Monday, April 03, 2006

The week that was, from the paper of record

The Crimson wraps up the team's spring break with three stories:

- The mixed results from Florida are chronicled here.

- Jonathan Lehman covered the Princeton sweep in person, and reports that, according to Walsh, Princeton coach Scott Bradley has called this year's Harvard lineup the best he's seen:
Senior Josh Klimkiewicz and Wilson propelled the Crimson to a harder-than-it-looked 8-2 win to sweep the twinbill from the Tigers with three combined home runs.

Klimkiewicz rocketed out solo shots in the third and sixth, and Wilson iced the contest with a three-run jack in the ninth that provided the final margin.

“Klimkiewicz and Wilson back to back are pretty good guys,” head coach Joe Walsh said. “You can’t make a mistake to either one of those guys. [Princeton head coach Scott] Bradley mentioned he thought this was the best lineup he’s seen that we’ve had, with Klimkiewicz and Wilson in the middle of it.”

- Alex McPhillips recaps Sunday's doubleheader at Cornell, paying special attention to how Lance Salsgiver's improved control of the strike zone has taken him to the next level as a hitter. To wit:

No player embodied the experience better than Lance Salsgiver, who has added plate patience to his already well-rounded offensive arsenal.

The senior from Davison, Mich. reached base nine times in ten plate appearances, drawing five walks and smashing four hits, including his first home run of the season. He scored seven times during the day.

“I think honestly, a lot of it’s pitch selection,” said Salsgiver, who raised his average to a blistering .393 during the year. His on-base percentage ballooned to .480. “You wait for your good fastball, stay back, get good pitches, and hit them.”


mb said...

Alex did make one important error, though. The Crimson reports that Javy Castellanos won the first game of his Crimson career yesterday. In fact, he won a huge game his freshman year at Brown, throwing five superb relief innings in a game I remember vividly... Still, I had no idea it had been that long.

mb said...

Also interesting that Bradley would call this lineup the best Harvard lineup ever. I'd have thought last year's, with the murderer's row of Salsgiver, Zak Farkes, Klimkiewicz, Mann and Wilson would get the edge. But then, pretty much everyone who's still around seems to be a year better, and Farkes wasn't 100% healthy, and Vance is causing absurd amounts of mayhem at the top of the order... I guess it's debatable for the moment, and will probably settle itself with time. If Stack-Babich gets going...