The Crimson hurlers kept Dartmouth at bay for much of the day, but the Big Green took two from Harvard. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard baseball team suffered a pair of two-run setbacks on Sunday to Dartmouth at Biondi Park. The Crimson (11-26, 5-13 Ivy) fell to the Big Green (15-19, 9-9 Ivy) 4-2 and 3-1 in a pair of close games.
In Game 1, the Crimson belted out nine hits over seven innings, but the Big Green scattered four runs over four innings to pull away. Sean Poppen got the nod on the mound in the early game and went 5.0 innings, giving up just five hits and only one unearned run, while walking two and striking out four. At the plate, Carlton Bailey (2-for-4), Mike Martin (2-for-4) and Mitch Klug (2-for-4) all recorded multi-hit days, and both Martin and Klug drove in runs for the Crimson as well.
Klug gave the Crimson an early lead in the top of the second as he doubled down the left field line, sending home Ethan Ferreira, who led the inning off with a single through the left side. But the Big Green retaliated in the bottom half of the inning, grabbing one back on a fielder's choice to make it 1-1.
As Dartmouth took a 3-1 lead into the fifth, Harvard looked to attack again, this time as Martin plated Bailey from first with a booming double to left center to make things interesting at 3-2. But once again Dartmouth took a run back with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to give the Big Green a 4-2 cushion, which ultimately was enough for the opening game.
In Game 2, Harvard got another solid pitching performance, this time out of Danny Moskovits. The senior went 7.0 strong innings, giving up just four hits and one earned run, while walking two and striking three Big Green batters out.
It was a pitchers' duel for much of the game – both teams combining for just four hits through four complete innings – until Harvard broke the silence in the top of the fifth. Jake McGuiggan fought for seven pitches in his at bat and drew a walk to lead things off. A Klug single moved him up to third, right before Brandon Kregel sent a shot out to right, just deep enough to score him on a sac fly.
Dartmouth tied things up in the bottom of the sixth, as Purritano double off Moskovits, sending Ruppert around from second to make it 1-1 into the seventh frame. Tanner Anderson was called in to relieve Moskovits in the eighth and gave up two hits, but left two stranded to get out of a jam nicely. But after the Crimson couldn't muster a run in the ninth, the Big Green capped off the home-half of the inning with a two-run home run from Parisi to left field to give Dartmouth a 3-1 win.
The two clubs will battle on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at O'Donnell Field on Harvard's senior day.