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Nick Ruppert scored two of the three Big Green runs on the afternoon thanks to a pair of doubles.

Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Princeton, 3-0 and 4-3

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 04/01/2014
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PRINCETON, N.J. — It took two extra days to play the Ivy League doubleheader due to rain and soggy field conditions, but for Princeton the wait was worth it as the host Tigers won both ends of the twinbill against Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon at Clarke Field, 3-0 and 4-3. Jonathan York got the final three outs in both games to earn a pair of saves and Danny Hoy had five hits for Princeton (7-11, 2-0 Ivy).

Dartmouth (4-12, 1-3 Ivy) got two solid starting performances from sophomore Michael Danielak and freshman Mike Concato, but the Tigers did just enough at the plate to beat the two hurlers. Sophomore Nick Ruppert doubled twice and scored after each one in the second game to lead the Big Green offense.

The second game was a back-and-forth affair with Princeton taking an early 1-0 lead when Zack Belski hit a slow roller to third with the bases loaded in the first, allowing Danny Baer to cross the plate.

The Big Green knotted the score in the fourth with a little help from starting pitcher Keelan Smithers. Ruppert hit his first double of the game to start the inning, went to third when junior Nick Lombardi reached on a throwing error by Smithers, and scored when junior Bo Patterson laid down a squeeze bunt.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers reclaimed the lead against Concato when Billy Arendt singled with one out, stole second and scored one out later on a Hoy single to left.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Dartmouth came right back in the top of the sixth against reliever Chad Powers. Ruppert and Lombardi began the frame with back-to-back doubles to tie the game at two. After a wild pitch put Lombardi on third, Patterson ripped a liner off the drawn in third baseman for an RBI single and a 3-2 lead.

Concato worked around a pair of singles in the sixth, but after getting two quick outs in the seventh, could not get the third as Princeton strung together four straight singles to plate two runs. Hoy began the rally, and Paul Tupper and Belski came through with an RBI each.

When junior Matt MacDowell led off the top of the ninth by dropping a base hit into left, Princeton summoned York in from his position in right field to try and earn his second save of the afternoon. Although he did throw a wild pitch with one out to put the tying run in scoring position, he was able to got the final two outs on a strikeout and slow roller to third to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Hoy went 3-for-4 in the second game with a run and an RBI while Belski drove in two of the four Tigers runs. The rally in the seventh allowed Powers (2-1) to be credited with the win after surrendering two runs on four hits over 3.2 innings.

Concato (0-1) took the loss for yielding four runs on 10 hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts. Patterson had a pair of RBIs while going 2-for-3 at the plate, and Ruppert had his two doubles and two runs to lead Dartmouth.

In the opener, Tiger starting pitcher Cameron Mingo got into trouble in the first as junior Matt Parisi singled and senior Jeff Keller doubled him to third with one out. But Mingo wriggled out of the jam without a run scoring, then stifled the Big Green bats through the sixth inning on just two more hits.

Meanwhile, Princeton got the only run it would need in the bottom of the first when Hoy took Danielak deep for his first four-bagger of the year.

Danielak would settle in nicely, retiring 15 of the next 16 hitters before running into trouble in the sixth. Consecutive singles by Baer, Hoy and Alec Keller loaded the bases, and Tupper brought home a run with a fly to center field. Belski followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

In the seventh and final inning, the first two Dartmouth hitters reached base, so Princeton turned to York to close out the win. He walked the first batter he faced, but that got an infield pop and a double-play grounder to end the game and preserve the shutout.

Mingo (1-2) earned his first win of the season with his six shutout innings, giving up just five hits, a walk and two hit batters while fanning four.

Danielak (0-3) was stuck with the loss after giving up the three runs on five hits with a season-high six strikeouts.

Dartmouth returns to Hanover to play its home opener tomorrow against Quinnipiac (5-15). The game has been pushed back to a 3:30 p.m. start and can be seen live on Big Green Insider via the Ivy League Digital Network.

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