LAWRENCE, Kan. — Nebraska Omaha scored eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings to break open a 2-1 game and defeat Dartmouth in the rubber game of the series, 10-4, on Thursday afternoon at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. Clayton Taylor had three hits and a pair of RBIs, and Daniel Jewitt scored three times to lead the Mavericks (10-9) to the series victory over Dartmouth (2-7).
The late outburst spoiled the collegiate debut of sophomore right-hander Adam Charnin-Aker (0-1), who surrendered just two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three. The only runs off of him came in the second when Caleb Palensky led off with a double and scored on a Jewitt single. After Jewitt stole second as Charnin-Aker got the second out on strikes, Collin Leif dumped a single to right-center for a 2-0 Omaha lead.
Unfortunately for Charnin-Aker, he was going up against Maverick ace Tyler Fox. The right-hander cruised through the first 4.2 innings, allowing just a one-out single to junior Thomas Roulis in the first before retiring 13 straight hitters. Senior first baseman Dustin Selzer brought that streak to an end in a big way, smashing his first home run of the season over the fence in left to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
With this his first outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago, Charnin-Aker’s afternoon was done after tossing 87 pitches. The Big Green bullpen was unable to duplicate his success, however, as Omaha put the first two hitters on base in the seventh. Rookie reliever Travis Lambert nearly escaped the jam, getting a foul pop on a bunt attempt and a terrific catch on a foul fly down the right-field line by Selzer for the second out. A walk loaded the bases before Lambert balked, forcing in a run. When Adam Schultz singled to right, only one more run could score as senior Jeff Keller gunned down the other runner at the plate, leaving the score at 4-1.
Dartmouth got one of those runs back in its half of the seventh, knocking Fox from the game. Sophomore Joe Purritano singled leading off the inning, took second on a wild pitch with one out, advanced to third on a grounder to second and scored on another wild pitch.
The Mavericks blew open the game in the eighth. Taylor started the trouble with a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Omaha immediately loaded the bases and tallied the second run of the stanza when Dawson Porter walked. The second out was recorded on strikes, but the Big Green could not get the third until four more Mavericks scored, the last two on a Taylor single back through the box to make it a 10-2 game.
Junior Nick Lombardi stroked a two-run double in the ninth for Dartmouth to conclude the day’s scoring.
Fox (3-1) finished his day with 6.2 innings to his credit, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk while fanning four.
Dartmouth begins a three-game series against the 18th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (14-7) on Friday evening at 7 p.m. (EDT). Sophomore right-hander Michael Danielak (0-1, 4.00) is scheduled to pitch for the Big Green, while Kansas will counter with a left-hander in Wes Benjamin (3-0, 4.11). All three games of the series will be broadcast live on ESPN3.