Dodge’s Gem Leads Harvard to Game One Win Over Yale, 2-1; Bulldogs Take Game Two, 7-3

Dodge’s Gem Leads Harvard to Game One Win Over Yale, 2-1; Bulldogs Take Game Two, 7-3

Dodge won his first game of the spring Saturday against Yale (photo Gil Talbot).

Sam Dodge threw a complete game, three-hitter to lead the Harvard baseball team to a 2-1 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Yale Saturday, but the Bulldogs came from behind to take the second game, 7-3. Tanner Anderson led the offense with two hits in each game, as the two rivals remained tied for second place in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division.

Dodge (1-6) went all seven innings of the opener and allowed just one run, which was unearned, while striking out seven. The junior struck out the first three batters of the game to set the tone on his way to the 104-pitch complete game. Yale's Rob Cerfolio (1-4) was nearly as efficient as Dodge, but Harvard (7-20, 4-6 Ivy League) tallied single runs in the first and fourth innings to provide enough runs for the win.

Harvard's first run came after Mike Martin tripled to right center to lead off the game. Mitch Klug drove him home with a groundout to give the Crimson an early lead.

Carlton Bailey had Harvard's other RBI with a double past third base to knock in Anderson, who had led off the fourth with a double down the right-field line.

In Game 2, Harvard broke out to a 3-1 lead going into the top of the ninth, but could not hold on as Yale (7-22, 4-6 Ivy League) produced a six-run rally.

The Crimson had jumped to the two-run advantage thanks to back-to-back doubles from Anderson and Nick Saathoff in the fifth inning. Each two-bagger came with two outs to provide starting pitcher Sean Poppen with the advantage.

Poppen (1-2) worked 8 2/3 innings in the game before being pulled. He had a chance to finish the game, as Yale stood down by one run with a runner on third and two outs in the ninth, but David Toups lined a game-tying single to left field. Poppen was lifted, but Yale's offense kept rolling for four more runs. The first three came when a bases-loaded ground ball went deep in the hole to Mike Martin, and the shortstop's acrobatic, pivoting throw to second base, where he was looking to force the third out, went wide and into right field. All three Yale baserunners came around to the score on the play, and the Bulldogs plated another before the Crimson went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Harvard and Yale play two more Ivy League games tomorrow afternoon. The twin bill starts at noon at O'Donnell Field.