Baseball Set to Face Bucknell, Massachusetts in Midweek Clashes

Baseball Set to Face Bucknell, Massachusetts in Midweek Clashes


                        Harvard vs. Bucknell
March 13, 2017
10:30 a.m.
    North Regional Park
Harvard trails, 2-1
L, 7-4 (March 3, 2013)


               Harvard at Massachusetts
March 14, 2017
10:30 a.m.
    North Regional Park
Harvard leads, 31-19
L, 6-2 (April 20, 2016)

Miller holds a 1.08 ERA through two starts (Fran Ruchalski).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing in its only two midweek games of its spring break trip, Harvard baseball will take on Bucknell and Massachusetts March 14-15 at North Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (5-3) was tough to handle at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge, outscoring Lafayette and Coppin State in a pair of doubleheaders, 39-6. The Crimson brought across 27 runs in its opening day twin bill, equaling its most productive doubleheader since 2004. Harvard moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1986.
  • Sophomores Patrick Robinson and John MacLean lead the team with seven RBI apiece, while senior Matt Hink has blasted a Crimson-best three home runs. Four batters have driven pitches over the fence, while junior Matt Rothenberg leads the Crimson with a .500 average and .600 on-base percentage.
  • All four Crimson starters earned victories in their season debut, while sophomore Kevin Stone has a team-high two wins. Junior Ian Miller has been tough to hit in his first two starts, holding a 1.08 ERA and 0.60 WHIP through 16.2 innings with 11 strikeouts.

Leading the Ivies
After four games, a number of Crimson student-athletes are leading the Ivy League in a variety of categories. Ian Miller paces the conference, as well as the country, with two complete games, while Matt Rothenberg is the only Ancient Eight hitter to reach base successfully in 60 percent of his plate appearances. Trent Bryan's four extra-base hits have led to a league-best .824 slugging percentage, while freshman Quinn Hoffman has been one of the most dangerous base stealers in the Ivies, taking 0.50 bases per game.

As a team, Harvard leads the league in walks drawn, home runs and stolen bases.

Projected Pitching Matchups*
Tuesday vs. Bucknell- Grant Stone (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Wednesday vs. Massachusetts-  Hunter Bigge (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA

*All matchups subject to change 

Rookie of the Week
After a highly-productive start to his Harvard baseball career, freshman Quinn Hoffman was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Feb. 27-March 5. Hoffman hit in the leadoff spot for the Crimson at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge, posting a .316 average at the plate and scoring four runs to go with two RBI and two stolen bases.

Scouting Bucknell
Bucknell is 6-5 on the season, and is winners of three in a row against Hartford, Iowa and Northeastern. Danny Rafferty leads the team with a .351 average, while Keifer Rawlings has driven in a team-best 12 runs. Jeff Gottesman leads the rotation with a 1-0 mark and 1.06 ERA, while Connor Van Hoose has a team-high 23 strikeouts.

Harvard trails in the all-time series with Bucknell, 1-2, capturing its lone win in 2013.

Scouting Massachusetts
Massachusetts is 2-4 on the season, and coming off a series victory over Maine. Brett Evangelista leads the team with a .364 average, while Cooper Mrowka has tallied five RBI with one home run. Brooks Knapek holds a 1.98 ERA to lead the staff, while fanning a team-best 16 batters.

A preview of the Beanpot first round, Harvard leads the all-time series with the Minutemen, 31-19.

Honor Roll
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
Jump-starting the offense in the opening tournament of the year, Harvard hit six homers in the opening four games. Senior Matt Hink became the 13th player in program history to tally a two home run game, and the first since 2009. Sophomores Patrick Robinson (two) and Patrick McColl (one) put their first-career shots over the wall during the opening weekend, while sophomore Trent Bryan added his first jack of the season against Jacksonville.

John Fallon led the Crimson with five long balls last season, while sophomores Ben Skinner and Bryan also teed off.

2020 Vision
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 holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through four games?




Home Runs
Stolen Bases
ERA (Min. 10 IP)   

Matt Rothenberg   
Patrick Robinson 
Matt Hink
Robinson, MacLean
Quinn Hoffman
Kevin Stone
Ian Miller
Shaw, Rupp
Ian Miller


At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 61-110 record through four-plus 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.

Captain Crimson
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.

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.

What's Next?
Harvard concludes its trip to the Sunshine State with a four-game series at South Florida March 17-19.