Baseball Swept by Dartmouth; Closes Season Sunday at O'Donnell Field
HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth scored late in the nightcap on Saturday to complete a doubleheader sweep of visiting Harvard at Red Rolfe Field. The Big Green took the opener, 4-1, before scoring three times each in the seventh and eighth innings en route to a 6-0 win in the finale.
Dartmouth (26-10, 12-6 Ivy) can win the Rolfe Division today depending on the outcome of the Brown-Yale series in Providence, R.I. Dartmouth and Yale entered the weekend tied atop the division but Yale had swept a four-game series with the Big Green to take the tiebreaker. Yale went out and lost twice at home to Brown on Friday however and, coupled with today's Big Green sweep, left Dartmouth in charge. The Big Green now can win the division with either a Yale loss in its last two games, or a win tomorrow in Cambridge.
The opening game was played in just 1:19 with the difference being a pair of homers for the home team against losing pitcher Eric Eadington (CG, 6 K). Sam Beam's two-run homer in the fifth gave Dartmouth a 3-0 lead and Jeff Onstott added a solo shot in the sixth.
In the nightcap, Max Perlman (6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 K) kept Dartmouth off the board until the seventh inning when two soft liners fell for the Big Green to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved runners into scoring position, prompting the Crimson to intentionally walk a batter to load the bases. Jeff Keller made the Crimson pay by slashing a single through the left side to score two runs with a third coming around on an error.
In the eighth, Dartmouth worked three hits - all with two strikes - into three runs against the Crimson bullpen.
Sean O'Hara and Colton each had two hits for the Crimson but Harvard managed just six hits in the game.
The teams complete their series Sunday afternoon on O'Donnell Field at 1 p.m.