Baseball Set for Home-and-Home Weekend Series with Dartmouth
The Harvard Crimson baseball team wraps up its 2011 season this weekend with a four-game home-and-home series against Dartmouth. The Crimson travels to Hanover, N.H. for a doubleheader on Saturday before returning home for the finale at O'Donnell Field on Sunday.
Harvard split a four-game weekend series last weekend with division-leading Yale by claiming the nightcap in each doubleheader. Max Perlman threw a complete-game shutout on Friday afternoon, striking out 10 batters and scattering four singles in a 1-0 Harvard win. Yale did not advance a runner past second base against the former freshman All-American. On Sunday, Jake McGuiggan homered and the Crimson banged out 10 hits in a 10-3 win.
McGuiggan led Harvard with a .391 batting average and a .609 slugging percentage in seven games last week. He had a hit in all but one game with three multi-hit efforts. He drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over Yale on Friday with a suicide squeeze and had a two-run homer in a win over the Bulldogs on Sunday. He had a pair of doubles against Bryant on Tuesday and was also 2-for-4 in a 1-0 win against Massachusetts in the first round of the Beanpot.
On Tuesday, Harvard fell to Boston College in the Beanpot title game, 8-0. McGuiggan and Dillon O'Neill each had two hits in the game but Harvard was unable to push a run across.
Perlman was named the Ivy League's Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against Yale and enters the weekend as the league's top pitcher with a 1.69 ERA on the strength of 51 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. Eric Eadington has also pitched well with 48 strikeouts in 46.1 innings while Ben Sestanovich (2-1, 2.88 ERA) earned a win against Yale last weekend.
Dartmouth carries a 22-game home winning streak into Saturday's games including as 12-0 mark this season. The Big Green sits atop the Rolfe Division with Yale at 10-6 overall although the Bulldogs swept Dartmouth two weeks ago.
Joe Sclafani leads Dartmouth with a .383 batting average with 20 extra base hits including seven triples to go with 29 RBI. Ennis Coble (.366) leads the way with 33 RBI and a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts. Chris O'Dowd (.323) supplies the team's power with five round trippers.
Kyle Hendricks (3-3, 2.30 ERA) has struck out 57 batters in just 47 innings while Cole Susler follows with 49 striketous in 48.2 innings with a 4-1 record and a 2.59 ERA. Ryan Smith (201, 4.29, 3 SV) is the main man out of the bullpen with 21 K's in 21.0 innings.