| Harvard vs. Massachusetts
April 5, 2017
Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Ben Altsher
Harvard leads, 32-19
W, 8-2 (March 15, 2017)
Harvard has four Beanpot titles in program history (Fran Ruchalski).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tossing a pitch at O'Donnell Field for the first time this season, Harvard will welcome Massachusetts to Cambridge for the first round of the 2017 Beanpot on Wednesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Top of the First
- Harvard (10-12, 0-4 Ivy) produced 46 runs over four games against Army West Point March 25-26. The total was Harvard's most over a four-game stretch since the 2003 campaign.
- Sophomore Patrick Robinson leads the team with 26 hits, including 12 for extra bases, and is tied for the team lead in RBI with sophomore Patrick McColl (16). The classmates rank second and third in the Ancient Eight in on-base percentage. 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 2.92 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 37 innings. He leads the country in complete games, tossing four. 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 22 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average and slugging percentage, and ranks third in on-base percentage (.406/.486/.688). Junior Ian Miller leads the conference and the nation with four complete games. He also has the third-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight (0.95). Trent Bryan has paced the conference with three triples (3), while Patrick McColl draws the most walks per game (0.78)
As a team, Harvard leads the league in a plethora of categories: base on balls, doubles, hit by pitches, stolen bases and triples.
Projected Pitching Matchup*
Wednesday vs. Massachusetts- Grant Stone (1-2, 6.94 ERA) vs. Carter Knapek (0-0, 5.19 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.
Massachusetts is 6-13 on the season, and is 2-1 in Atlantic 10 action. Nolan Kessinger leads the team with a .365 average, while Cooper Mrowka has tallied 12 RBI with two homers. Justin Lasko leads the team with a 3.34 ERA over 32.1 innings, while Brooks Knapek has fanned 31 hitters.
A preview of the Beanpot first round, Harvard leads the all-time series with the Minutemen, 32-19, including an 8-2 victory earlier this season.
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.
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 22 games?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 66-119 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
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Harvard hosts Cornell and Princeton in its Ivy home openers April 8-9 at O'Donnell Field. Beginning play at noon both days, the Princeton set will be broadcast on ESPN3, and all four games will be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network.