ITHACA, N.Y. — A four-run first and seven strong innings on the mound by senior Jack Fossand allowed Dartmouth (9-16-1, 5-3-1 Ivy) to claim the rubber match at Cornell (6-16-1, 2-7 Ivy) in a 5-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Hoy Field.
Fossand (2-3) allowed just two runs on four hits and three walks during his seven-inning start, striking out a pair in the process. Three times the 6-5 right-hander retired the side in order, and he was able to escape trouble in both the sixth and seventh, stranding two runners in each inning, to keep the Big Green in the lead.
Dartmouth wasted no time in taking control of the game as juniors Sean Sullivan and Matt Feinstein led off the game with back-to-back doubles to bring home the first run. After senior Kyle Holbrook singled and took second on an errant pickoff throw, senior Dustin Shirley brought home Feinstein with a grounder to third. A throwing error, wild pitch, RBI single by junior Nate Ostmo and a passed ball allowed two more runs to cross the plate, leaving the Big Green with a 4-0 lead before Cornell came to bat.
Jason Apostle doubled and scored on consecutive infield outs to put the Big Red on the board in the third, and Kyle Gallagher followed with a double and scored on a Dale Wickham single to cut the Dartmouth lead in half at 4-2.
The Big Green bats fell mostly silent after the first frame, recording just a pair of singles over the next six stanzas. But they didn’t need a hit to bring home their fifth run. Feinstein drew off a walk to start the inning, stole second and took third on the throw that trickled into center field with one out, then beat the throw to the plate on Shirley’s shallow fly to center.
Wickham struck again for Cornell in the eighth, greeting a reliever by depositing his second pitch over the right-field fence just inside the foul pole, his second home run of the season. But sophomore Austen Michel, who had a two-inning save in the series opener yesterday, took over on the mound and got the final six outs, surrendering just a single in each inning, for his Ivy League-leading fifth save of the year.
Sullivan and sophomore Blake Crossing both had two hits for Dartmouth, half of the team’s total, while Feinstein scored twice and drove in a run, and Shirley had two RBIs.
Jeb Bemiss (1-2) took the loss for giving up the first four runs, only two earned in just two innings of work. At the plate, Wickham had a perfect day, going 3-for-3 with a homer, walk, run and two RBIs, but the rest of the Big Red lineup had just four hits.
Dartmouth continues its seven-game road swing with a non-conference battle at Boston College (12-22) on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.