CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team put a cap on the 2015 season Sunday, but the Crimson (18-24, 7-13 Ivy) was swept in a twin bill by Dartmouth (20-19, 16-4 Ivy) at O'Donnell Field, by scores of 6-4 and 7-2.
Prior to the day's doubleheader, Harvard honored the eight-member senior class – Tanner Anderson, Jack Colton, Steve Dill, Ethan Ferreira, Mike Martin, Jake McGuiggan, Nick Saathoff and Matt Timoney – as the eight Crimson played in their final games during their tenure in Cambridge.
Ferreira had a day at the plate over the course of the two games, going 4-for-8 with three RBI coming on a double and a triple. Colton went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, while Mike Martin (.250) and Jake McGuiggan (.333) each added an RBI themselves.
On the hill, Anderson and Ian Miller got the starting nods; Anderson finished 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with three strikeouts. Miller went 4.1 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits to pick up the loss.
Game 1 – Dartmouth 6, Harvard 4
In an exciting start to the DH on Sunday, things went back and forth between the two clubs in the early going. The Big Green jumped out in front in the top of the first, plating three runs on two hits and an error. Anderson fanned the first batter he faced, but two walks, an error and a single made it 3-0 in favor of the visitors.
Anderson set down Dartmouth in order in the second and third innings, before the Crimson tied things up in a huge frame of its own in the bottom half of the third. Smart baserunning put Colton at second after an error with one out, before Martin struck out swinging, but reached safely thanks to a wild pitch to the backstop and using his speed. Consecutively, Drew Reid, McGuiggan and Ferriera brought in runs via a single, a sac fly and an RBI triple, respectively, to knot things up at 3-3.
Though Dartmouth made it 4-3 in the top of the sixth on a fielder's choice, the Crimson flashed some dramatics in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Colton doubled to left center, beating the throw to second after surprising the Big Green with his wheels. From there, Martin singled through the left side and Colton whirred into home to send the game into extras.
The Big Green, however, used a two-RBI single to center from its nine-hole hitter, Dustin Shirley, taking a 6-4 lead that it would not relinquish through the eighth to win.
Game 2 – Dartmouth 7, Harvard 2
Once again Dartmouth catapulted into an early lead, this time as Jay Graham sent a two-out home run over the left field wall with one swing of the bat to make it 2-0 before the bottom of the first. Miller cooled the Big Green bats in the second and third, stranding two then setting the order down consecutively to keep Dartmouth off the board.
But Dartmouth's Chris England saw the minimum number of batters through four innings, keeping Harvard in check in a big way. The Crimson, though, opened the gates all the way in the bottom of the sixth. Reid smacked a two-out double down the left field line, starting the rally. McGuiggan then singled to left, followed by a booming Ferreira double that hit the center field wall, plating both runners, cutting the deficit to 5-2. In the top of the ninth, though, the Big Green churned in two more runs on three hits to take its final 7-2 advantage, ending the Crimson's season.