The College Baseball Blog had the chance to visit Cambridge MA on Saturday to take in some Ivy League Baseball action between the Harvard Crimson and Yale Bulldogs. The Crimson took both games of the doubleheader.
In Game 1, They received a very solid pitching performance from freshman Max Perlman who pitched a complete game allowing only three hits and a home run to Justin Ankney who crushed the first pitch of the sixth inning over the right field fence. The Crimson took advantage of five errors by the Bulldog defense including one by Dan Soltman and Ryan Lavarnway.
In Game 2, Shawn Haviland started for the Crimson and gave them eight shutout innings while only giving up seven hits. Jake Bruton pitched a perfect ninth to close out the doubleheader sweep. The Crimson offense was led by Matt Vance who went 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Yale starter Chris Wietlispach only lasted four innings while giving up all six runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. The Yale defense did not back him up at all as Dan Soltman and Ryan Lavarnway each committed two errors in the nightcap.
The CBB was impressed with the level of pitching from the Harvard Crimson. They were able to throw a freshman in game 1 of the doubleheader and he was unhittable. The Bulldogs were off balance throughout the game. Steffan Wilson who plays third base for Harvard is a definite MLB prospect as he has all the tools scouts are looking for in an athlete. He made an excellent play on defense in which he charged a ball and threw out the runner by about three steps. The Harvard coaching staff also took advantage of many situations which arose in the game. They used a double steal (1st and 2nd) with two outs and an 0-2 count on the hitter which ended up getting the Crimson an extra run.
The College Baseball Blog might head down to Brown next weekend to see the battle for the Red Rolfe Division lead.
The College Baseball Blog will be making the trip down to Kingston RI to check in on the Charlotte 49ers and Rhode Island Rams on Saturday. The 49ers enter the weekend ranked as the 25th team in the country by the NCBWA. The 49ers have an overall record of 26-6 and 8-1 in the Atlantic 10. The 49ers weekend starters all have ERA’s under 2.66.
Charlotte Game Notes
URI Game Notes
The CBB will try to head to Cambridge on Sunday (weather permitting) to take in the Harvard-Yale doubleheader which is a key Red Rolfe Division showdown in the Ivy League Conference. The Crimson have a 5-3 record in the conference while Yale is 3-5. Both teams are looking to pick up some key wins hoping to get into the Ivy League Championship series at the end of the year.
Harvard Game Notes
Harvard Captain Brendan Byrne had a nice article written about him which discusses the amount of commitment it takes today to compete at the D-1 level in two sports. Byrne besides playing second base also plays Forward on the hockey team. This is an interesting combination since there is some overflow from the Hockey season to the beginning of the baseball team. Byrne is a local guy growing up in Dorechester and Milton. The full article is available here.
Jeff Dietz was honored by the Collegiate Baseball as their pick for the Ivy League pitcher of the year. Jeff went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA last season in the Ivy League and is expected to contribute more this season. The full release is available here.
Harvard University has posted the 2007 Pre-Season prospectus. The Crimson made the Ivy League Championship last season losing to Princeton in the final. They are expected to again compete for the Ivy League title behind the leadership of Brendan Byrne. The prospectus is available in PDF format here.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame has elected four new members. The four people were Lou Gehrig, Christy Mathewson, Joe Sewell, and Jack Barry. Lou Gehrig played with the Columbia Lions before joining the New York Yankees and having a great professional career. Mathewson played for Bucknell from 1898-1900, in addition to Baseball, Mathewson played Football and Basketball. Joe Sewell played at Alabama from 1918-1920 and returned to coach the team in 1964 where he compiled a record of 106-79 in five seasons. Sewell and Gehrig were roommates with the New York Yankees which is ironic since they both are great players and contributers to the College Baseball World. Jack Barry played for Holy Cross from 1905-1908 and returned to the school in 1920 to coach the team. Barry is known as the Knute Rockne of the College Baseball World where he compiled a record of 616-150-6 (.802).
The full press release from The College Baseball Foundation is available here in PDF format.
I am trying to keep this site updated with the most current releases of schedules for the 2007 season. The schools below have released their schedules in the last week.
Stephen F. Austin
Christian Staehely of Princeton has been named to the 2007 Roger Clemens Award Watch list for the upcoming season. He posted a strong season in 2006 including leading the Princeton Tigers to their sixth NCAA appearance in the last 11 years. He posted a 5-2 record with a 2.57 ERA during the regular season. He also carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Arkansas but ended up losing the game after having the no-hitter broken up. This summer he was a member of the Cotuit Kettleers where he went 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA against the best college baseball players in the country. He is one person to keep your eye on this season and the College Baseball Blog will be attending his start at Harvard this year.
Full press release available here.
The defending Ivy League Champs Princeton Tigers have released their 2007 schedule. They will visit the Houston, UNC Greensboro, Elon, Davidson, and Longwood in their OOC series. They will also play a full slate in the Ivy League conference where they will face Yale, Brown, Cornell, and Columbia all in Princeton NJ. The Tigers will visit Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, and Cornell in their home and home series this year. Princeton returns a very good team which almost won both games they played in the NCAA tourney this year and will look to win a few games this year in the tournament.