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Baseball Wins Sixth Straight With 12-2 Victory

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Senior Chad Piersma singled, doubled, scored a run and drove in two in the win over St....     By Mark Washburn
HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth scored in each of the first seven innings while junior Jeff Keller and sophomore Matt Parisi each had three hits for the Big Green as they defeated visiting St. Anselm on Wednesday afternoon, 12-2. Senior Chad Piersma also chipped in a pair of knocks and drove in two runs for Dartmouth (23-6), which won its sixth straight game. The Division II Hawks dropped to 15-21-1 on the season.

Keller’s three hits in four trips to the plate raised his average to .394 on the season, second in the Ivy League, while his triple helped him boost his slugging percentage (seventh in the nation to start the week) 20 points to .778. He also had two RBIs, which briefly put him in a tie for the league lead until sophomore Nick Lombardi lofted a deep sacrifice fly to reclaim the lead with 33 this year.

The Big Green jumped on St. Anselm starter Ryan Cosmopulos (2-2) with three consecutive singles to start the first inning. Parisi reached on an infield hit before senior Ennis Coble sent him to third with a line single to right. A wild pitch allowed Coble to advance to second, then Keller ripped a two-run single back through the middle.

In the second, Dartmouth got a run without the aid of a hit as freshman Trent Goodrich was hit by a pitch, Piersma walked and Cosmopulos uncorked another wild pitch. A fly to right was not deep enough for Goodrich to score, but Parisi followed with a long fly to center that was as Goodrich trotted home for a 3-0 lead.

The Hawks brought in reliever Clayton Welch to pitch the third, and Keller greeted him with a blast to the gap in right-center for a leadoff triple. One out later, Lombardi sent a pitch to the track in left for a sacrifice fly, although the ball was dropped for a two-base error as well. A throwing error on a grounder to short allowed Lombardi to score from second to make it a 5-0 game.

Freshman Joe Purritano had a two-out, RBI single in the fourth to plate sophomore Bo Patterson, who started the inning with an infield single. Three walks in the fifth by reliever Matt Wojichowski helped the Big Green score three more runs in the fifth with Piersma delivering an RBI single, Patterson driving in a run with a grounder to short and Coble beating a relay to first on an attempted double play to score Piersma.

Beau Sulser
Freshman Beau Sulser pitched two effective innings in relief.
Piersma was at it again in the sixth as he yanked a pitch into the right-field corner for a double to score freshman Adam Gauthier who had singled earlier in the inning for a 10-0 Big Green advantage. A Parisi single and three consecutive hit batters in the seventh forced in one run before freshman Jay Graham drove in the final Dartmouth run with a tapper to first.

On the mound, meanwhile, the Big Green hurlers were keeping the Hawk lineup in check. Sophomore starter Adam Frank (2-0) battled through some wildness in his scheduled three innings, allowing just one hit with three walks and a hit batter, but no runs. Junior Louis Concato came on for two perfect frames, fanning one, and freshman Beau Sulser followed by retiring six of the seven batters he faced.

St. Anselm touched freshman Duncan Robinson for its two runs in the eighth as Zach Hubbard doubled and Kyle Grumoli singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Robert Kelly’s grounder to first allowed Hubbard to score the first Hawk run, then Mike Hayden hit a solid single to center to bring Grumoli around from second.

Dartmouth takes to the road this weekend for a four-game Ivy League series at Yale (8-22, 5-7 Ivy) with a three-game lead in the Rolfe Division standings over the Bulldogs and Harvard. The doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday will both begin at noon.