HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard baseball team (20-9, 10-4 Ivy) took its fifth-consecutive Ivy League series, defeating Dartmouth (11-21, 5-9 Ivy) in both games of the Sunday doubleheader.
Game 1 – Harvard 2, Dartmouth 1:
The team began the doubleheader with a pitching duel, led by the Crimson's starter, Hunter Bigge. The junior led Harvard to eight strong innings on the bump, allowing just six hits and striking out seven batters. The Big Green's one run was unearned.
The team scored both runs thanks to junior Jake Suddleson. In the fourth inning, Suddleson followed senior Patrick McColl's double with a base hit up the middle, scoring McColl. The score would remain tied until the ninth inning, until Suddleson, yet again, singled to score the winning run.
Game 2 – Harvard 11, Dartmouth 3:
In the second game, the Harvard bats came alive. Despite allowing a second inning run to the Big Green, the Crimson answered with four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
The scoring began with a Suddleson single through the left side, scoring first-year Hunter Baldwin from third. Suddleson would come home on a Bigge single up the middle to give the team the lead. Senior Trent Bryan doubled the team's score with a triple to the right-center gap, scoring Bigge and junior Chad Minato.
In the fifth inning, senior Ben Skinner began the inning with a triple, scoring on a wild pitch to the next batter. Suddleson added yet another RBI, singling through the right side, plating Baldwin. McColl would then cross the plate after stealing home. Bigge rounded out the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Suddleson.
Bigge would secure the victory in the seventh inning, hitting a long home run to left field, getting Minato across the plate and increasing the lead to 10-3. Sophomore Buddy Mrowka came on to pitch hit in the ninth inning, plating classmate Tommy Seidl on a single through the right side.
- Registering his 12th save in the team's first game, junior Kieran Shaw set a new Ivy League record for single-season saves.
- Suddleson finished tied for the team lead in RBIs with four between the two games, including the crucial game-winning RBI in the ninth inning of the first game.
- Bigge also contributed four RBIs between the two games, as well as allowing no earned runs through eight innings, striking out seven. He earned his team-leading fifth win of the season.
- Sophomore Enzo Stefanoni earned his fourth win of the season, coming out of the bullpen to pitch four innings in the second game.
- In game two, all but one Crimson starter registered a hit, while four had multi-hit games.
The team will look to capture its first Ivy League sweep of the season, facing off against the Big Green in a rare Monday afternoon matchup at Biondi Park. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN+.