After a slight delay due to rain, the Crimson (28-15, 14-3 Ivy) hosted Dartmouth (29-16, 18-2) on Monday, dropping both games of a home doubleheader after splitting a pair of contests on Sunday in Hanover. The three losses to the Big Green on the weekend ensured that for the second year in a row, the Crimson will not represent the North Division in the Ivy League Championship series.
The Crimson’s pitching rotation, which had been so consistent all season, gave up 17 runs in the last two games—as many as it had given up in the previous nine games combined.
“Today was tough,” junior Emily Gusse said. “We came out and battled. They just came out a little bit hotter. It’s tough, and it’s never fun to lose your season. We are proud of what we have accomplished this year and looking forward we have learned a lot and we will grow from it.”
DARTMOUTH 9, HARVARD 2
With its season on the line, the Crimson came up short against the Big Green in the final game of the series.
Dartmouth came out with a bang early, when sophomore shortstop Katie McEachern hit a home run to left center field to put Dartmouth up two runs early.
The Crimson was unable to score, while the Big Green slowly racked up a five-run lead going into the bottom of the fifth. Harvard finally broke through when junior Katherine Lantz singled to right with runners on second and third, driving both home and putting the Crimson back in the game.
However, that momentum soon faded as the Big Green strung together three hits and four runs the next half-inning, pushing the score to an insurmountable 9-2.
Pitcher Morgan McCalmon picked up her tenth win of the season for the Big Green.
The loss means that the seniors, including co-captains Kasey Lange and Shelbi Olson, will not get another chance to reach the NCAA tournament, a feat they accomplished their first two seasons.
“Kasey and Shlebi are two great leaders that I have been fortunate enough to have three years with,” Gusse said. “I cannot speak highly enough of them.”
DARTMOUTH 8, HARVARD 2
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Big Green struck early, putting up three runs in the first inning and extending its lead throughout the game, ultimately downing the Crimson by a six-run margin.
Three singles were all it took for the Big Green to manufacture three runs in the first inning, using two sacrifice flies and a throwing error to advance runners.
The duo of junior Laura Ricciardone and freshman Taylor Cabe kept Harvard in the game for the first three innings, but they gave up a run in each of the next three innings on a pair of solo home runs and an RBI double.