LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sophomore Adam Gauthier stroked a two-out single in the 10th to score junior Bo Patterson from second, sending visiting Dartmouth (3-9) to a 3-2 victory in the series finale against 18th-ranked Kansas (16-8) at Hoglund Ballpark on Sunday.
Tied at two entering the 10th, Jayhawk closer Jordan Piché quickly recorded the first two outs before Patterson walked on a full-count pitch to put the potential go-ahead run on first. Patterson then stole second, and Gauthier dumped a 1-2 pitch into right field for a base hit. The throw to the plate was not in time to keep Patterson from scoring and allowed Gauthier to take second.
In the bottom of the 10th, sophomore Duncan Robinson retired the first two hitters, like Piché, but pinch hitter Michael Tinsley doubled to put the tying run in scoring position. Robinson fell behind Aaron Hernandez by throwing two balls, but after a called strike, got the nine-hole hitter to fly out to sophomore Nick Ruppert in center field.
Robinson (2-1) was credited with the win for shutting out Kansas over the final two frames on one hit and a walk with a strikeout as well, but it was freshman Mike Concato who did the heavy lifting in his first collegiate start. The rookie right-hander surrendered a mere two runs over eight innings on nine hits, two walks and two hit batters while striking out three. Concato was able to come up with big pitches when he needed them, stranding seven runners in scoring position during his time on the mound.
Kansas starting pitcher Frank Duncan had nothing to show for his seven-inning effort as he also yielded two runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out seven. Piché (3-1) originally entered the game with two on and two outs in the eighth, escaping the jam to preserve the two-all tie. But he got stuck with the loss thanks to the only walk and hit he allowed in his 2.1 innings.
Blair Beck put the Jayhawks on the board first with an RBI single in the second. The damage could have been worse, but Concato picked a runner off second earlier in the inning.
Dartmouth got that run back in the top of the third when Ruppert and junior Matt Parisi led off with consecutive singles to put runners on the corners, and junior Thomas Roulis brought Ruppert home with a fielder’s choice to second.
In the bottom half, Kansas threatened to retake the lead, putting men on first and second with two gone. Concato balked them to second and third, but kept his composure and fanned cleanup hitter Connor McKay to retire the side.
Freshman Michael Ketchmark tripled to start the top of the fourth, and senior Dustin Selzer followed with a sacrifice fly to center to put the Big Green on top, 2-1.
The Jayhawks managed to tie the score in the fifth after beginning the inning with a single by Ka’iana Eldredge and a double by Hernandez to put runners at second and third with nobody out. Again Concato limited the damage as Kansas only scored the one run on a grounder to short by Colby Wright.
In both the eighth and ninth innings, Kansas had opportunities to take the lead. Against Concato in the eighth, the first two batters reached base, but a sacrifice bunt attempt was turned into a force at third by the right-hander. Then with two down, Eldredge turned a 10-pitch at-bat into a walk to load the bases, yet Concato got a foul pop to end the inning.
Robinson took the hill in the ninth, and Justin Protacio immediately reached second on an error. A sacrifice bunt and a walk later put runners on the corners with one out. Like Concato before him, Robinson worked his way out of trouble by getting a called third strike and a fly to left.
Ruppert led the 11-hit Dartmouth attack with three singles in five trips to the plate, while senior Jeff Keller had a pair of safeties as well.
The victory concludes the Big Green’s nine-game road trip against TCU, Nebraska Omaha and Kansas. Dartmouth will return to Hanover, but its next five scheduled games are also on the road, beginning with a trip to Siena for a game on Wednesday, March 26 at 3 p.m., weather permitting. Kansas will next play at Creighton that day as well with first pitch at 6 p.m. (CT).
Notes: The last time Dartmouth won an extra-inning game came last April 20 at Yale, a 7-3 triumph in 10 innings … Ketchmark now has the only three Big Green triples this season, and in just 27 at-bats … Dartmouth is 2-7 against ranked teams this year, also beating 30th-ranked FIU back on March 1, and began the day with the 17th-most difficult schedule thus far (courtesy boydsworld.com).