Quinn’s Homers Not Enough as Dartmouth Tops Baseball Twice on Senior Day

Quinn's shots over the fence were his second and third of the season (Elan Kawesch).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Conor Quinn tallied a pair of home runs on Saturday for the Crimson, but Harvard fell twice in a doubleheader against Dartmouth, 3-1 and 2-1. Harvard fell to 16-23 on the season, and 8-10 in Ivy play, while Dartmouth improved to 17-23 overall and 10-8 in the Ancient Eight.

Prior to the contest, Harvard honored the dedication and hard work of its 10 seniors: Mitch Klug, Michael Loughlin, T.J. Laurisch, DJ Link, Sean O'Neill, Sean Poppen, Shaun Rubin, Matt Sanders, Nick Scahill and Joey Sliepka.

Game One: L, 3-1
Junior Nick Gruener threw his seventh-consecutive complete game and Quinn hit a home run, but the Harvard offense stalled as Dartmouth took game one, 3-1. Gruener fanned five over seven innings, allowing six hits, three runs and one walk against the Big Green. The homer was Quinn's second of the year, and his eighth RBI of the season.

An RBI-groundout gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the two squads played scoreless baseball until the top of the sixth when a two-run single gave the Big Green a 3-0 advantage. Harvard got hits from senior Mitch Klug, sophomore Matt Rothenberg, and freshmen Trent Bryan and Ben Skinner, but the team didn't put a run on the board until Quinn's blast in the bottom of the seventh. The sophomore took a two-out pitch and belted it over the wall in left center.

The rally was short-lived, however, as the Crimson dropped game one, 3-1.

Game Two: L, 2-1
The second game of the day was a pitching duel between senior Sean Poppen and Beau Sulser, but the Harvard offense only managed one run, and the Big Green came away with a two run victory. Poppen threw 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs with four strikeouts, while senior Nick Scahill pitched a scoreless 2.2 frames to close the game for Harvard.

Quinn sparked the Harvard offense with a home run and a double, going a game-best 3-for-3 at the plate. Junior Josh Ellis, sophomore John Fallon and freshman Devan Peterson also registered hits for the Crimson.

Dartmouth took an early 1-0 lead in the third after an RBI-single to right field, and doubled its advantage with a run-scoring single to center field in the seventh. Harvard left four runners on base throughout the game, and finally got on the board when Quinn teed off for his second home run of the doubleheader in the eighth inning.

A single from Peterson and subsequent advancement to second base threatened to tie the game, but Harvard could not push the run across, eventually falling in the contest, 2-1.

Harvard finishes its season on Sunday, May 1 with a doubleheader at Dartmouth. First pitch is set for 1 p.m., and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.