|DARTMOUTH||UC SANTA BARBARA
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|March 14 • 3 p.m. (PDT)
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|RHP Austen Michel (0-0, 2.25)||RHP Liam Steigerwald (0-0, 7.20)|
|DARTMOUTH||CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
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|March 15 • 6 p.m. (PDT)
|RHP Cole O'Connor (1-1, 2.25)||LHP Ben Cutting (0-3, 7.31)|
|March 16 • 6 p.m. (PDT)
|RHP Jack Fossand (0-1, 7.71)||RHP Davonte Butler (1-2, 5.16)|
|March 17 • 6 p.m. (PDT)
|RHP Clay Chatham (1-0, 4.38)||RHP Aaron Charles (1-3, 6.55)|
|March 18 • 12 p.m. (PDT)
Going to California
Since 2003, Dartmouth has traveled to California for spring break every three years, and the pattern continues with 10 games over 11 days in the Golden State. The Big Green start with a solitary showdown at UC Santa Barbara before playing a four-game series at Cal State Bakersfield, followed by single contests at San Jose State and Westmont before wrapping up the trip with a three-game series at Cal Poly.
Last Week in Review
• Since Dartmouth was off last week for winter exams, we’ll look back at the previous week to see what the team has been up to.
• The Big Green took two of three games at the Snowbird Classic, topping Villanova, 12-7, and Georgetown, 4-1, with a last-inning defeat against Northeastern, 10-8, sandwiched between the two.
• Freshman Michael Calamari had three hits and three RBIs — both career highs — including a home run, while senior Kyle Holbrook blasted a three-run bomb to lead the offense against the Wildcats.
• On the mound, junior Cole O’Connor hurled seven innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out a career-best 10 Villanova hitters to earn his first win of the year.
• The Big Green rapped out 18 hits — their most against a Division I opponent in just over a year — four by junior Matt Feinstein, but Northeastern rallied for five runs in the ninth to snatch the victory away.
• The loss overshadowed a strong collegiate debut on the mound by freshman Max Hunter, who tossed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
• Pitching and defense were the name of the Hoya game as senior Clay Chatham twirled eight one-run innings while striking out six without a walk to earn his first collegiate victory.
• Sophomore Austen Michel earned his first career save with a scoreless ninth.
• At the plate, Dartmouth collected just five hits, but got a little help from Georgetown with one run scoring on an error and another on a balk. Calamari scored two of the four runs, while freshmen Ubaldo Lopez and Bennett McCaskill each drove in one.
Overall Record vs. Opponents
• Dartmouth and UC Santa Barbara have squared off five times on the diamond with the Gauchos winning each game.
• The current freshmen may recall (not fondly) the last two meetings as UCSB beat the Big Green twice in 2015 by a combined score of 27-3.
• Three current players had a hit in one of the two games — Justin Fowler, Hayden Rappoport and Dustin Shirley.
• This will be the first games for Dartmouth against Cal State Bakersfield.
Scouting UCSB and CSUB
• UC Santa Barbara is off to an uncharacteristic slow start, getting swept by San Diego State to start the season and tying its last game against Texas State following three more defeats.
• The bats have struggled with a slash line of just .238/.339/.321 so far. Shortstop Clay Fisher is the only Gaucho over three bills at .306, while Andrew Martinez has two of the team’s four homers.
• The pitching staff has put up an ERA of 4.42 with its best work coming from the bullpen as the top three relievers have combined for a 2.65 ERA with 42 strikeouts over 34 innings.
• Defensively UCSB is solid, averaging about one error per game, though one-third of those 15 miscues have been by pitchers.
• CSU Bakersfield has victories over ranked teams in St. Mary’s and UNLV, but lost a four-game set at California and three games last weekend at College of Charleston.
• The Roadrunners have had their woes at the plate, similar to UCSB, batting .246/.321/.293 with just two homers and 20 extra-base hits. Both Andrew Penner (.381/.473/.444) and Evan Berkey (.356/.433/.458) have been on fire, however.
• Every starting pitcher has an ERA above five so far with the staff ERA sitting at 6.84 with opponents hitting .340. Naithen Dewsnap has been the most reliable hurler with a 2.53 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.
• The defense has struggled as well, committing 31 errors in the 17 games, but the catchers have done well in controlling the running game, gunning down 10-of-26 base stealers (38.5 percent).
Probable Starting Pitchers
• The Big Green will begin the West Coast trek with sophomore RHP Austen Michel (0-0, 2.25) making his first start of the season and second of his career in search of his first collegiate victory. UCSB will send RHP Liam Steigerwald (0-0, 7.20) to the mound for his first start.
• To start the series at Cal State Bakersfield, Dartmouth will turn to junior RHP Cole O’Connor (1-1, 2.25) who is coming off a win and 10-strikeout performance against Villanova on March 3. The Roadrunners will go with Juco transfer LHP Ben Cutting (0-3, 7.31) after lasting just two-plus innings in his last start.
