Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Dartmouth to Close Ivy Play

Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Dartmouth to Close Ivy Play

Klug knocked his second homer of the year in the first game of the twin bill (Elan Kawesch).

HANOVER, N.H. – After the second doubleheader against Dartmouth was postponed due to rain, Harvard baseball split a twin bill with the Big Green on Tuesday afternoon, with each picking up a 3-1 victory. Harvard finished the year at 17-24 overall and 9-11 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth moved to 18-24 on the season and 11-9 in the Ancient Eight.

Game One: W, 3-1

Harvard picked up a 3-1 victory in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader behind freshman Kevin Stone's first-career complete game. Stone gave up only one run and seven hits over seven frames, fanning three big green hitters in the process.

Senior Mitch Klug led the Crimson at the plate, recording a game-high three hits with a home run. Sophomore Matt Rothenberg and freshman Patrick McColl also drove in runs for Harvard, while junior Josh Ellis tallied a pair of base hits.

Rothenberg opened the scoring in the third with an RBI groundout to shortstop, plating junior Drew Reid. The lead jumped to 2-0 when McColl connected on an RBI-double down the left field line. Freshman Trent Bryan scored on the play.

Klug teed off for his second home run of the year in the seventh inning, driving the ball over the fence in left center to give Harvard a 3-0 lead. Dartmouth added one in the bottom of the seventh, but Stone forced the Big Green into a foul out to close the game and lockup the victory.

Game Two: L, 3-1

The Crimson dropped game two of the doubleheader, 3-1, as the team left 12 runners on base throughout the contest. Klug and sophomore Conor Quinn tallied two hits apiece, while Reid drove home the only run for Harvard.

Sophomore Ian Miller got the start on the hill, throwing three innings with four strikeouts against two earned runs. Sophomore Dylan Combs and seniors Matt Sanders, Shaun Rubin and Nick Scahill combined for 4.2 scoreless innings in relief.

An RBI groundout put the Big Green on top, 1-0, in the third inning, and extended the advantage to 2-0 an inning later with a fielder's choice. Quinn and freshman Ben Skinner got on base to kick off the sixth, and Reid hit into a fielder's choice at second to plate Quinn.

A sacrifice fly gave Dartmouth a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Harvard went down in order to close out the contest.

Harvard finished its campaign with a 9-11 mark in Ivy play, its best mark since 2010.