The Crimson kept things close in Game 2, but the Big Green came out on top. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team could have played spoiler for Dartmouth on Tuesday in a rain-delayed makeup doubleheader, but the Crimson fell in the twinbill against the Big Green, 9-0 and 5-3. This marked the end of the careers for nine senior Crimson.
In game one, freshman Nick Gruener got the call and pitched brilliantly for 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits through that span, but the Big Green put together a stretch of nine runs on four hits and an error in the sixth off Gruener and Joey Novak on the mound.
Harvard outhit Dartmouth in the first game with seven hits, three from Mike Martin and one each from Carlton Bailey, Kyle Larrow, Ethan Ferreira and Steve Dill. But the Big Green's big inning was too much to overcome in Game 1 as Dartmouth claimed it in seven innings, 9-0.
In Game 2, Dartmouth got on the board first off Matt Timoney, scoring a run in the top of the second, but the Crimson found their way into the scoring column in the third and fourth innings. On the third pitch he saw to lead off the third, Jake McGuiggan belted a deep shot over the left field wall into the wind to knot things up at 1-1. Then in the next frame, McGuiggan singled up the middle to drive in Jack Colton to put Harvard ahead with momentum.
But from there, Dartmouth regained control and reeled off four runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Big Green used four singles and a double off Timoney to take a 5-2 lead. The Crimson added a run in the bottom of the eighth as Matt Hink grounded out but sent Mitch Klug across home to make it 5-3, but it was too little too late for Harvard which suffered its season-ending loss.
The Crimson finish the year 11-28, 5-15 in Ivy League play.