| Harvard vs. Yale
April 15-16, 2017
1 p.m. (DH) | 12 p.m. (DH)
Ivy League Digital Network
Justin McIsaac, Andy Towne
Andy Towne, Ben Altsher
Harvard leads, 199-181-1
W, 5-2 (April 17, 2016)
Harvard took three from Yale a year ago (Nick Pacino).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening divisional competition within the Ivy League, Harvard baseball will kick off Red Rolfe play with a four-game set against Yale April 15-16 at O'Donnell Field. The pair of twin bills will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Top of the First
- Harvard (12-16, 1-7 Ivy) advanced to its first Beanpot final since 2014, toppling Massachusetts 7-3 in the Crimson's home opener. The squad will take on Boston College in the championship at Fenway Park on April 19.
- Sophomore Patrick Robinson leads the team with 32 hits, including 15 for extra bases, while sophomore Patrick McColl holds the team lead with 21 RBI. The classmates rank in the top-six in the Ancient Eight in on-base and slugging percentage, while Robinson is one of two Ivy hitters to carry an OPS over 1.000. Harvard has hit 13 home runs this season, led by three apiece from Robinson and senior Matt Hink.
- Through five starts, junior Ian Miller leads the Crimson with a 3.56 ERA, while limiting opposing batters to a .219 average. He also paces the country in complete games, tossing four. Sophomore Kevin Stone has a team-best three victories, while sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson has fanned 33 batters, ranking fifth in the conference.
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Projected Pitching Matchups*
Saturday vs. Yale- Noah Zavolas (2-3, 4.32 ERA) vs. Scott Politz (6-1, 3.83 ERA)
Saturday vs. Yale- Ian Miller (1-3, 2.92 ERA) vs. Mason Kukowski (1-1, 4.76 ERA)
Sunday vs. Yale- Simon Rosenblum-Larson (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs. Alex Stiegler (2-2, 5.63 ERA)
Sunday vs. Yale- Kevin Stone (3-1, 5.81 ERA) vs. Eric Brodkowitz (2-1, 3.70 ERA)
*Subject to change
On a Streak
Freshman Quinn Hoffman carries a nine-game hitting streak into the matchup, posting three extra-base tallies over the stretch. The nine-game stretch is the best for any Harvard hitter this season, while sophomore Patrick McColl put together a 13-game reached-base streak earlier this season.
Leading the Ivies
After 28 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average and slugging percentage, and ranks third in on-base percentage (.385/.467/.641). Junior Ian Miller bests the conference and the nation with four complete games. He also has the third-best WHIP in the Ancient Eight (1.05) while tossing the second-most innings. Trent Bryan has paced the conference with three triples (3), while Josh Ellis has the best runners caught stealing percentage among starting catchers (.500).
Yale enters the weekend with a 16-13 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in Ivy action. Richard Slenker leads the team with a .326 average, while Griffin Dey has connected on seven home runs and has a team-high 24 RBI. Scott Politz leads the rotation, going 6-1 with a 3.83 ERA and 43 strikeouts, while Eric Brodkowitz is close behind with 38 punchouts.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Yale, 199-181-1, and took three of four in New Haven last season.
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.
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 13 home runs to open the season. Senior Matt Hink became the 13th player in program history to tally a two home run game against Lafayette, and the first since 2009. Hink and Patrick Robinson have three homers apiece, while Patrick McColl and Jake Suddleson have two. Austin Black, Trent Bryan and John Fallon have also teed off this season.
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.
Suter has pitched in three games this season for the Brewers.
Follow the Leader
Who holds the top statistical marks for the Crimson through 28 games?
At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 68-123 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.
Harvard will take on Boston College in the Beanpot Championship April 19 at Fenway Park. The Crimson will look for its fifth Beanpot title with first pitch approximated around 6 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.