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Final Game in California Gets Away From Baseball

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Ryan Toimil was 2-for-2 with an RBI on Saturday.     By Chris Schubert
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IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine spoiled the final contest of Dartmouth’s nine-game trip in California, scoring six runs in the third and eight more in the fourth to pull away for a 17-5 victory at Anteater Ballpark on Saturday afternoon. The victory gave UC Irvine (14-8) the three-game series sweep after beating the Big Green (2-10) by a 5-4 score in each of the first two meetings.

The Anteaters banged out 16 hits with D.J. Crumlich leading the way with three knocks in five at-bats, scoring twice. Jerry McClanahan and Taylor Sparks both homered and drove in two runs, while Conner Spencer and Christian Ramirez each had two hits with a triple and three RBIs.

Senior Jake Carlson, sophomore Ryan Toimil and freshman Matt MacDowell each had two of Dartmouth’s eight hits on the afternoon.

McClanahan put the Anteaters on the board in the second by pouncing on a 2-0 pitch from freshman Adam Frank and driving it over the fence in left-center for a solo home run, his first of the season.

In the third, UC Irvine loaded the bases without the aid of a hit to start the inning with a hit by pitch, a walk and a fielder’s choice that failed to get a force out. Connor Spencer cleared the bases with a three-run triple, then scored on a wild pitch. But the Anteaters weren’t done as Jeff Stephens doubled and Christian Ramirez laced the second three-bagger of the inning, chasing Frank from the mound. Dillon Moyer greeted sophomore reliever Louis Concato with a deep fly to left, allowing Ramirez to trot home and give UC Irvine a commanding 7-0 lead.

Dartmouth got one back in the fourth, beginning with back-to-back singles by sophomore Dustin Selzer and MacDowell. The rally looked like it might die when McClanahan picked MacDowell off with a snap throw from behind the plate and freshman Nick Lombardi grounded out to third. But a two-out single off the bat of sophomore Ryan Toimil brought Selzer around to score.

Any thoughts of rebounding from the 7-0 hole were put to rest when the Anteaters roughed up Concato for an eight-spot in the fourth, but only three of the runs were earned thanks to a pair of errors. The big blows in the inning were a two-run double by Christian Ramirez and a two-run round-tripper by Taylor Sparks, his second of the year.

After senior Jake Carlson tripled and scored on a Joe Sclafani groundout in the fifth, UC Irvine tacked on two more unearned runs in the bottom half, loading the bases on two hits and a hit batter before a two-out error allowed the two runs to cross the plate.

Dartmouth took advantage of the wildness of reliever Andy Lines in the eighth to score its final three runs. Lines hit the first two batters he faced, then walked the next two to force in a run. The Anteaters brought in Sebastian Santos, who immediately surrendered an RBI single to MacDowell, but then induced a double play that scored the final run.

Crosby Slaught (3-2) earned the win on the mound, tossing six innings while yielding two runs on seven hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three, retiring the side in order in his first and his last inning of work.

The rookie Frank (0-1) took the loss, lasting two-plus innings and allowing seven runs.

Dartmouth will look to snap its six-game losing streak when it hosts Amherst on Wednesday in its home opener. The Big Green have won 24 straight games at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, and first pitch will be thrown at 3 p.m. UC Irvine will continue a seven-game homestand on Wednesday when it plays USC at 6:30 p.m. (PDT).