Baseball Faces Non-Conference Clash at UMass Lowell

Baseball Faces Non-Conference Clash at UMass Lowell


          Harvard at UMass Lowell
April 27, 2017
5 p.m.
    Lelacheur Park
Harvard leads, 1-0
W, 9-4 (April 27, 2016)

Harvard has 11 wins in non-conference games this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Heading north to Lelacheur Park, Harvard will take on UMass Lowell in an evening tilt on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m. Rescheduled from Wednesday, April 26, the game will be broadcast on AmericaEast.TV.

Top of the First

  • Harvard's (16-21, 5-11 Ivy) bats have come alive against Red Rolfe division opponents. After belting 12 home runs against Yale April 15-16, the Crimson added five jacks against Brown April 22-23. Harvard has hit at least one home run in 10 of its last 11 games.
  • Sophomore Patrick Robinson leads the team with 43 hits, including 22 for extra bases, which paces the Ivy League. Robinson and classmate Patrick McColl hold the team lead with 32 and 31 RBI, respectively, while nine batters have at least 10. Harvard has hit 31 home runs this season, led by an Ivy-best nine from Robinson.
  • Through eight starts, sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson leads the Crimson with a 4.50 ERA, while junior Ian Miller limits opposing batters to a .264 average. Miller ranks second nationally in complete games, tossing four. Sophomore Kevin Stone has a team-best four victories, while Rosenblum-Larson has fanned a team-high 48 batters, ranking

Leading the Ivies
After 37 games, Patrick Robinson leads the conference in batting average and slugging percentage, while tallying the second-best on-base percentage (.394/.459/.780). His slugging percentage ranks fourth nationally, while his average sits in ninth. His 1.239 OPS leads the Ivy League by a significant margin, and he joins Patrick McColl as two of four Ancient Eight hitters with an OPS over 1.000.

Ian Miller has five complete games, which leads the league and ranks second nationally. Josh Ellis paces all starting catchers in throwing out 50 percent of base stealers (15-for-30).

Projected Pitching Matchup*
Wednesday vs. UMass Lowell- Matt Hink (0-0, 3.52 ERA) vs. Connor Metelski (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

*Subject to change 

Scouting UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell is 20-16 on the season, including an 8-6 mark in America East play. Colby Maiola leads the River Hawks with a .341 average and 33 RBI, while Chris Sharpe has totaled 27 extra-base hits and seven home runs. Collin Duffley leads the rotation with a 2.19 ERA and 58 strikeouts, while Nick Rand has added six saves with a 2.74 ERA in relief.

Harvard leads the all-time series with UMass Lowell, 1-0, winning the inaugural meeting a year ago, 9-4.

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 31 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 March 5, and the first since 2009, while senior Josh Ellis and sophomore Patrick Robinson followed suit with two homers each April 15 in game two vs. Yale. Ellis and Robinson became just the second set of teammates in program history to have multi-home run outings in the same game, joining Zak Farkes '06 and Schuyler Mann '05, who each homered twice vs. Air Force on March 6, 2004.

Robinson holds the team lead with nine homers, while Patrick McColl has launched five. Ellis, Hink and John Fallon have three apiece.

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 32 games?




Home Runs
Stolen Bases
ERA (Min. 10 IP)   

Patrick Robinson
Patrick Robinson 
Patrick Robinson
Patrick Robinson
Ben Skinner
Kevin Stone
Simon Rosenblum-Larson
Kieran Shaw
Simon Rosenblum-Larson


At The Helm
Bill Decker is in his fourth season as The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, posting a 72-127 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 faces Dartmouth in a home and home series April 29-30. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. both days, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network. The twin bill at Harvard April 30 will coincide with Senior Day, and will be broadcast on ESPN3.