5-2, to sweep the Sunday doubleheader and take the overall series, 3-1.

Harvard jumped out to an early lead in the opening game on Sunday and never gave up control en route to a 9-1 victory. Sophomore Ian Miller threw his first-career complete game in his first win of the year, scattering five hits and one run with four strikeouts over seven frames.

The Harvard bats combined for 15 hits in the second contest of the day, leading to a 5-2 triumph over the Elis. Freshman Patrick Robinson tallied a career-best three RBI, while senior Mitch Klug and freshman Patrick McColl also drove in runs. Klug tallied a game-high three hits.

Full Recap: Baseball Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader at Yale, 9-1 and 5-2

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.

Harvard is 5-9 against Massachusetts in the Beanpot, and 3-9-1 all-time in consolation games.

Honor Roll
On April 12, Ben Skinner of the Harvard baseball team was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office.

Skinner tallied a career-best two hits in game one against Columbia on Saturday, and hit .417 on the week with three extra-base knocks and three RBI. The center fielder stepped up for a  clutch RBI-triple to send Saturday's second game with the Lions to extra innings, and he followed up the performance with two RBI against Penn. Skinner left the weekend with a seven-game reached-base streak intact.

Previous Awards: Fallon, McColl Garner Ivy League Weekly Honors

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 31 games to lead the team, and is fourth on the team with a .260 average. Outfielders Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner have each knocked home runs, and have 21 and 16 hits, respectively.

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

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 eight of 19 base-stealers through 30 games. Ellis is tied for third in the Ancient Eight with eight runners caught stealing, but he holds the top rate of success among starters at .421. On the other side of the diamond, Ellis leads the Crimson with seven 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
Nick Scahill
Nick Gruener

.382*
35
5*
23*
7
4
0.64
0.57
2
37

*Leads Ivy League

Scouting Massachusetts
Massachusetts holds a 7-17 overall record, including a 2-7 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Minutemen were previously swept by Harvard in two games March 15-16 in Clearwater, Florida. John Jennings leads the UMass attack with five home runs and 18 RBI, and paces the team with a .323 batting average. On the mound, Justin Lasko has a team-high two wins, while Ryan Maloney and Tim Cassidy own a team-best with 28 strikeouts.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Massachusetts, 31-18.

On a Streak
Sophomore John Fallon enters the contest with a 23-game reached base streak intact. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg has reached successfully in 15-straight contests and freshman Ben Skinner has gotten on board in 12-straight. Freshman Patrick McColl has registered the longest hitting streak of the season at nine games.

At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 51-102 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 Brown for four games April 23-24 as it honors the 150th anniversary of the program. There will be a ceremony prior to Saturday's festivities at noon, and the first doubleheader will be broadcast on ESPN3. The entire weekend can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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