PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard baseball team was voted to finish fifth in the first Ivy League Preseason Poll, as announced by the conference on Wednesday, Feb. 14. This was the first time that the Ivy League conducted a preseason ranking, soliciting votes from media members from each institution, sports information directors and the national media.
Reigning Ivy champion Yale was the clear leader, garnering 15 first place votes and 125 points. Columbia was selected close behind with 101 points. Dartmouth rounded out the top three, collecting one first place vote and 92 points. Penn was voted fourth (91 points), followed by Harvard (50 points).
Last season, Yale claimed the Ivy League championship after sweeping Penn in the title series. Columbia and Dartmouth were also front runners in 2017 and were voted to remain up top during the 2018 campaign. Harvard is looking up, having finished in sixth last season with a 7-13 Ivy League record and 19-23 overall.
The Crimson returns 25 players from the 2017 season and will welcome nine freshmen to the roster this spring. The team is set to open the 2018 season next Friday, Feb. 23 at Samford. The game is set for a 4 p.m. start and will be the first of a four-game series with the Bulldogs. Harvard's first Ivy League matchup is slated for Saturday, March 24 at Princeton. This season, Ivy League games will be played on a double-header Saturday, single-game Sunday format.
Ivy League Preseason Poll Results
- Yale (15) 125 points
- Columbia 101 points
- Dartmouth (1) 92 points
- Penn 91 points
- Harvard 50 points
- Princeton 49 points
- Cornell 48 points
- Brown 21 points