Baseball Hunts Rolfe Division Title Saturday vs. Dartmouth
Harvard finishes its 2010 Ivy League home schedule this weekend as the Crimson takes on the Dartmouth Big Green for a twinbill Saturday at O'Donnell Field.
Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. with
the first game being a seven-inning contest and the second slated
for nine innings, per Ivy rules.
All Harvard home baseball games will feature live game statistics, weather permitting. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer
Despite being outscored, 39-24, the Crimson split a four game series this week at Yale. Harvard stands at 8-8 in the Ivy League, three games off the lead in the Red Rolfe Division with four division games remaining.
Ultimately in order to win the division, Harvard must sweep Dartmouth and Yale must take at least one of its four games against Brown. Harvard and Dartmouth will close out the series on Sunday in Hanover, N.H.
Sean O'Hara recorded eight hits in the Yale series including two triples, three doubles and nine RBI. O'Hara's biggest performance came in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader where he went 3-for-5 with six RBI.
Strong pitching by sophomore lefty Brent Suter lead the way for the Crimson in game one on Sunday. Suter went 6 innings, striking out five and walking one, earning him his third victory of the season (3-2, 5.27)
For the season, Jeff Reynolds (.358
) leads the team in batting, O'Hara (.331, 25 RBI) leads in RBI and
doubles with 14, and Way leads the Crimson with five home runs.
Albright and Sam
Franklin are both contributing fine seasons in all offensive
Posting an overall record of 21-13 (11-5), Dartmouth has placed itself atop the Ivy standings. Over the week, the Big Green dropped the Brown Bears three out of four times, outscoring them 37-25 and giving itself a two-game lead in the division.
During the series, Chris O'Dowd, Jeff Onstott, and Jason Brooks combined for 13 hits and produced 14 RBI. Zack Bellenger had a fine series contributing a 3-for 3 performance with two RBI and three runs scored in the finale.
O'Dowd leads the Big Green this season with a .358 average. The majority of the power comes from the trio of Ennis Coble (.314, 4 HR, 22 RBI), Brooks (.314, 4 HR, 29 RBI), and Onstott (.308, 3 HR, 30 RBI)
On the mound, Dartmouth will likely throw Robert Young (3-3, 4.47) and Ben Murray (3-4, 9.69). Young comes in only allowing seven walks on the season while striking out 31 in 46.1 innings of work. Murray has started seven games this season allowing 59 hits, 13 walks and striking out 15 in 39 innings.
The pitching duo of Cole Sulser and Kyle Hendricks lead all Big Green pitching this year posting 45 strikeouts apiece. Sulser (6-0, 3.67) is primarily used as a relief pitcher, while Hendricks (3-4, 5.40) is a starter.