Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Harvard at Dartmouth
The Crimson looks to end its season on a high note versus Dartmouth this weekend. (Harvard Athletics)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the season coming to a close, the Harvard baseball team is geared up for one last Red Rolfe Division showdown with a four-game series with Dartmouth. The Crimson (11-24, 5-11 Ivy) and Big Green (13-19, 7-9 Ivy) will split the four games between Cambridge on Saturday and Hanover, N.H., on Sunday.
Harvard will honor its nine seniors who have contributed to the baseball program during the last four years. Carlton Bailey, Baron Davis, Sam Dodge, Jeff Hajdin, Peter Kaplan, Kyle Larrow, Danny Moskovits, Joey Novak and Zack Olson will be recognized during a special pregame ceremony on Saturday before their last doubleheader at O'Donnell Field.
A Look at Harvard
The Crimson enter the final weekend of the 2014 season with an 11-24 record, going 5-11 in Ivy League play. Harvard has had some more-than-consistent production at the plate from a variety of cast members. Senior Carlton Bailey has hit better than .300 all season long, and sits at the top of the stat sheet with a .317 average currently. His .389 on-base percentage also is tops on the club, as is his .386 slugging percentage. He's score 14 runs and driven in 13.
Fellow classmate Kyle Larrow, who missed his first game of the year last week to run the 2014 Boston Marathon, is toting a .296 average with the bat with a team-best 40 hits, including three doubles and a triple. Larrow's 22 runs scored are tied with Mike Martin for the team lead, and is adding 16 RBI to the cause as well. Martin is hitting .284 with four doubles, two triples and a home run on his resume. He's driven in 11 runs for the Crimson in the top of the lineup.
On the hill, the young duo of sophomore Sean Poppen (2-3, 2.58 ERA) and freshman Nick Gruener (1-3, 3.38 ERA) has proved to be dynamic for the Crimson this season. Poppen leads the staff with 47 strikeouts in 52.1 IP, yielding just 15 earned runs. Gruener has been stellar in his freshman campaign, giving up just 17 earned runs in 45.1 IP, while striking out 32 batters along the way.
Also in the rotation are seniors Sam Dodge (0-5, 6.68 ERA) and Danny Moskovits (1-2, 1.80 ERA) and junior Matt Timoney (3-4, 4.45 ERA), all of whom have helped the Crimson maintain consistency on the mound. In relief, T.J Laurisch (0-1, 2.08 ERA) has been effective for Harvard as well.
Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off a thorough win over UMass to take home the 2014 Beanpot Championship. The Crimson used dominant pitching from both Greg Coman and T.J. Laurisch, who combined to toss a lights-out five-hit shutout of the Minutemen. Mitch Klug played hero on the day, driving in what was to be the winning run in the fourth, and scoring another on a wild pitch in the sixth en route to the Crimson's 3-0 win. Carlton Bailey and Klug enjoyed multi-hit days, while Steve Dill drove a run in as well.
A Look at Dartmouth
The Big Green comes into the weekend needing a few wins to compete with Yale for the top spot in the Red Rolfe Division. Dartmouth is led at the plate by a trio of sluggers who bring with them a .300 average or better. Jeff Keller owns a .308 average and has a team high 15 doubles – eclipsing the Dartmouth all-time doubles mark this season – and 24 runs scored. Thomas Roulis, hitting .306, has 20 RBI and 15 runs scored, adding a team-best three triples. Dustin Selzer is hitting .305 with 10 runs scored and 17 RBI in 95 at bats.
On the mound, Dartmouth features a bevy of capable starters and perhaps one of the Ivy League's best relievers. Mike Concato (1-2, 3.95 ERA), Louis Concato (2-4, 4.04 ERA and Beau Sulser (2-4, 5.71) serve as the main rotation, along with Michael Danielak (0-5, 5.85 ERA). Duncan Robinson owns a team-best five wins, going 5-2 in 12 appearances (two starts) with a staff-low 3.86 ERA.
The Series with Dartmouth
Harvard leads the storied history with Dartmouth, 127-114, since the team's first met in 1869. Recently, however, Dartmouth has taken the advantage in the series, winning 13 of the last 14 games dating back to 2010. The only win for Harvard during the stretch came in 2012 during an 8-7 decision in Hanover, N.H.