| Harvard vs. Lafayette
March 3 | March 4, 2017
3:30 p.m. | 8:30 p.m.
Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
Harvard Leads, 10-4
L, 13-2 (March 16, 2008)
| Harvard vs. Coppin State
March 3 | March 5, 2017
7 p.m. | 10:30 a.m.
Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
Harvard returns a large portion of its core from last season (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The opening salvo for the 2017 campaign has arrived for Harvard baseball, as the team will travel to Washington D.C. for a three-day tournament against Lafayette and Coppin State March 3-5 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The Crimson will face each team twice in the event, the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge.
Top of the First
- Harvard (0-0) kicks off its season after posting a 17 wins in 2016, including a 9-11 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson returns seven starters from last year's offense as well as two pitchers from the weekend rotation.
- Junior John Fallon led the Harvard offense with five home runs and 24 RBI in 2016, while classmate Matt Rothenberg ranked third in the Ancient Eight with a .363 average a year ago. In total, Harvard returns 75 percent of its hits from last season.
- Junior Ian Miller and sophomore Kevin Stone lead the Crimson's rotation after starting nine and eight games, respectively, in 2016. Stone ranked third on the team with 31 strikeouts, while Miller added 29 of his own with one complete game.
Projected Pitching Matchups*
Friday vs. Lafayette- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Trevor Houck (1-0, 2.40 ERA)
Friday vs. Coppin State- Noah Zavolas (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Anthony Rae (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Saturday vs. Lafayette- Ian Miller (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Brett Kreyer (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Sunday vs. Coppin State- Kevin Stone (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jacob Lewis (0-1, 22.50 ERA)
*All matchups subject to change
Helping the Crimson to its most Ivy wins since 2010, three returning players received honorable mention All-Ivy honors last season. Infielders John Fallon and Matt Rothenberg and catcher Josh Ellis earned the recognition after sparking the Harvard offense. Additionally, Rothenberg earned all-region accolades.
Welcome to the Show
Earning the call to the major leagues, former Crimson hurlers Brent Suter '12 and Frank Herrmann '06 pitched in the major leagues in 2016 for the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. Suter appeared in 14 games with two starts, going 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 15 strikeouts, while Herrmann went 1-2 over 14 games out of the bullpen with 14 punchouts. Harvard also had two pitchers, Sean Poppen and Nick Gruener, selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Touch 'Em All
John Fallon led the Crimson with five long balls last season, while sophomores Ben Skinner and Trent Bryan also teed off. Five Crimson hitters connected on homers last season, totaling 13 on the season.
Lafayette is off to a 1-6 start in 2017, posting its victory over Notre Dame at the Irish Alamo Invitational. Luke Robinson leads the Leopards with nine hits over the first seven games, including one home run and a team-high seven RBI, while Dan Leckle hit a pair of jacks. Trevor Houck and Brett Kreyer have seen the most time on the hill, posting 2.40 and 2.25 ERAs, respectively, with Houck fanning a team-high 11 batters.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Lafayette, 10-4.
Scouting Coppin State
Coppin State is 0-4 to start 2017, falling in outings with Georgetown and USC. Nazier McIlwain leads the offense with a .364 average and three runs, while Brett Helmbrecht has a team-best three RBI. On the mound, five different pitchers have thrown at least four innings. Corey Treyes has a team-high five strikeouts.
The meetings will be the first in program history.
Adding to a program that posted its most Ivy League wins since 2010, Harvard announced seven incoming freshmen as the class of 2020: JT Bernard (LHP), Hunter Bigge (RHP), Quinn Hoffman (INF), Chad Minato (INF), Kieran Shaw (RHP), Grant Stone (RHP) and Jake Suddleson (OF).
The group spans three states, with student-athletes joining the Crimson from California, Connecticut and Georgia.
Follow the Leader
Who held the top statistical marks for the Crimson last year?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 56-107 record through four seasons. The Crimson has seen an improvement in each season under Decker, winning 17 games in 2016. Decker has mentored 15 All-Ivy selections during his tenure at Harvard.
Senior catcher Josh Ellis was named the 144th captain in program history, extending the run of catchers as captains to four seasons. Ellis is in his first year in the role.
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Harvard will open its spring break trip to Florida with four games at Jacksonville March 10-12. The trip will also include games against Massachusetts, Bucknell and South Florida.