PRINCETON, N.J. – After the Crimson went 4-2 in back-to-back road series with Princeton and Cornell, Buddy Hayward and Simon Rosenblum-Larson picked up Ivy League Rookie and Pitcher of the Week honors as announced by the conference today. This is Hayward's third and Rosenblum-Larson's second weekly nod from the league this season.
After just three days rest, Rosenblum-Larson took the mound for three innings in game three against Princeton, totaling seven strikeouts and allowing just two hits and no earned runs. Three days later, he found himself on the hill again for game three against Cornell. The Madison, Wis. native tossed 6.1 innings total, not allowing a single Big Red hit through 5.2 of them, and racked up nine strikeouts while allowing just one earned run. Harvard's win at Cornell improved its overall record to 20-19, marking head coach Bill Decker's first 20-win season at Harvard and the most wins for the Crimson program since the 2006 campaign. Harvard also improved its Ivy record to 10-8, the most conference wins for the program since 2010. In his 9.1 total innings pitched this week, Rosenblum-Larson held batters to a .121 average and posted a 0.96 ERA.
Hayward stood as an important reserve with six games on the Crimson's slate this week. He totaled the second most strikeouts on the team (14), behind Rosenblum-Larson, and held batters to a .184 average over 10.1 innings pitched. He earned his second win of the season in game one against Princeton and tied his career high in strikeouts in back-to-back appearances on Tuesday and Saturday. Hayward posted a 0.87 ERA and allowed just one earned run in his 10.1 innings of action.
Harvard will return to action on May 13-14 to host Dartmouth to close out the regular season.