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Junior Kyle Hendricks struck out a career-high 15 batters.

Hendricks Fans 15 in Third Straight Win for the Green

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 03/19/2011
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LAKELAND, Fla. — Junior right-hander Kyle Hendricks handcuffed Army for seven innings, striking out a career-high 15 hitters as Dartmouth (3-2) cruised to its third straight win, 11-2, at Henley Field in Lakeland, Fla. Army, the preseason favorite in the Patriot League, struck out a total of 19 times in the game in falling to 3-11.

The 15 strikeouts are the most by a Dartmouth pitcher in at least 31 years, but fell shy of the school record of 20 set by former big leaguer Pete Broberg ’72 whiffed 20 Boston College hitters on May 23, 1971. The closest any Big Green pitcher had come to Broberg’s record since 1980 was another former major leaguer, Mike Remlinger ’88, who fanned 14 Princeton hitters back in the 1987 season.

Hendricks (1-1) struck out at least one hitter in each of his seven innings, twice striking out the side. He did not walk a batter and surrendered just five hits and a single run to earn his first victory of the year and 11th of his career.

Hendricks began his day by getting the first two hitters on strikes and retiring the side in order in the first. The next inning, Army got consecutive one-out singles, but Hendricks struck out the side to avoid any damage. The Black Knights dented the scoreboard in the third, however, when David Darnell and Ben Koenigsfeld doubled, giving Army a brief 1-0 lead.

One day after scoring 19 runs in a win over Akron, the Dartmouth bats got going again in the bottom of the third against Black Knight starter Lee Logan. Freshman Jeff Keller immediately tied the score leading off the inning with his first collegiate home run out to right-center. Three of the next four hitters singled, with senior Sam Bean driving in the go-ahead run. Senior Jason Brooks was hit by a pitch with two down to load the bases, and classmate Jeff Onstott delivered a two-run single over the second baseman’s head. Another single by junior Jake Carlson made it a 5-1 game.

After Koenigsfeld’s double in the third, Hendricks retired the next 11 batters, eight via the strikeout. Meanwhile, Logan (1-4) settled down and allowed just one more run — thanks to two Army errors — while fanning eight over his seven innings on the mound.

The Black Knights got a lead-off single to start the seventh against Hendricks. But after a lineout to short, Hendricks finished with a flourish by striking out his final two hitters.

In the eighth, Army got a two-out, RBI double by Joey Henshaw to within four runs at 6-2. As in the third, Dartmouth answered with five more runs to put the game out of reach. Onstott and Carlson each singled before Keller smoked a double into the right-center gap to plate both runners. A one-out error allowed Keller to score, then junior Joe Sclafani drove in a run with his own two-bagger to right-center. Bean capped the inning with an RBI single.

Senior Ryan Smith retired the side in order in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Dartmouth finished the game with 12 hits with five players each collecting two. Keller led the onslaught with his double and round-tripper, scoring twice and driving in three. Junior Chris O’Dowd tripled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games dating back to last year.

Sean McIlroy was the lone Black Knight with two hits.

Dartmouth heads to Winter Haven tomorrow to take on the Indiana Hoosiers at 2 p.m.
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