|Harvard at Boston College
Brighton Baseball Field
Harvard trails, 50-61-3
L, 3-2 (April 19, 2017)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team is set to take on Boston College in the 2018 Beanpot semifinal on Wednesday, April 4 at the Brighton Baseball Complex. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. after rain prevented the teams from playing Tuesday afternoon. The winner will take on Northeastern next Tuesday for the championship, with the Huskies beating Massachusetts 10-8 last night at Friedman Diamond.
Top of the First
- Harvard has one four Beanpot titles in program history. (1991, 1998, 2005, 2014)
- The Crimson is 18-34-1 in Beanpot games, 12-16 in the semifinals.
- Harvard is 6-10 against Massachusetts in Beanpot games.
- Harvard leads the Ivy League with 108 RBI and 16 home runs
- Ben Skinner leads the league with eight stolen bases
Last Time Out
A fourth inning rally came up short as the Harvard baseball team was defeated 9-6 in game three of its series with Columbia. After going down 6-1 through two innings, the Crimson battled back to tie the score at six, before the Lions surged for another three runs and the eventual win.
Kevin Stone pitched the opening 1.1 innings for the Crimson, before Grant Stone took over for 2.2 innings and Buddy Hayward and Kieran Shaw split the remaining four innings. The pitching staff threw a collective three strikeouts, while allowing three walks and 11 hits.
Harvard is coming off a week where it went 2-2 in a non-conference matchup with Holy Cross and a three-game series with Columbia to put its overall record at 9-13. Despite a less than ideal record, Harvard has seen some power surges in the last few games including erasing a 4-0 deficit to win game one at Columbia and evening the score at 6-6 after being down six runs to one in game three.
In the last week, Patrick Robinson has posted a .375 batting average on six hits, four for extra bases, and lead the team with a .750 slugging percentage over the four-game span. Patrick McColl and Jake Suddleson recorded six RBI each, while Noah Zavolas pitched a career high nine strikeouts in game one against Columbia to earn his second win of the season.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles sit at 9-16 heading into the Beanpot opening round, having dropped their last five games, including a three-game series at Clemson. In the most recent NEIBA poll, Boston College ranks third in New England, taking into account the difficulty of its ACC schedule. Jake Palomaki leads the Eagles with a .374 batting average, having connected on 40 of 107 at bats. Palomaki also leads the team with 19 RBI while Brian Rapp leads BC at the mound with 45 strikeouts.
Last Year's Beanpot
After toppling Massachusetts 7-3 in the first round at O'Donnell Field, Harvard earned an appearance in the Beanpot championship for the first time since 2014, and had its sights set on a fifth Beanpot title.
Last season's Beanpot championship ended in favor of the Eagles, 3-2 after rain cut the game short at five innings.
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Harvard baseball is set to host its first Ivy series of the 2018 season this weekend when Penn heads north to Boston. Games are scheduled for a doubleheader on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and a Sunday standalone game at 1 p.m.