Ivy League doubleheaders normally consist of a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game, but the order will be reversed to accommodate the broadcast of the nine-inning contest.
This is the first time Dartmouth will play in a televised game since its appearance in the 2010 NCAA Regional hosted by the University of Miami in which the Big Green went 1-2, beating Florida International (15-9) between losses to the host Hurricanes (12-8) and Texas A&M (4-3), the latter two of which were nationally ranked.
Dartmouth (11-1) is off to its best 12-game start in over 140 seasons of varsity baseball that dates back to 1866, and is receiving votes in the national polls conducted by USA Today and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. While the Big Green currently have the best overall record in the Ivy League, Cornell (11-5) has won seven straight contests and owns the top record in the Gehrig Division.
Last year the Big Red hosted the best-of-three ICS, splitting a doubleheader with Dartmouth to force a winner-take-all game three. The two teams played into the 11th inning when Cornell’s Chris Cruz hit a two-run, walk-off homer to give the Big Red a 3-1 victory and the Ivy crown.
Winners of the last five Rolfe Division titles, the Big Green have won more league games than any other team in the Ancient Eight since 2000 (161), and more overall games since the league went to a divisional format in 1993 (423).
Next up for Dartmouth is the home opener on Wednesday, March 27 against Siena (6-14) at 3 p.m. The Big Green have won 11 of their last 12 home openers and 17 of 23 under head coach Bob Whalen. Fans can watch the game online by subscribing to the Big Green Insider on the official website of Dartmouth Athletics, DartmouthSports.com. Wayne Young ’72, a catcher for the 1970 Big Green squad that advanced to the College World Series, will once again call the action on the field.