Brown (7-24, 4-8 Ivy) started last week off strong with two big wins but lost its last three games over the weekend. The Bears’ good fortune started last Wednesday, when they hosted UConn (20-16), the second-best team in the Big East Conference. In a close game, Brown’s offense put up an impressive 18-hit performance en route to an 8-7 victory over the Huskies. The win was sealed with a walk-off RBI single from co-captain Graham Tyler. Brown managed to carry some of this momentum to its weekend series against Dartmouth, winning Saturday’s first game, 4-3. After their first win over the Big Green, the Bears’ luck ran out, and they lost Saturday’s nightcap, 9-5, and dropped both of Sunday’s games. The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, hosting a doubleheader against Holy Cross before heading to Harvard this weekend.
The Big Red (24-8-1, 10-2 Ivy) remains at the top of the Ancient Eight after three weeks of competition. After hitting a speed bump last Wednesday against Binghamton, losing, 6-4, the Big Red rebounded during the weekend, beating the visiting Columbia team in the first three games of the series before losing the nightcap on Sunday, 5-1. Game one of the first doubleheader was a low-scoring affair, as Cornell won, 2-1, in eight innings. Pitcher Connor Kaufmann threw the entire game, allowing only one Light Blue run before tying the game in the seventh to force the game into extra innings. Outfielder Brian Billigen scored the winning run for Cornell behind a sacrifice fly by infielder Ryan Plantier. The Big Red went on to win Saturday’s nightcap, 3-0, before splitting Sunday’s twin bill. Cornell’s success did not carry over to Tuesday when it faced off against Sienna. The Saints swept the Big Red, 6-2 and 5-4. Cornell returns to action this weekend when it hosts Penn.
Dartmouth (12-15, 7-5 Ivy) remains on top of the Red Rolfe Division, leading Harvard, Brown, and Yale with a 7-5 record. After putting Holy Cross away with a 4-2 win last Wednesday, the Big Green headed to Rhode Island to take on Brown. After losing Saturday’s first game, the Big Green came back in the nightcap, winning, 9-5. Dartmouth’s best performance of the week came on Sunday during a 12-1 rout of Brown. After scoring hits from Dustin Selzer, Chris O’Dowd, and David Turnbull, the Big Green found itself atop a 5-0 lead after the end of the first inning, a lead that it carried to the end of the game. Dartmouth went on to sweep Brown on Sunday after winning the nightcap, 9-5. The Big Green visits Hartford this Wednesday before taking on Yale next weekend.
After dropping Wednesday’s game at Northeastern, 9-4, the Crimson split both Saturday and Sunday’s doubleheaders at Yale. Harvard dropped game one on Saturday, 3-2, in eight innings, but came back in the nightcap and won, 7-6. On Sunday, Harvard came back from a three-run deficit in the opener, tying the game with a three-run sixth inning. With Andrew Ferreira’s strong pitching, the Crimson was able to take the game on an unearned run in the eighth. Harvard went on to lose the nightcap, 5-3. This Wednesday, the Crimson plays Massachusetts before hosting Brown this weekend.
Penn (15-16, 6-6 Ivy) had a tough week last week, losing four of five. After dropping a home game against La Salle last Wednesday, the Quakers headed to New Jersey to face Princeton. A Saturday sweep by the home team left Penn with a 0-3 record for the week. Penn’s one win came in Sunday’s opener, during which ace Vince Voiro kept the game close early. Runs from outfielder Ryan Deitrich and catchers Derek Vigoa and Austin Bossart in the top of the sixth gave the Quakers a 4-0 lead. Although the Tigers fought back, eventually tying in the seventh, they never took the lead and Penn cruised to its first and only victory. The Quakers lost Sunday’s nightcap, 13-7. Penn also lost to St. Joseph’s in the Liberty Bell Classic championship at Citizens Bank Park, 6-3.Penn returns home to face Cornell this weekend.
Princeton (16-13, 9-3 Ivy) holds the Ivy League’s second-best record after going 3-1 this weekend against Penn. After cruising to victory over the Quakers in game one, the Tigers needed a ninth inning comeback to sweep them in game two. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, catcher Tyler Servais started the comeback with an RBI single. RBI singles by outfielder Steve Harrington and infielder Alec Keller secured the Tigers the win and the sweep. Following Saturday’s close call, the Tigers split with the Quakers on Sunday. Princeton hosts St. John’s this Wednesday before heading to New York to face Columbia this weekend.
Yale (8-26-1, 2-10 Ivy) managed to win its first conference games against Harvard last weekend. Following a sweep in Wednesday’s doubleheader against Fairfield, Yale split with division rival Harvard on both Saturday and Sunday. Taking advantage of the home field, the Bulldogs ended a 12-game skid with a 3-2 victory in the series opener against the Crimson. All three Yale runs came off sacrifice flies, and shortstop Cale Hanson went 2-for-8 in both games, extending his on-base streak to 31 consecutive games. Yale similarly split Sunday’s twin bill, losing game one, 4-3, and winning the nightcap, 5-3. The Bulldogs notched another win on Tuesday over Sacred Heart, 7-4. This weekend Yale heads to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth.