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Baseball Opens Home Slate with Holy Cross

Baseball Opens Home Slate with Holy Cross

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               Harvard vs. Holy Cross
March 29, 2017
3:30 p.m.
    O'Donnell Field
Facebook Live | ILDN
Scott Sudikoff, Alex Vispoli
Harvard trails, 64-104
L, 11-4 (March 30, 2016)
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Harvard has scored 46 runs in its past four outings (Fran Ruchalski).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to O'Donnell Field for the home opener, Harvard baseball welcomes Holy Cross to Cambridge for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday, March 29. The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Top of the First

  • Harvard (10-8) is coming off a series victory over Army West Point, where the offense produced 46 runs over four games. The total was Harvard's most over a four-game stretch since the 2003 campaign.
  • Sophomore Patrick Robinson leads the team with 23 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and is tied for the team lead in RBI with sophomore Patrick McColl (16). The classmates are the only two Ivy League hitters to reach base in at least 50 percent of their plate appearances. Harvard has hit 10 home runs this season, led by three from senior Matt Hink.
  • Through four starts, junior Ian Miller leads the Crimson with a 2.95 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 31 innings. He ranks second nationally in complete games. Sophomore Kevin Stone leads the team with three victories, while junior Noah Zavolas and sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson have two each.

Leading the Ivies
After 18 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.426/.508/.741). Junior Ian Miller leads the conference, and is second in the nation, with three complete games. He also has the third-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight.

As a team, Harvard leads the league in a plethora of categories: doubles, hit by pitch, stolen bases and triples.

Projected Pitching Matchup*
Wednesday vs. Holy Cross- TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

*Subject to change 

Player of the Week
Following an explosive weekend at the plate, sophomore outfielder Patrick Robinson was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for March 20-26. Robinson posted four multi-hit games against Army West Point, batting .588 with at least one RBI in each of the contests. He recorded five extra-base hits with nine RBI in the series, while also scoring seven runs himself.

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 Holy Cross
The Crusaders hold a 5-14 mark on the season, most recently dropping three of four to Yale. 2-9 in road contests, Holy Cross is led at the plate by Austin Masel, who hits .355, and Cam O'Neill, who has four home runs and 16 RBI. George Capen has a team-high three wins, while Joe Cravero has fanned a team-best 22 batters. 

Harvard trails the all-time series with Holy Cross, 64-104.

Stay CLASSy, Cambridge
Excelling in all facets of the student-athlete experience, senior catcher Josh Ellis has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Ellis has been a productive hitter at the plate and an excellent manager from the catcher position, while also succeeding in the classroom. He works extensively with the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation, which funds and operates a medical clinic in the Port Au Prince suburb of Saint Rock.

Touch 'Em All
Jump-starting the offense, Harvard has 10 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 and Patrick McColl have launched two over the wall, while sophomore Trent Bryan added his first jack of the season against Jacksonville. Junior Austin Black and freshman Jake Suddleson have also connected on bombs, their first-career shots.

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

In the Northeast
Harvard baseball was slotted fourth in the opening New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll of the season:

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1
2
3
4
5

Teams
Dartmouth (7)
Connecticut (5)
UMass Lowell
Harvard
Rhode Island

Record
10-6
12-9
10-8
10-8
10-10

Votes
50
43
20
17
14

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.

Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through 18 games?

Category

Name

Stat

Average
Hits
Home Runs
RBI
Stolen Bases
Wins
ERA (Min. 10 IP)   
Saves
Strikeouts

Patrick Robinson
Patrick Robinson 
Matt Hink
Robinson, McColl
Ben Skinner
Kevin Stone
Ian Miller
Shaw, Rupp
Ian Miller

.426
23
3
16
5
3
2.90
1
24

At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 66-115 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.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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 opens the Ivy slate at Columbia and Penn April 1-2. Both series will begin at noon, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Penn series can also be seen on ESPN3.

 
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