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Seventh Straight Win in Final Tuneup Before ICS

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Sophomore Matt MacDowell was 2-for-2 with a two-run double.     By Mike Janes
HANOVER, N.H. — In its final game before the Ivy Championship Series at Columbia this weekend, Dartmouth defeated visiting Amherst at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park by a final of 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Matt MacDowell drove in the first two runs of the game with a double as the Big Green (32-7) cruised to their seventh straight win and added to their school record for victories in a season. Amherst dropped to 20-9 with the loss.

MacDowell, senior Ennis Coble, junior Ryan Toimil and freshman Joe Purritano all had two hits for Dartmouth, while sophomore Matt Parisi extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double in his final at-bat in the eighth inning. Toimil also scored twice while MacDowell had two RBIs to lead the team.

Sophomore southpaw Adam Frank started on the mound for Dartmouth and quickly worked through the first two innings, yielding just a two-out single in the second. In the bottom half, the Big Green put the first two hitters on base as junior Dustin Selzer walked and Purritano dumped a single into left. Sophomore Nick Lombardi hit into some tough luck when his hot smash was snared by the third baseman for the first out, and after the Lord Jeffs hurler, John Cook, got the second out on strikes, a pitch got away from the catcher for a passed ball putting two runners in scoring position. MacDowell didn’t let the opportunity pass him by as he lined a shot into right-center for a two-run double.

Frank had two men reach base on him in the third, but he picked each one off to keep a rally from forming. The Big Green bats added two more in their half of the third frame as Parisi was hit by a pitch, Coble singled him to second and the duo pulled off a double steal. Selzer pushed a grounder to second to bring home Parisi and Purritano stroked an RBI single back through the middle for a 4-0 lead.

Cook was lifted in the fourth after hitting Toimil to start the inning, but the reliever was even more wild, throwing two wild pitches behind MacDowell while walking him in the process. Junior Shane Ogren then hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Toimil to cross the plate, and eventually Dartmouth loaded the bases with one out. On a short fly to center, Ogren tried to beat the throw home, but the relay was just in time to nab him at the plate for a double play to end the threat.

Staked to a 5-0 lead, Frank walked the first two batters in the fifth and was lifted in favor of junior right-hander Mike Dodakian who, after allowing a sacrifice bunt, got a called third strike and a routine fly to right to strand the two runners.

Amherst scored its lone run in the sixth after putting runners on first and second with nobody out again. Dodakian did include a double play, but after a walk, Nolan Stewart dropped an RBI single into center for that elusive run.

A defensive miscue in the bottom of the sixth helped the Big Green tack on three insurance runs. Toimil and MacDowell each singled, and Ogren laid down a bunt back to relief pitcher Riley Streit, who went for the out at third and threw the ball into the left-field corner. Both Toimil ad MacDowell scored on the play and Ogren stopped at third. Two batters later, Coble hit a sacrifice fly to center to give the Green an 8-1 edge.

Freshman Duncan Robinson came on to pitch to start the seventh and tossed two scoreless innings, and freshman Beau Sulser wrapped up the game with a perfect ninth.

Dodakian (2-0) was credited with the victory while Cook (5-2) took the loss after yielding five runs, four earned, on four hits and a walk in three-plus innings of work while striking out four.

The Ivy Championship Series begins on Saturday at Columbia’s Robertson Field at Satow Stadium as Dartmouth will play the Lions in a doubleheader at noon. Should the two teams split the twinbill, a decisive third game will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.