HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth hammered three Siena pitchers for a season-high 15 runs as the Big Green won their home opener for the 12th time in the last 13 years, defeating the Saints at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Wednesday afternoon, 15-7. Junior Dustin Selzer and sophomore Matt MacDowell each had three hits to pace a Dartmouth (12-1) offense that featured every starter recording at least one hit.
Siena (6-16) was led by Vincent Citro with three of the team’s 10 hits and two RBIs, including a run-scoring triple, while Brian Fay contributed a three-run homer, his second four-bagger of the season.
MacDowell provided two singles and a key three-run triple in the third that gave the Green the lead for good, while Selzer added a pair of singles and a double while scoring twice and driving in a run. Junior Jeff Keller was 2-for-3 with two walks, a double and a two-run round-tripper, his first of the season, and sophomore Nick Lombardi belted his team-leading third homer, a three-run job to cap the scoring in the game.
Dartmouth jumped on Saint starter Dan Dopico (0-1) for a run in the first on a Selzer two-out RBI double to the gap in right-center, and Keller launched his two-run bomb in the second for a 3-0 Big Green lead.
But Siena stormed back in the top of the third, taking advantage of a lead-off walk to the ninth hitter in the order, Tyler Martis, who immediately scored on Citro’s triple. Dartmouth sophomore starter Adam Frank blindly stopped a liner up the middle and recovered for the first out, but Mike Fish made it a one-run game with dribbler up the first-base line that he beat out for a single. Fish quickly stole second and scored on a Larry Balkwill single between short and third. After John Rooney drew a walk, freshman Duncan Robinson was summoned from the bullpen. His third pitch was pulled down the right-field line just fair by Fay for a three-run blast and a 6-3 Saint lead.
That lead was short-lived, however, as the Big Green responded with five runs of their own in the bottom half. The inning began with a single, hit batter and a walk to load the bases, and Lombardi skied a ball to center for a sacrifice fly. Dopico got the second out on an pop-up down the left-field line that the shortstop corralled, but when Keller walked to load the bases again, MacDowell lined a pitch into the right-field corner to clear the bases and put Dartmouth back on top before freshman Nick Ruppert stroked an RBI double to make it an 8-6 game and end Dopico’s day.
|Matt Parisi turns a double play in the seventh inning. The Big Green did not commit an error for the seventh time in 13 games this season.|
Neither team scored in the fourth, but the Green got the bats going again in the fifth as Ruppert hit an RBI single to score Keller who had doubled. A single by sophomore Matt Parisi loaded the bases, and freshman Trent Goodrich brought home another run with a sacrifice fly for the second out. Senior Ennis Coble then dumped a pitch toward the left-field corner that spun away from the fielder for a two-run double for a 12-6 Dartmouth advantage.
Siena strung together three two-out singles in the sixth, the last one off the bat of Citro, for its seventh run.
Lombardi left no doubt to the outcome of the game in the bottom of the eighth when he hit a towering shot to left to score Coble and Selzer.
Junior Louis Concato (1-1) was credited with the victory after pitching the fifth and sixth innings, yielding a run on three hits with one strikeout. Each of junior Mike Dodakian and freshmen Beau Sulser and Michael Danielak threw an inning to close out the game, with Danielak striking out the side in the ninth to end the contest with a flourish.
Dopico was roughed up for eight runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings of work, walking two and hitting two as well.
Dartmouth returns to the road this weekend to begin its quest for a sixth straight Rolfe Division title in the Ivy League, traveling to Philadelphia for a noon doubleheader on Saturday against Penn (13-7) before going to New York for a noon twinbill on Sunday against Columbia (7-12). Next up for Siena is a home MAAC series with Marist starting Thursday at 3 p.m.
Notes: Dartmouth is now 56-7 at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park since the stadium was built and FieldTurf was installed before the 2009 season, the second-best winning percentage (.889) in Division I during that span (Manhattan is 58-5, .921) … Lombardi's home run in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 13 games dating back to last year … Lombardi also has an errorless streak at third base that is now 39 games … Frank lasted just 2.1 innings, the first time this season a Big Green starter did not pitch at least five frames … the Dartmouth defense entered the game 21st nationally in fielding percentage and proceeded to record its seventh errorless game this season.