PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Dartmouth senior Clay Chatham held Georgetown to one run over eight innings to earn his first collegiate victory in a 4-1 win over the Hoyas on Sunday at the Snowbird Classic as the Big Green improved their record to 2-4. The Hoyas suffered their ninth straight defeat to start the 2018 season.
Chatham (1-0) threw 102 pitches over his eight innings on the mound, scattering seven hits without a walk while striking out a career-best six batters. The only run he surrendered came in the first after a leadoff double was following by a sacrifice bunt and a grounder to short. The right-hander was making his 13th career start and only once previously had thrown as many as five innings.
Georgetown starter Kevin Superko lived up to his name over the first four frames, facing just one over the minimum as he yielded a two-out single in the third and a walk in the fourth that was erased on a double play.
Dartmouth started a rally in the top of the fifth, however, when sophomore Michael Calamari stroked a leadoff base hit to center, then took second on sophomore Blake Crossing’s one-out single to right. Freshman Ubaldo Lopez was plunked on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases, but it looked like Superko might wriggle out of the jam by inducing a grounder to short. The ball was booted for an error as both Calamari and Crossing scampered home to give the Green a 2-1 lead.
In the sixth, Superko was lifted for reliever Beau Dana, who immediately walked senior Kyle Holbrook before senior Dustin Shirley found the hole between short and third for a base hit. A fielder’s choice at third and a fly to right that allowed Shirley to tag and take third left runners on the corners with two down, but Dana then balked home a run in the midst of a four-pitch walk to Crossing. Jimmy Swad was summoned from the bullpen, and Lopez greeted him by shooting an RBI single — his first collegiate hit — to right for a 4-1 lead.
Chatham, meanwhile, did not allow another runner past second base after the first inning, retiring the side in order in the second, sixth and eighth stanzas. Georgetown put the leadoff batter on base in the third, fourth and fifth frames, but the 6-6 righty kept the Hoyas at bay with a strikeout each time along with an inning-ending double play in the fifth.
In the seventh, Georgetown strung together back-to-back two-out singles only to have Chatham fire a third strike past Austin Shirley, who had the only extra-base hit of the day with that first-inning double.
Sophomore right-hander Austen Michel relieved Chatham to start the ninth, only allowing a one-out single to record his first career save.
Dartmouth managed just five singles at the plate with Calamari scoring twice and rookies McCaskill and Lopez each driving in a run.
Eddie McCabe had three of the Hoyas’ eight hits out of the nine-hole, and Ryan M. Davis had the lone RBI for Georgetown.
Superko (0-3) was tagged with the loss despite yielding just two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk while fanning four.
The Big Green don’t play again for 10 days due to winter exams, after which they will spend spring break in California, starting with a game at UC Santa Barbara on March 14 at 3 p.m. local time.
Notes: In 40 games last year, Dartmouth had just one starter throw eight innings — Michael Danielak in a win at 26th-ranked UCF. The final score of that game was also 4-1 … junior Sean Sullivan did not have a hit after hitting safely in each of the first five games with at least two hits in the previous four contests. He is still batting .417 on the season … this was the first game between the two schools in 52 years and first win for the Big Green over Georgetown since 1963. The Hoyas lead the all-time series, 11-8.