McColl had a team-high four RBI in game two (Harvard Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ending the 2017 campaign with a wild doubleheader, Harvard baseball split with Dartmouth, 3-0 and 8-7, winning the final contest of the season with a walk-off hit by junior Austin Black on Sunday at O'Donnell Field.
Black delivered a pinch-hit walk-off single to right field, scoring one before a throwing error on the Big Green allowed sophomore Patrick McColl to score from first. McColl led the charge offensively with three hits and four RBI, while seniors Josh Ellis and Matt Hink and freshman Quinn Hoffman also pitched in two hits apiece in the twin bill.
Ellis, Hink and senior Drew Reid were honored before the game with a senior day ceremony, celebrating their many accomplishments both on and off the field.
Game One: Dartmouth 3, Harvard 0
Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson took the mound in game one, tossing his second-career complete game after striking out six batters and allowing just three runs. Sophomore Patrick Robinson and Ellis recorded hits for Harvard, with Robinson's going for a double.
All three Dartmouth runs came in the second, with a two-run triple and stolen base giving the Big Green a 3-0 lead. Rosenblum-Larson shut down the Big Green over the final five frames, giving up just three hits.
The Crimson left two runners aboard, coming in the fourth and sixth. Dartmouth starter Beau Sulser was able to get three-straight outs in the seventh to finish off the opening contest of the afternoon.
Game Two: Harvard 8, Dartmouth 7
McColl led the Crimson offense with three hits, three runs and four RBI in game two, and the Crimson walked off with a win after a single from Black into right field. Kevin Stone got the start on the mound, scattering six hits with three strikeouts over six innings. Freshman Kieran Shaw tallied his second-career victory, while freshman Grant Stone threw a pair of scoreless frames.
Harvard struck first in the second after an RBI-single from junior Jake Forte scored McColl, and the lead was pushed to 3-0 in the third after Ellis stole home and McColl singled through the left side, scoring Hoffman.
Dartmouth plated five in the middle innings to take a 5-3 advantage, and following a 52-minute lightning delay, a three-run home run well past the wall in right center from McColl gave Harvard back the lead in the seventh, 6-5. The homer was the sixth of the year for McColl.
Dartmouth jumped back on top with a home run in the ninth, 7-6, but the Crimson rallied with the game on the line to collect the victory. Hoffman led off the frame with a walk, and McColl followed with a single to second base. Black stepped up as the pinch hitter, and following a length at-bat, he ripped the game-winning single into right field to score Hoffman. McColl took advantage of a throwing error by the Dartmouth right fielder to tally the game-winning run on the play.
Harvard finished its season with 19 victories, which is the program's most since the 2006 campaign.