HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard baseball team clashed with Dartmouth on Saturday at Biondi Park, but the Crimson (18-22, 7-11 Ivy) dropped a pair of games to its Red Rolfe Division rivals (18-19, 13-4 Ivy), 8-1 and 4-3.
Harvard belted out 15 hits on the day, led by Conor Quinn (3-for-4), Drew Reid (3-for-8) and Ethan Ferreira (2-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR), but left 14 runners on base between the two games. Sean Poppen was dealt the loss in the first game, going 4.2 IP, giving up eight runs on seven hits, issuing four walks in his ninth start. Matt Timoney was running through the Dartmouth order in Game 2, but found trouble in the seventh, as he yielded a run and was responsible for three more in the inning before giving way to T.J. Laurisch. Timoney's final line read 6.0 IP, giving up four runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Game 1 – Dartmouth 8, Harvard 1
The Big Green made an early impact in the first game of the twin bill, scoring at least a run in each of the first five innings. A steal of home made it 1-0 Dartmouth after the first, but John Fallon singled to second in the top of the second inning, sending Matt Hink across the plate, knotting things up at 1-1 with two outs.
But from there, the Big Green kept adding to the lead. Dartmouth tacked on two runs in the bottom half of the inning, two over the third and fourth frames, and capped it off with a three-run fifth, thanks to a Holbrook three-run shot over the right field fence. The Crimson managed a pair of hits in the top of the seventh to make things interesting as runners were on second and third with no one out, but a strikeout and a double play ended things quickly with the final at 8-1.
Game 2 – Dartmouth 4, Harvard 3
With Matt Timoney on the hill for the second game of the afternoon, the Crimson had the upper hand. The senior hurler whipped through the lineup, giving up just two hits through six full innings. Conor Quinn and Ethan Ferreira teamed up to get the first run on the board as the freshman Quinn singled to short, plating the senior Ferreira to make it 1-0.
In the top of the fourth, Ferreira added his fifth home run of the year and extended Harvard's lead to 2-0 with a solo shot over the left field wall on the second pitch he saw of the at-bat. Later in the sixth, Mike Martin turned a single through the left side into the Crimson's third run after a steal and an eventual sac fly from Jake McGuiggan moved him across to make it 3-0.
But the Big Green took advantage of six successful at bats to start the frame. Five hits, including a leadoff double, quickly pushed things in a different direction as Dartmouth ended the home half of the seventh up 4-3.
The Crimson was unable to muster any more offense to make a run, going in order in the final two innings as the Big Green took Game 2, 4-3.