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Baseball Readies for Pivotal Ivy Series with Dartmouth on ESPN3

Baseball Readies for Pivotal Ivy Series with Dartmouth on ESPN3

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               Harvard vs. Dartmouth
April 30-May 1, 2016
1 p.m. | 1 p.m.
O'Donnell Field | Red Rolfe Field
   ESPN3 |  Ivy League Digital Network
Nick Koop, Chris Boscherini
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard Leads, 127-122
L, 7-2 (April 26, 2015)
L13

Harvard will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday before the first game (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Home and home doubleheaders will be on display in the Ivy League this weekend, April 30-May 1, with Harvard hosting Dartmouth for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday before traveling to Hanover for a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday. The Saturday series will be broadcast on ESPN3, while the entire four-game set can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (16-21, 8-8 Ivy) took three of four games from division leading-Yale April 16-17 and Brown April 23-24. The team heads into the final Ivy weekend in second place in the Red Rolfe division.
  • Sophomore John Fallon has sparked the Harvard offense with five homers and 24 RBI through 34 contests, marks that both rank in the Ivy League top five. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg leads the Ancient Eight in batting average (.387) by 19 points, while junior Josh Ellis is also hitting north of .300, checking in at .317 to slot eighth in the conference.
  • Two of the top Ivy strikeout pitchers grace the mound for the Crimson, with junior Nick Gruener and senior Sean Poppen ranking third and fourth, respectively, with 44 and 43 punchouts.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Saturday vs. Dartmouth- Nick Gruener (5-3, 2.62 ERA) vs. Duncan Robinson (3-5, 3.31 ERA)
Saturday vs. Dartmouth-  Sean Poppen (3-3, 3.10 ERA) vs. Beau Sulser (3-1, 3.23 ERA)
Sunday at Dartmouth- Ian Miller (1-5, 6.62 ERA) vs. Michael Danielak (2-2, 2.94 ERA)
Sunday at Dartmouth- Kevin Stone (3-2, 4.79 ERA) vs. Cole O'Connor (0-2, 3.44 ERA)

*All matchups subject to change 

Senior Salute
Prior to Saturday's 1 p.m. first pitch, the Crimson will honor its senior class with a pre-game ceremony on the field. Harvard's 10 seniors have been instrumental to the growth of the program: Mitch Klug, Michael Laughlin, TJ Laurisch, DJ Link, Sean O'Neill, Sean Poppen, Shaun Rubin, Matt Sanders, Nick Scahill and Joey Sliepka.

Around the Ivy League
Only four games remain for each of the eight teams in the Ivy League, and all will be crucial in determining the winners of the Red Rolfe and Lou Gehrig divisions. No teams have been eliminated from contention, with all eight programs holding records between 10-6 and 6-10. Harvard enters the final weekend at 8-8, needing to pick up two games on first-place Yale.

Going the Distance
Junior Nick Gruener has tallied six-straight complete games, going the distance against Army, Fairfield, Cornell, Columbia, Yale and Brown. The Miami native ranks second nationally with the six complete games, while sophomore Ian Miller threw his first-career complete game April 17 vs. Yale.

Last Time Out
Taking the field for its final non-conference game of 2016, Harvard got out to an early lead and did not relent, topping UMass Lowell, 9-4, April 27 at LeLacheur Park.

Sophomore Matt Rothenberg and junior Josh Ellis tallied three hits apiece to lead the offense, with Rothenberg and freshman Patrick McColl driving in a game-high two runs apiece. Senior DJ Link tallied two hits, while junior Drew Reid and freshman Ben Skinner also tallied base hits.

Honor Roll
On April 26, freshman pitcher Kevin Stone was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office.

Stone had a tremendous day on the mound in the fourth game versus Brown, throwing a career-best eight innings of shutout baseball with a career-high eight strikeouts. Stone allowed only five baserunners, and never more than one in any inning. The Stamford, Connecticut native earned his third victory of the year, helping to push Harvard into second place in the Ivy Red Rolfe division entering the final weekend of conference action.

Previous Awards: Fallon, McColl Garner Ivy League Weekly Honors; Skinner Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

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 37 games to lead the team, and is fifth on the team with a .272 average. Outfielders Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner have each knocked home runs, and have 24 and 19 hits, respectively.

On the hill, Kevin Stone has been a consistent Sunday starter, going 3-2 with a 4.79 ERA. In his most recent start, the right-hander fanned eight over eight scoreless innings.

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 third in the Ancient Eight with five jacks.

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth is tied for second with Harvard at 8-8 in the Ivy League Red Rolfe division, and is 15-23 on the season. Michael Ketchmark leads the Big Green at the plate with five homers and 28 RBI, while Matt Feinstein leads the team with a .321 average. On the mound, Duncan Robinson leads the Ivy League with 61 strikeouts, and is one of three Dartmouth pitchers to record three wins along with Patrick Peterson and Beau Sulser.

Harvard leads the all-time series with Dartmouth, 127-122.

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)   
Saves
Strikeouts

Matt Rothenberg   
Matt Rothenberg
John Fallon
John Fallon
Josh Ellis
Nick Gruener
Shaun Rubin
Nick Scahill
Nick Gruener

.387*
43
5
24
7
5
1.06
3
44

On a Streak
Senior Mitch Klug holds the longest-active hitting and reached base streak at eight games, going 12-for-25 over the stretch. Sophomores John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg had 23- and 18-game reached base streaks snapped over the weekend, which are the Crimson's best totals this season.

Two-Faced Stolen Base
Junior catcher Josh Ellis has shown off his arm and awareness from behind the plate, successfully throwing out eight of 20 base-stealers through 35 games. Ellis ranks fifth in the Ancient Eight with eight runners caught stealing, and is third in runners caught-stealing percentage (.400) among starters. On the other side of the diamond, Ellis leads the Crimson with seven stolen bases on the year without being thrown out.

At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 55-104 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?
The weekend results will determine the two teams that will play for the Ivy League Championship. Harvard needs to pick up two games on Yale to earn a spot.

 
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