HANOVER, N.H. — Junior Kyle Holbrook and freshman Michael Calamari homered to back the pitching of senior Michael Danielak in a 2-1 victory for host Dartmouth (21-16-1, 10-8 Ivy) in the opening game of a doubleheader against Harvard, but the Crimson (18-22, 6-12 Ivy) stole game two, 7-6, thanks to a six-run eighth, salvaging a twinbill split at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Saturday afternoon.

The loss turned out not to matter in the Rolfe Division race in the Ivy League standings as Yale (25-16, 14-4) took the second game of a doubleheader against Brown and has clinched the division crown with two games left in the season.

Holbrook gave the Big Green a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first by crushing a 1-0 pitch well over the right-field fence and onto Leverone Field House for his fourth round-tripper of the season. Leading off the fourth, it was Calamari's turn to yank a home run out to right, the first of his career, doubling the Dartmouth advantage to 2-0.

Aside from a first-inning triple by Patrick Robinson with two down, Danielak was in command, shutting out Harvard for the first six stanzas. With the 2-0 lead still intact to start the seventh and final frame, Patrick McColl stroked a leadoff double before Matt Rothenberg worked Danielak for a walk, putting the tying runs on base with nobody out.

Head coach Bob Whalen decided Danielak was done after throwing 96 pitches and called upon the Ivy League's leader in saves, Chris Burkholder, to shut the door. The senior right-hander added to the drama by plunking the first batter he faced with an 0-2 pitch, but proceeded to get the first out on strikes. A fly to right by pinch hitter Austin Black allowed one runner to score and another to advance to third, but the tying run died there when Burkholder pumped a full-count fastball past the Crimson batter to secure his eighth save of the season.

Danielak improved to 7-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.64 on the season with his six-plus innings of three-hit ball with two walks, being charged with the one run while striking out seven. No more than one Harvard hitter reached base against him until the seventh.

Ian Miller (3-5) was stuck with the loss for making just two mistakes in his complete-game effort. The right-hander allowed the two runs on five hits and a solitary walk to go with three strikeouts. After Calamari's long ball to start the fourth, he retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced, issuing just a two-walk in the fifth to senior Adam Gauthier.

Holbrook and Calamari both went 2-for-3 with a solo homer with sophomore Matt Feinstein collecting the other hit.

It seemed that Dartmouth would come away with a sweep on the day, jumping out to a 6-1 lead through six innings. Holbrook continued his torrid hitting with a two-out, two-run double in the third, junior Dustin Shirley hit his league-leading seventh sacrifice fly and Gauthier trotted home on a passed ball in the fifth, and junior Justin Fowler lined a two-run double in the sixth to score senior Michael Ketchmark and Calamari, who had also doubled, to account for the Big Green runs.

Meanwhile, sophomore right-hander Cole O'Connor cruised through the first five innings before the Crimson finally touched him for a run in the sixth on a Quinn Hoffman RBI double. Left-hander Marc Bachman came in from the bullpen and retired the two dangerous left-handed hitters in the middle of the order, Robinson and McColl, to end the inning.

After another shutout stanza from Bachman, Dartmouth needed three pitchers to get through the rocky eighth. Pinch hitter Jake Suddleson brought home the first run of the inning with a triple and scored on a Hoffman single with one out, cutting the Big Green lead down to three. After a grounder to third brought about the second out, McColl and Jake Forte hit back-to-back doubles to make it a one-run game.

Shortstop Nate Ostmo made a sliding stop on a grounder up the middle, but his throw to first was a split-second late, putting runners on the corners. Burkholder then emerged from the bullpen to try and get the final out, and it looked like he had it on a deep drive to center that was run down, only to be dropped as both runners scored to give Harvard its first lead of either game at 7-6.

The first two Dartmouth hitters walked to start the eighth, and the next one got ahead of reliever Kieran Shaw 3-0 before he battled back for the strikeout, then retired the next two hitters to escape the jam. Shaw then set the side down in order in the ninth for his third save.

Crimson starter Nick Zavolas (3-6) navigated through seven innings to earn the victory, allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits and three walks while fanning two.

Freshman Austen Michel (0-2) took the loss for yielding three runs, only one earned on three hits in his one-third of an inning.

Hoffman was the lone Harvard hitter with two hits and two RBIs as the Crimson totaled nine safeties.

Dartmouth banged out 10 hits, two apiece by Holbrook, Ostmo and Gauthier with Holbrook driving in two and Gauthier scoring twice.

The two teams will complete the 2017 season with a doubleheader tomorrow at Harvard's O'Donnell Field at 1 p.m. The games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Notes: Dartmouth honored its eight graduating seniors between games of the doubleheader as they played their final game at home ... Holbrook has reached base safely in 36 of the 38 Big Green games this season ... the loss for Michel was just the ninth decision for Dartmouth relievers this year and just the second loss for the Green when leading after seven innings.