Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader from Yale, 8-2 and 12-3
HANOVER, N.H. — Entering the day three games back in the Rolfe Division standings, Dartmouth needed to make a move with Yale in town to stay relevant in the race. With two strong starting performances on the mound and the awakening of the offense, the Big Green (9-16, 4-6 Ivy) won both games on the day, 8-2 and 12-3, to close to within a game of the Bulldogs (12-17, 5-5 Ivy).
Dartmouth entered the game averaging just 3.6 runs per game, but exploded for 20 in the twinbill, including a season-high dozen in the nightcap. Junior Nick Lombardi blasted a pair of long home runs for four RBIs in the opener while senior Dustin Selzer drove in the first three runs, supporting the complete-game start of sophomore Beau Sulser (2-3). Yale collected eight hits in the seven-inning game against the right-hander, but he did not issue a walk and struck out five while holding the Bulldogs to two runs.
In the second game, senior Louis Concato (1-2) hurled a career-high eight innings, surrendering three runs on a mere six hits, walking three and striking out three. Four Big Green hitters drove in at least two runs, led by junior Thomas Roulis with three RBIs, while senior Dustin Selzer had a single and a pair of doubles with two RBIs.
Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead in the first game when Selzer hit a dribbler up the first-base line on an excuse-me swing, allowing sophomore Nick Ruppert, who had led off with a double, to score from third. Yale answered right back with a two-out RBI double off the bat of Robert Baldwin to bring home Green Campbell.
Selzer gave the Big Green the lead for good in the third after they loaded the bases on singles by junior Matt Parisi and Roulis, and a hit batter. The big righty from Houston, Texas, ripped an 0-1 pitch to left to plate Parisi and Roulis for a 3-1 Big Green lead.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs got one of those runs back as Eric Hsieh doubled in David Toups, who began the inning with a single. But with runners on second and third and just one down, Sulser escaped without further damage by getting a grounder to third and a comebacker.
Lombardi wasted no time making it a two-run game again in the bottom half by crushing the first offering from Chasen Ford over the fence in left-center for a solo homer. The following inning, Lombardi struck again with a two-out, three-run shot to left — the first Big Green homer with runners on base this season — to boost Dartmouth’s advantage to 7-2.
Roulis brought home the final run in the sixth with a grounder to short that allowed junior Bo Patterson to score despite a drawn-in infield.
Taking the loss was Ford (2-4), who gave up seven runs on nine hits over five frames with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Big Green jumped out to a lead in the first inning of game two as well when Ruppert was hit by the first pitch by Michael Coleman and Roulis laced a 3-1 pitch into the gap in right-center for a triple. The relay throw to third was wild as well, allowing Roulis to scamper home for a 2-0 lead.
Some more sloppy Yale defense helped Dartmouth in the third, beginning when a wild pitch on a swinging third strike allowed senior Jeff Keller to reach base with one out. He promptly stole second, then raced home on a single off the bat of Selzer. Another single by sophomore Joe Purritano brought Lombardi to the plate, who hit a hard grounder to third. The ball was speared, but the throw to second for the force went into right field, which let Selzer score. Lombardi got a good read on a pitch in the dirt and took second for another wild pitch, then junior Matt MacDowell lined a two-run single back through the box for a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Concato was cruising through the Bulldog lineup. Through the first six innings, all the Elis could muster were a pair of second-inning singles, two walks and a hit batter. Concato continuously relied upon the defense behind him as he did not record a strikeout until the seventh inning.
Still holding a 6-0 lead in the sixth, the Big Green added to their lead thanks to a leadoff triple by Ruppert and a grounder to short by Roulis.
Yale got on the board in the seventh when Baldwin hit a leadoff homer, his second of the season. But Concato made quick work of the next three Bulldogs, punching out two to bring the Dartmouth bats back to the plate.
Three walks and a hit batter forced in the first of five Dartmouth runs in the seventh. Parisi drove in one with a groundout, Keller added a two-run single and Selzer lined a double just inside the chalk down the right-field line to score Keller from first for an insurmountable 12-1 lead.
The first four Bulldogs reached base in the eighth, the last being Brent Lawson with an RBI single. Only one more run would score, however, as Concato induced a double play before getting a called third strike to end his afternoon. Junior Jay Graham came on and got the final three outs to close out the sweep.
Each of the first five hitters in the Dartmouth lineup had at least two hits, led by Selzer’s three knocks. Ruppert scored three of the Big Green runs from atop the order, while Keller and MacDowell joined Roulis and Selzer with multiple RBIs.
Coleman (1-4) was dealt the loss in game two for giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks over four-plus innings.
Baldwin was the star of the Yale offense on the day, going 4-for-5 in the doubleheader with a double, home run and two RBIs.
The two teams will play another doubleheader at noon on Sunday at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park with first place in the Rolfe Division on the line.
Notes: Lombardi's three-run homer was the 12th long ball for Dartmouth this season. The first 11 were all solo shots ... Yale is 0-10 at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park since the renovation before the 2009 season ... Bob Whalen needs just two more victories to achieve 500 wins in his 25 seasons as the head coach at Dartmouth ... the Big Green have won four straight games … Dartmouth has not committed an error in any of its last six contests.