Crimson Loses Final Two Games of Season
After dropping two games at Dartmouth on Saturday, the Harvard baseball team (9-36, 5-15 Ivy) hoped to rebound at home in its third and fourth contests against the Big Green (28-10, 14-6). But unfortunately for the Crimson, this season’s Rolfe Division champions upheld their title, as Harvard dropped both games of its final twinbill of the season at O’Donnell Field yesterday afternoon.
DARTMOUTH 10, HARVARD 8
Before the start of the sixth inning, the Crimson was up 6-1 over last year’s Ivy League champions. But a 9-2 run in the remaining three innings led Dartmouth to victory.
“We were in the second [game of the day]…and I wish we could have come out on top,” captain catcher Tyler Albright said. “It was exciting and kind of a downer to go out of the season like that.”
Harvard came out strong in yesterday’s nightcap, as junior second baseman Jeff Reynolds batted in senior shortstop Sean O’Hara for the first score of the game with two outs in the first. Albright carried the momentum into the second inning, batting in two runners to push Harvard to an early 3-0 lead.
In the top of the third, O’Hara hit a long home run over the scoreboard to put the Crimson up by four, and in the following two innings, Harvard outscored Dartmouth, 2-1.
“O’Hara’s [home run] was an absolute bomb, and that was awesome for him,” Albright said. “He just absolutely crushed that.”
Senior pitcher Ben Sestanovich started the game for the Crimson, striking out eight batters and allowing two hits in 5.1 innings.
In the top of the sixth, Dartmouth took over, earning three runs to put the game within two on a two-RBI single from senior second baseman Jeff Onstott and an RBI fly out from sophomore Ennis Coble.
Harvard came back to close out the inning, as freshman leftfielder Jack Colton hit a home run to left field and batted in freshman outfielder Jeff Hajdin.
“[Colton’s hit] was a laser shot through the bushes,” Albright said. “It helps us gain a lot of momentum when we have guys who can hit it out of the yard like that.”
Although Harvard increased its lead to four in the bottom of the sixth, a five-run seventh inning put the Big Green on top.
“When you’re giving up 10 runs on six hits, it’s just not there,” Walsh said. “When you get in the game and you’re up 8-4 going into the last couple innings, you need to win those games.”
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, senior leftfielder Sam Franklin hit a groundball right to the Dartmouth infield but a missed throw allowed the senior to get on base. The Crimson was unable to capitalize on the error, as senior shortstop Sean O’Hara grounded out to end the game.
DARTMOUTH 3, HARVARD 1