Baseball Readies for Four Games at South Florida

Baseball Readies for Four Games at South Florida


            Harvard vs. South Florida
March 17-19, 2017
6:30 p.m. | 2 p.m. (DH) | 1 p.m.
    USF Baseball Stadium
Facebook Live (Sunday only)
Harvard leads, 7-3
L, 13-7 (March 31, 1988)

Harvard is 7-3 for the first time since 1998 (Fran Ruchalski). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Capping its spring break trip in Tampa, Harvard will face South Florida in four games March 17-19 at USF Baseball Stadium. The final bout of the set will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (7-3) was tough to handle at the DC Grays Collegiate Challenge, outscoring Lafayette and Coppin State in a pair of doubleheaders, 39-6, March 3-5. 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.
  • Senior Matt Hink and sophomore John MacLean lead the team with eight RBI apiece, while sophomores Patrick Robinson and Patrick McColl have seven each. Four batters have driven pitches over the fence, led by three from Hink, while junior Matt Rothenberg leads the Crimson with a .500 average and .583 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 three appearances, holding a 1.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP through 18.0 innings with 13 strikeouts.

Keeping Pace
Harvard is 7-3 on the season, giving the Crimson its most-productive start since 1998. The 1998 team won a school-record 36 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Leading the Ivies
After 10 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 one of two Ancient Eight hitter to reach base successfully in 58 percent of his plate appearances. Trent Bryan's six extra-base hits have led to a league-best .760 slugging percentage, including a league best two triples.

As a team, Harvard leads the league in walks drawn, doubles, stolen bases and winning percentage.

Projected Pitching Matchups*
Friday vs. South Florida- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (1-1, 6.10 ERA) vs. Phoenix Sanders (2-0, 1.78 ERA)
Saturday vs. South Florida-  Ian Miller (1-1, 1.00 ERA) vs. Shane McClanahan (3-0, 1.33 ERA)
Saturday vs. South Florida- Noah Zavolas (1-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. Ryan Valdes (2-0, 3.60 ERA)
Sunday vs. South Florida-  Kevin Stone (2-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. Colin Sullivan (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

*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 South Florida
USF is 15-1 on the season, and is winners of 13 in a row entering the series. Kevin Merrell leads the offense with a .433 average, while Luke Borders has brought home a team-best 18 baserunners. Shane McClanahan leads the team with a 3-0 record, while the Bulls' rotation has combined for a 2.01 ERA over 15 games.

Harvard leads the all-time series with South Florida, 7-3, with the last meeting occurring in 1988.

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.

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.

Touch 'Em All
Jump-starting the offense, Harvard has seven home runs to open the season. 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 sophomore 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
Hink, MacLean
Hoffman, Skinner
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 63-110 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 returns to the northeast for a four-game series at Army West Point March 25-26.