Dartmouth Sweeps Harvard Baseball, 3-1 and 8-0, to Claim Red Rolfe Division

Brandon Kregel bats at Rice (photo Erik Williams).
Brandon Kregel bats at Rice (photo Erik Williams).

Dartmouth clinched the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division title, as it swept the Harvard baseball team, 3-1 and 8-0, Saturday. The Crimson were limited to nine hits on the day by the Dartmouth staff, which led the Ivy League with a 2.60 ERA coming into the weekend.

The Big Green needed just one win during the four-game set with Harvard to clinch the division and Dartmouth wasted no time finalizing the top spot of the Red Rolfe standings. Dartmouth broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with two runs in the bottom half to claim a 3-1 win in Game 1.

Dartmouth grabbed the 1-0 lead in the second with an unearned run, before Harvard tied the score. Mike Martin walked to lead off the fourth inning and Mitch Klug sacrificed him to second, to set up Brandon Kregel with a runner in scoring position. Kregel, who leads Harvard in extra-base hits, smacked a double to right center to plate Martin and even the game at 1-1.  

The lead did not last long, as Dartmouth's first two batters of the bottom of the stanza came around to score. A triple and hit batsman put runners on the corners for Matt MacDowell, who broke the game open with a bases-clearing double. Harvard starter Sam Dodge (2-7) held the Big Green scoreless in the remainder for the inning, and game, but the damage had been done.

Dodge worked six innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits to take the loss. Cole Sulser (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season by throwing a seven-inning complete game and allowing just three hits and striking out eight.

Harvard bats were limited again in Game 2, this time from Dartmouth's Kyle Hunter (3-1). The Crimson mustered five hits in seven innings off of Hunter, who did not allow a run to cross the plate.

Dartmouth used a four-run fourth and two-run sixth to pull ahead of Harvard and starter Sean Poppen (1-4). The Big Green benefited from five singles and a walk in the fourth to plate the four scores and produced a walk, double, groundout and wild pitch to score twice in the sixth. Two more in the eighth off of reliever Shaun Rubin, who finished the last 2 1/3 innings, thanks to a two-out two-RBI double from Dustin Selzer put Dartmouth at eight runs in the nightcap.

Harvard and Dartmouth will meet against tomorrow at the Crimson's O'Donnell Field. Harvard's will honor its seniors during a special ceremony prior to the doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.