Mike Martin scored three runs in the two games (Erik Williams).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team dropped both games of its doubleheader against Dartmouth Sunday at O'Donnell Field to conclude its Ivy League slate for 2013.
The Crimson dropped game one, 4-2, before falling 9-4 in the second contest to finish the year with an 8-12 mark in conference play.
In the opener, Harvard took the lead first but a three-run fourth inning doomed the Crimson in a contest dominated by pitching. Tanner Anderson went the distance for Harvard, allowing just six hits, four runs, one earned, and no walks with two strikeouts. Brandon Kregel had the Crimson's lone extra-base hit, a double, as Harvard was limited to just four hits.
After putting up zeroes through the first two innings, the Crimson got on the board in the third. Matt Sanders reached and moved to second on a throwing error by Dartmouth third baseman Nick Lombardi. Carlton Bailey drove Sanders in one batter later on a single to left field to break the scoreless tie.
Dartmouth responded immediately in the top of the fourth. The Big Green capitalized on a pair of miscues by the Harvard defense to plate three runs to take the lead.
The Big Green added an insurance run in the top of the fifth before Harvard tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs, Mike Martin reached on an infield single to third. Kregel then ripped a double to the gap in left center to plate Martin and bring the tying run to the plate. However, a ground out to second would end the threat, and the Crimson side was retired in order in the seventh to end the contest.
It was a similar story in game two, as Dartmouth scored multiple runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to best Harvard for the second time.
Sean O'Neill and DJ Link each had two hits for the Crimson with O'Neill delivering a double. Mike Martin had a double, scored two runs and drove in another, while Tanner Anderson contributed a single, two RBI and two walks.
Martin got things started for the Crimson in the first, walking and stealing second to put a runner in scoring position with two outs. Anderson came through with a single to right field to drive in Martin and give the Crimson a lead in the early goings for the second straight contest.
That advantage would hold up until the sixth inning when Dartmouth manufactured a pair of runs. The Big Green had runners at the corners with one out when Joe Purritano lined a RBI single to center to tie up the game and keep runners on first and third. Nick Lombardi followed with a sacrifice fly to give Dartmouth the lead.
After loading the bases on a double, single and walk to start the seventh, the Big Green struck for four more runs. Jeff Keller delivered a sacrifice fly before Dustin Selzer laced a two-run single, and Purritano picked up his second RBI base hit in as many innings.
The Crimson rallied in the bottom of the eighth but only after Dartmouth tacked on three more runs in the top of the frame.
O'Neill got things going for Harvard with a double to right, and Bailey was hit by a pitch to place two men on with nobody out. Martin then connected for a two-bagger down the left-field line to drive in a run and place runners at second and third. Kregel was hit by a pitch to fill the bases, and Anderson walked to force in a second run. The next two batters were retired, but Link singled back up the middle to keep the inning alive and cut the deficit to five. A ground out to second ended the frame and left the bases loaded to halt the comeback attempt.
Harvard returns to action tomorrow in its regular season finale at Fenway Park at 2 p.m. in the Beanpot Consolation game against Boston College.