Baseball Travels to Florida for Three Games at the Stetson Invitational

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Harvard baseball will play three contests in DeLand, Fla. at the Stetson Invitational. (Photo/Vasha Hunt)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard baseball will attempt to bounce back this weekend in DeLand, Florida at the Stetson Invitational. The Crimson (0-3, 0-0 Ivy) is slated to take on Fairfield, Ohio State and Stetson over the weekend, respectively. The defending Ivy League champion looks to mimic its 3-1 performance during its Florida trip last season. Harvard is led by junior Tommy Seidl and senior Jake Suddleson, who have posted a .500 batting average, two home runs and five RBI combined. 

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Projected Starters
Friday vs. Fairfield – Kieran Shaw, RHP vs. John Signore, RHP (0-2, 15.43 ERA)
Saturday vs. Ohio State – Owen Holt, RHP vs. Garrett Burhenn, RHP (1-2, 11.30 ERA)
Sunday vs. Stetson – Enzo Stefafnoni, RHP vs. Nick Burgin, RHP (2-0, 0.89 ERA)

What to Know

  • The Crimson has six batters hitting above .250 through one weekend of play.
  • Tommy Seidl's .667 on-base percentage is good for first in the country. His batting average of .600 is good for second in the nation. The junior also sits fourth in the country in slugging percentage at 1.100.
  • Jake Suddleson's average of .417 puts him at No. 89 in the country. The senior also posted a slugging percentage of .750 in his first weekend of action which puts him at 48th in the NCAA.
  • Owen Holt and Tim Williamson both did not surrender a hit in their first action of the year, giving them a 0.00 ERA.
  • Harvard leads the all-time series with Fairfield 6-1, but dropped its last meeting with the Stags in 2016.
  • The Crimson will look to avenge the loss it suffered at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2015 the last time the two teams met. Harvard has never recorded a victory against the Big Ten program.
  • Harvard will look to snap a five-game skid against the Stetson Hatters when the two meet on Sunday. The Hatters own an 11-14 advantage in the all-time series with the Crimson.

At the Helm
Now in his eighth season, The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, Bill Decker will attempt to carry over the momentum from the 2019 season. Last season resulted in the first Ivy League Championship and NCAA Regional birth for the Crimson since 2005. Decker's squad won 27 games, including a 14-7 mark in Ivy League play. Decker's team returns a number of veteran leaders including captain Chad Minato, Jake Suddleson and Kieran Shaw.

Next Up
The Crimson will return to campus to prepare for its spring break trip to Virginia to compete in the Spider Invitational on the campus of the University of Richmond. Harvard will play a pair of games with Richmond and the University of Connecticut and one contest with Monmouth before returning home.