Location: O'Donnell Field, Cambridge, Mass./Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, Hanover, N.H.
First pitch: Doubleheader Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m.; doubleheader Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. (SENIOR DAY)
Series Record vs. Harvard: Crimson lead, 128-106
Live Video via Big Green Insider ($) on Sunday
Live Audio — (Wayne Young ’72 play-by-play, Orli Kleiner '12 analyst) on Sunday
Complete Game Notes
On the Cusp of Clinching
Dartmouth enters the weekend with a four-game lead in the Rolfe Division over Harvard, which means just one Big Green victory in the four-game series would give head coach Bob Whalen and his crew their fifth consecutive division title. They still have an outside shot to host the Ivy Championship Series, which will take place May 5-6. All it would take is a four-game sweep of the Crimson and Princeton winning at least three of its four games versus Cornell.
In addition, Dartmouth is on a 10-game win streak, the 10th time the club has reached double figures on a winning streak in its history. This is also the third time in the past four years the Green have accomplished this feat, winning 11 in a row just last year.
Last Week in Review
• Dartmouth swept Yale in a four-game series last weekend, winning two one-run games on the first day — 4-3 and 5-4, the latter in 12 innings — then 2-0 and 8-4 the following day.
• Senior Jake Carlson drove home the winning run in the opener with two outs in the sixth, the sophomore Dustin Selzer provided a walk-off single in the 12th of the Friday nightcap.
• The next day, Selzer launched a two-run homer to account for all of the scoring in a 2-0 win, supporting the three-hit shutout by junior Kyle Hunter, the first whitewashing of his career.
• Junior Michael Johnson tossed seven strong innings to wrap up the series, and sophomore Jeff Keller drove in three runs on three hits, including a two-run blast.
• The Big Green won both of their mid-week games as well, topping Quinnipiac on Tuesday, 5-3, then knocking off Boston College on the road, 9-6, as freshman Chris England got the victory in his first collegiate start.
Last Time Against the Crimson
Entering the final weekend of the season tied with Yale for the Rolfe Division lead, Dartmouth wrapped up the title with a four-game sweep of Harvard. Kyle Hunter went the distance in the opener in Hanover in a 4-1 victory as Sam Bean and Jeff Onstott blasted home runs. In the nightcap, three Big Green hurlers combined on a shutout, and Dartmouth broke through for three runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to earn a 6-0 win. Kyle Hendricks outdueled Brent Suter in game one in Cambridge, 3-1, and the Big Green rallied from an 8-4 deficit in the seventh to take the second game, 10-8, to complete the sweep.
Overall Record vs. Harvard
• By the end of this series, Dartmouth will have played the Crimson more than any other opponent. But Harvard holds a 128-106 lead against the Green.
• Dartmouth twice has swept Harvard in a four-game series since the format changed in 1993 (1995 and 2011). Since 2000, only once have the Big Green not at least split with the Crimson, that coming in 2005.
• Since 1923, Dartmouth is 47-35 (.573) when hosting Harvard, including a 5-1 mark at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park.
• Harvard has been playing at the site of O’Donnell Field since 1898, beating Dartmouth in the inaugural game, 13-7. Since 1923, the Big Green are 36-53 (.404) at the site.
Scouting the Crimson
• Harvard got off to a horrific start this season, losing 16 of its first 17 games, although 10 of those games came against teams among the top 50 in the RPI. Since then, the Crimson are 10-11 with two wins over Boston College and a series victory over Brown.
• While averaging almost exactly four runs a game for the season, Harvard is scoring 4.63 runs in league play while hitting .300 against Ivy teams.
• Shortstop Jake McGuiggan is vying for the Blair Bat Award with a .412 average in the league with his DP partner Jeff Reyonds coming in at .390.
• Crimson pitchers have been roughed up a bit, sporting a 6.46 ERA against the Ivy League. Overall on the season, however, the team ERA is more than a full run lower at 5.18.
• This team has struggled on defense with an average of two errors per game and a .946 fielding percentage for the season.
Probable Starting Pitchers
• Nothing new here for Dartmouth as head coach will send his four left-handers to the mound this weekend, beginning with sophomore LHP Mitch Horacek (3-2, 4.76) in the opener. In four of his last five starts, he has allowed exactly three runs while surrendering two in the other. Freshman LHP Adam Frank (3-1, 5.09) gets the game ball in the nightcap and is the only starter that has seen the Green win each of his league starts. Back in Hanover on Sunday, junior LHP (2-3, 6.07) looks to continue his resurgence of late, having given up a total of just five runs in his last three starts, all complete games. As he has each conference weekend, junior LHP (3-1, 4.69) will wrap up the series. He has provided Dartmouth with a quality start in three of his four Ivy outings.
