Baseball Splits Road Doubleheader at Dartmouth, 2-1 and 7-6

Baseball Splits Road Doubleheader at Dartmouth, 2-1 and 7-6

Harvard claimed its sixth win in Ivy play (Jim Fallon).

HANOVER, N.H. – Playing on the road for the final time in 2017, Harvard baseball earned a split with Dartmouth, 2-1 and 7-6, on Saturday afternoon at Biondi Park.

Junior Austin Black led the Crimson with three RBI on the day, while freshman Quinn Hoffman tallied two. 11 different batters tallied a hit in the twin bill, while the Crimson pitching staff was strong through two outings.

Game One: Dartmouth 2, Harvard 1
Harvard dropped a pitching duel to open the series, 2-1, despite junior Ian Miller's sixth complete game of the year. The right hander scattered five hits and two runs over the game, fanning three in the process. Black led the offense with an RBI, while sophomores Patrick Robinson and Patrick McColl added extra-base hits.

The Big Green got out to an early 1-0 lead after a home run in the first, and extended the advantage to 2-0 with a second long-ball in the fourth.

Harvard attempted a rally in the seventh, loading the bases before Black sent a sacrifice fly into right field, scoring McColl. With runners on the corners, Dartmouth was able to secure the last out and take game one of the series.

Game Two: Harvard 7, Dartmouth 6
The Harvard offense tallied 10 hits in the second game of the day, led by two from Hoffman. The freshman tied a career-best with two RBI in the game, while Black, McColl, freshman Jake Suddleson and junior Jake Forte also brought in runs for Harvard.

Junior Noah Zavolas got the start, earning the win after seven innings of play. Freshman Kieran Shaw came on to pitch the final two innings, punching out two to earn his third save of the season.

Dartmouth got out to a 4-0 lead after scoring twice in the third and fifth, but Harvard got on the board in the top of the sixth after a double into the gap from Hoffman scored sophomore Trent Bryan. Dartmouth tacked on two in the bottom half to take a 6-1 advantage.

The Crimson rallied to take the lead in the eighth, putting six runs on the board as 10 batters came to the plate in the inning. Following a leadoff single from senior Drew Reid, Suddleson laced his first-career triple into the gap in right center to pull a run back. Next up, Hoffman singled over the head of the shortstop to make it 6-3, scoring Suddleson.

McColl continued the offensive outburst with a double to left center, scoring Hoffman, while McColl was brought around immediately after Forte doubled off the wall in right-center, coming within a few feet of a home run. Pinch hitting, Black ripped a double into center to score Forte and sophomore Ben Skinner, who singled, to give Harvard a 7-6 lead through eight.

Shaw closed the game out with a perfect final two innings, setting the Big Green down in order with two strikeouts to earn the save.

Harvard closes the season with Senior Day on Sunday, April 30 at O'Donnell Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.