• Senior RHP Jack Fossand (0-1, 7.71) will take his turn on Friday night as he looks to improve on his first start of the year against Northeastern in which he surrendered four earne runs over four-plus frames. Bakersfield has RHP Davonte Butler (1-2, 5.16) lined up to hurl game two having struck out 17 and walked just six in a team-high 22.2 innings.
• The third game will be helmed by senior RHP Clay Chatham (1-0, 4.38) who earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors after his last start, an eight-inning, one-run gem with six punchouts. RHP Aaron Charles (1-3, 6.55), who is rested and ready to start after yielding three earned runs over six innings in a loss at Charleston last Friday, gets the call on Saturday night.
• Dealer’s choice for the fourth game of the series as Coach Whalen has not announced anyone as of yet. I’m going to guess … freshman LHP Max Hunter (0-0, 0.00) if he hasn’t pitched out of the bullpen the previous two or three games. He hurled three scoreless stanzas out of the bullpen in his collegiate debut against Northeastern. The Roadrunners could also go with anyone, so let’s say LHP Kyle King (1-2, 7.82) who has struck out 14 in 12.2 innings.
What’s Up Next
Dartmouth will continue its spring break with single games at San Jose State and Westmont before concluding the trip with three at Cal Poly.
Ivy League Pitcher of the Week
Prior to his start on March 4, senior Clay Chatham had started 12 games in his career but never thrown more than five innings nor won a game. That all changed against Georgetown as Chatham pitched eight complete innings and allowed just one run on seven hits without a walk to go with a career-high six strikeouts to earn his first victory, 4-1. His outing deservedly earned the Type 1 diabetic the honor of Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, giving Dartmouth six of the 12 winners of the award since the start of last season.
CSM Ivy Player of the Week
While the Ivy League office didn’t give Michael Calamari the Player of the Week honor on March 5, College Sports Madness did. All the sophomore did was hit .462 over the three games at the Snowbird Classic in Florida with a home run, five runs scored and three RBIs, including career highs in hits (3) and RBIs (3) in the 12-7 win over Villanova. With performances like that, “Squid” will earn a lot of ink.
Sullivan Streaks to Hot Start
After starting just three games over his first two seasons in Hanover, junior Sean Sullivan has proven to be the most difficult out in the lineup thus far. Starting at second base in all six games, Sullivan leads Dartmouth with a .417 average and .462 on-base percentage, hitting safely in each of the first five contests, plus has not struck out in 26 plate appearances. In the field, Sullivan has successfully fielded all 32 of his chances as well.
Loss in Last Inning
When Northeastern rallied from an 8-5 deficit in the ninth to defeat Dartmouth on March 3 by a final of 10-8, it ended a streak of 83 consecutive games the Big Green had won when entering the ninth with a lead, dating back to the 2012 season. UC Irvine scored two in the bottom of the ninth on March 22, 2012, to walk off with a 5-4 victory. Of course, that doesn’t count games in which Dartmouth took a lead during the ninth on the road then couldn’t hold it (happened twice last year), or seven-inning games …
Junior Matt Feinstein has always enjoyed the first month-plus of the season, entering this year with a career average of .377 (40-for-106) in the months of February and March. While he started slowly this year, going just 2-for-16 in the first four games, he made up for it against Northeastern, going 4-for-4 with a double, walk, three runs and an RBI. It was his third career four-hit game (one each year), all of which have come by March 3.
Dartmouth may have lost a heartbreaker to Northeastern on March 3, 10-8, but the Big Green broke out the bats with 18 hits, their most hits against a Division I opponent since a 13-1 win over St. Bonaventure just over a year ago (Feb. 26, 2017).
Another Hunter Lefty
Big Green fans may recall former LHP Kyle Hunter who won 14 games with a 3.71 ERA over 232.2 innings between 2010-13. Well, Dartmouth has another Hunter southpaw on the mound this year in freshman Max Hunter. Pardon me if his collegiate debut stirred up memories of the former pitcher as this one hurled three scoreless innings out of the bullpen against Northeastern, allowing the Green to take an 8-5 lead into the ninth. The rookie allowed just two hits and struck out one in his stellar outing.
O’Connor Fans 10
Junior Cole O’Connor entered his start on March 3 with a career strikeout rate of 5.2 per nine innings with a career high of six. That changed against Villanova as the right-hander whiffed 10 Wildcats, becoming the first Big Green pitcher in exactly one year to hit double digits (Beau Sulser had 10 at No. 17 Miami last year). But he was only halfway to the school record of 20, set by Pete Broberg ’72 against Boston College on May 14, 1971.
Senior Kyle Holbrook played a big part in defeating Villanova on March 3 when he belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning, giving Dartmouth a 9-3 lead. It was the second three-run homer for the Big Green already this season, matching the team’s total for the last two years combined. And the last grand slam Dartmouth hit was by Jeff Keller against Harvard on April 29, 2014.