When Harvard baseball takes the field for its 2017 season opener against Lafayette, two of the team’s coaches, Ron Rakowski and Tom Conley, will have the distinction of commencing their “first year” with the team—a slight misnomer given that they both have over six months of experience working within the Crimson’s coaching structure.
A lot has changed for the Harvard men’s baseball team in the nearly 10 months since the Crimson played its most recent game. The 2016 season was a rollercoaster of sorts for a program that finished 9-11 in the Ivy League.
The fall has Harvard-Yale. The winter culminates in the madness of March. While the spring lacks a signature event, this 2017 season brings four teams with compelling storylines. Follow softball, baseball, men's lacrosse, and women's lacrosse as the teams vie for Ivy success and individual glory.
Sean Poppen ’16 and rising senior Nick Gruener, combined for eight victories, 96 strikeouts, and a 2.91 earned run average in 18 starts this season.
Despite not having a defined position and rotating between the third, fourth, and fifth spots in the Harvard order, Rothenberg had a breakout season in large part because of his offensive consistency. In addition to having 13 multi-hit games, the Boca Raton native reached base in 32 of the 38 games in which he appeared.
Forced to watch their opponents celebrate on Senior Day, the Harvard baseball team was left to rue its missed opportunities as its season came to an abrupt end.
Senior Sean Poppen is seen in action in the Crimson's 4-3 win over Brown on April 23. Over seven innings, he held the bears to just six hits and two runs over seven innings, and struck 10 players out. The pitchers have anchored the team over the last few games, leading the Crimson to nine wins in the past 15 games.
As the end of the season looms, the Harvard men’s baseball team (16-21, 8-8 Ivy) is hitting its stride. The Crimson won for the seventh time in nine games Tuesday at LeLacheur Park, defeating UMass Lowell (17-20), 9-4, in its final nonconference game of the season.
The Harvard baseball team took care of its business over the weekend to stay alive in Red Rolfe play. The Crimson took three of four from Brown to stay two games back of Yale as both teams head into a pair of decisive four-game series next weekend.
Despite its recent hot streak, the Crimson was unable to shake its midweek woes as Harvard fell to the Minutemen, 6-2, at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.