Friday, March 31, 2006

Crimson Beats St. Thomas, Ivy Season Starts Saturday

Things we'll probably see slightly less of starting this Saturday, a partial list:
1. Matt Brunnig, outfielder

Because it's unsure how often we'll get to do it again, we'll mention here that Matt went 0-for-3 with a walk as the starting left fielder, reached on an error and scored in Thursday's 8-5 win over St. Thomas. Adam Cole and Shawn Haviland got light work in a game in which Harvard used seven pitchers. That should put them in line to start the Saturday games at Princeton, with Cole presumably taking the hill in the early (7-inning) game. We expect Brunnig to start the Sunday 7-inning game against Cornell. The identity of Sunday's other starter is a bit murkier, but the official SoBB guess is freshman lefty Ryan Watson gets the nod over Javy Castellanos, Brad Unger and Jake Bruton.

Matt Vance played center field for the first time since shoulder issues forced him to DH. One can assume that he'll be a fixture there with Salsgiver in right and perhaps a few different looks in left--Tom Stack-Babich (whose bat will likely be in the lineup every game one way or the other) and freshman Matt Rogers will be your likely LF/DH candidates, with Chris Mackey becoming a part of the conversation again with his strong hitting over the course of the break.

How many of those games does Matt Kramer start at catcher? The sophomore has started five games over the past week and it .389 in 18 at-bats so far, including his first home run. Kramer went 0-for-4 tonight before being lifted late in the game for junior Andrew Casey.

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