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After graduating only three seniors from the 2013 squad and returning a host of players to its roster, the Harvard baseball team had its sights set on the top of the Ivy League—a place the program had not been since 2005.
Dartmouth rode a pair of big innings to 9-0 and 5-3 victories over Harvard on Senior Day at O'Donnell Field.
In a postponed series from Saturday, Harvard dropped two straight games at home to Dartmouth.
Co-captain utilityman Carlton Bailey, who leads the Crimson with a .317 batting average, added to his mark on Monday against UMass in the championship round of the Beanpot. Bailey went 2-for-3 to help Harvard celebrate Patriots Day with its third all-time Beanpot win, and first since 2005.
After coming off of a rocky series against Yale, the Harvard baseball team secured the Beanpot Championship against UMass for the first time in nine years.
Harvard began Saturday's doubleheader with a win over Yale, 6-2, but could not keep up play in the second game, falling to the Bulldogs, 8-2.
After splitting Saturday’s games with the Bulldogs (17-19, 9-7 Ivy), the Crimson (10-24, 5-11 Ivy) suffered two extra-inning nail-biters on Easter Sunday to fall four games off the division leading pace.
Going into Wednesday, the Harvard and Princeton baseball teams had been waiting eagerly for 18 days to get a chance to face off in a full game.
Co-captain Kyle Larrow, shown here in previous action, registered two hits in Tuesday’s doubleheader. A pair of big innings for the Dartmouth offense —a nine-run sixth in the first game and a four-run fifth in the rubber contest—sent the Crimson to two losses in its final games of the season.
The Crimson exploded with a six-hit, seven-run seventh inning on Saturday and a seven-hit, eight-run first frame on Sunday, but the Harvard offense was largely silent in its two losses.
Although the Eagles managed a run in the top of the ninth, Harvard would hang on to defeat its crosstown rival, 6-5, in the first round of the Beanpot at O’Donnell Field Wednesday afternoon.
The Crimson allowed at least seven runs in every contest against Penn and Columbia and committed a combined 11 errors, leading to 13 unearned runs.
On a windy day in April 2013, the Harvard baseball team took the field against Princeton in the rubber game of a doubleheader. The Crimson had decisively lost the first contest to the Tigers, 13-1, and was looking to bounce back to split the series at O’Donnell Field. What ensued was wilder than anyone could have imagined.