• Harvard will also start with a southpaw in game one in LHP Brent Suter (2-5, 3.91), who has struck out 40 and sports a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After that, however, the Crimson hurlers will veer to the right, starting with RHP Connor Hulse (0-1, 3.91) in Saturday’s nightcap. Hulse held Brown in check last week, yielding two runs over six innings. On Sunday, RHP Jake Novak (0-3, 4.97), will try to get a decision in a conference game despite having started three games against league foes. The final game goes to either RHP Tanner Anderson (2-3, 8.64), whose ERA is skewed by his latest start in which he did not get out of the first inning, or RHP Baron Davis (2-2, 3.18) who has only appeared out of the bullpen against Ivy teams.
What’s Up Next
With at least one victory against Harvard, Dartmouth will play in the Ivy Championship Series next weekend after a final non-conference bout against Hartford in Hanover on Tuesday. Should the Crimson win all four, the Big Green will return to Cambridge next Saturday for a one-game playoff to determine which team will play in the championship series against the Gehrig Division champ the following weekend.
For the third time in four years and 10th time ever, Dartmouth has strung together 10 consecutive victories. The offense has hit .332 during the streak with eight homers, a .414 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 17 attempts, while the pitching staff has posted a 3.31 ERA and walked just 1.4 batters per nine innings.
Jolly Young England
Freshman Chris England, fresh off his first collegiate victory at Hartford on April 18, also won his very first start the following week at none other than ACC foe Boston College. He pitched five-plus innings, yielding just one run in the first four frames before giving up three more in the fifth. But he left with a three-run lead in the sixth, which held up in a 9-6 triumph, the second straight year Dartmouth has knocked off the Eagles.
For the third straight year, the Dartmouth-Yale series turned out to be a four-game sweep. Two years ago, the Big Green won all four in Hanover, only to have the Bulldogs exact their revenge last year in New Haven. Dartmouth returned the favor again this year, leaving Yale as one of the two Ivy teams without a win on Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, the other being Princeton.
Hunter No Longer the Hunted
Junior lefty has shaken off the shaky start to his 2012 campaign to become the reliable hurler he has been throughout his career. On April 21, he recorded his first collegiate shutout, holding Yale to three hits in the seven-inning contest and facing just one over the minimum to earn his first Ivy Pitcher of the Week award. In his last three starts, Hunter boasts a 2.14 ERA with three complete games.
Third Top Rookie
On April 20, freshman RHP Thomas Olson picked up the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award as he pulled double-duty by pitching in both ends of a doubleheader against Yale, garnering a save in the opener and his first collegiate victory in the nightcap. He joined Matt Robinson and as recipients of the award this year.
13 Lucky, 14 Not So Much
Sophomore Dustin Selzer hit in 13 straight games before having his streak snapped in the final game against Yale. But during those 13 contests, the first baseman hit .457 with five homers and 24 RBIs. He also provided a walk-off single in the 12th in the second game of the series and slammed a two-run homer to account for the only runs of the 2-0 win the next day. After going hitless in versus the Bulldogs, Selzer got right back at it, going 3-for-8 with four RBIs in wins over Quinnipiac and Boston College.
Gab on the Green
• Senior has been scorching hot at the plate over the last 10 games, hitting .568 (21-of-37), lifting his batting average 102 points to .370, good for fourth in the Ivy League.
• Until Boston College hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning on April 25, Dartmouth had not allowed more than five runs in a game since an 8-0 loss at Princeton in the first game of a doubleheader, ending a streak of 19 consecutive games.
• Senior Joe Sclafani leads the Ivy League in the triple-slash stats in conference play, batting .414 with a .521 on-base percentage and a .724 slugging percentage in the 16 games thus far.
• Sophomore Jeff Keller finally has enough plate appearances to qualify for the overall batting title, and he sits atop the chart with a .381 average.
• The bullpen ERA in conference games is a miniscule 0.96 spanning 28.0 innings.
• The 12-inning victory over Yale was the longest Big Green game in four years (Vermont, 12 inn.).
• While Selzer lost his 13-game hitting streak, freshman Thomas Roulis had his 10-gamer snapped as well — thanks to a pinch-hitting appearance at Boston College.
• The 14 runs in the win at Hartford on April 18 were the most for Dartmouth in just over a year. The Green rallied for a 15-10 win over Boston College last year on April 12.
• Thanks to those 20 hits at Hartford, the Big Green boosted their team batting average to .300 (rounded up, mind you), tops in the league.
• Senior Max Langford must use mind control — 11 of the 17 batters he has struck out this year have watched the third strike go by.
• As a team, the Big Green are hitting a combined .338 in the fifth through eighth innings. Selzer alone is hitting .456 from the fifth inning through the end of the game.