Baseball Salvages Split to Win Series Against Yale
HANOVER, N.H. — Senior Dustin Selzer lined a double to the left-center gap to drive in senior Jeff Keller from first with the winning run in the sixth inning of game two as Dartmouth rebounded after a 6-0 loss to visiting Yale in the first game of a doubleheader, beating the Bulldogs, 4-2. Sophomore Duncan Robinson threw four scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory as the Big Green (10-17, 5-7 Ivy) remained a single game behind Yale (13-18, 6-6 Ivy) for the lead in the Rolfe Division standings.
Bulldog right-hander Chris Lanham twirled a four-hit shutout in the opener, baffling the Dartmouth offense that tallied 20 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Yale on Saturday. In his seven-inning complete game, Lanham (5-1) allowed just four singles and did not walk anyone while fanning four. He needed just 79 pitches to subdue the Big Green and faced just two over the minimum.
In the series finale, Dartmouth freshman Mike Concato and Yale senior David Hickey battled to a scoreless tie through four innings before the Bulldogs broke through in the top of the fifth. With two down and runners at first and second, Concato made his only mistake by leaving a breaking ball over the inner half of the plate, and Richard Slenker jumped on it for a two-run double into the left-field corner.
Hickey, who had not allowed a run in his career to Dartmouth spanning 14.2 innings, showed no signs of slowing in the fifth as he retired the leadoff hitter on just his 39th pitch of the afternoon. But sophomore Joe Purritano broke the ice a bit with a single to center, and one out later, junior Bo Patterson hit a fly to center that the wind kept pushing back toward the infield. The ball fell in front of the center fielder, and Patterson hustled into second with a double, putting the tying runs in scoring position with two down. Up to the plate stepped sophomore catcher Adam Gauthier, who got just enough of a 1-1 offering to dump it over the second baseman’s head for the clutch game-tying single.
With the score tied, Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen went to his bullpen ace, sophomore Dustin Robinson, to start the sixth. Yale managed to bang out a pair of singles in the stanza, but that would be its last base runners of the day as Robinson (5-1) retired the final 10 batters he faced, including two via the strikeout.
Meanwhile, Hickey issued a one-out walk to Keller in the bottom of the sixth, and Selzer followed with his RBI double for a 3-2 Big Green lead. Dartmouth tacked on an insurance run in the seventh as Patterson led off with a single and Gauthier laid down a sacrifice bunt. Yale tried to get the out at second, but Patterson beat the throw, putting runners at first and second with nobody out. The Bulldogs summoned Chris Moates from the bullpen, who was greeted by junior Matt Parisi with a single back through the middle to send Patterson scampering home.
Hickey (3-3) took the loss after yielding all four runs on seven hits in six-plus innings, walking one and striking out two.
Selzer led Dartmouth at the plate with three hits, while Patterson and Parisi went 2-for-3 with the former scoring twice.
Yale scored the only run it would need in the first game in the top of the first inning. Green Campbell bunted the first pitch of the game for a base hit, took second on a grounder to second, and after a walk to David Toups, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. With the infield playing back to minimize the damage, Slenker hit a grounder to short that allowed Campbell to score for an early 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Michael Danielak (0-5) only allowed two more Bulldogs to reach base in the first five innings — on an error and a walk — while striking out five. The problem for Danielak was that Lanham retired 15 of the 16 hitters he faced in those five innings as well with the only blemish a second-inning single off the bat of Selzer.
In the sixth, Cale Hanson provided just the second Bulldog hit of the game, which was also a bunt single. Following a sacrifice bunt, Slenker stroked an RBI single, opening the floodgates. Danielak hit Robert Baldwin with a pitch, then Harrison White, Eric Hsieh and Tom O’Neill delivered run-scoring singles in succession to break open the game and chase Danielak from the mound. The final run crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice, and after Campbell bunted for another hit, freshman Chris Burkholder finally got the third out thanks to third baseman Nick Lombardi’s diving catch on a liner down the line.
Lanham did surrender a one-out single in the sixth to Parisi, but immediately induced a double play to end the inning. In the seventh, junior Thomas Roulis and Keller each beat out infield hits to give a glimmer of hope for a miraculous rally, but after a fly ball to right, Purritano ripped a shot that was speared by the first baseman and turned into an unassisted double play to end the game.
Slenker reached base three times in the game, driving in the first two Yale runs as he finished the doubleheader with four of his team’s six RBIs.
Dartmouth plays again on Tuesday when it hosts UMass Lowell (10-13) at 3 p.m. with an opportunity to give Coach Whalen his 500th career victory. The Bulldogs return to New Haven to play Sacred Heart (17-11) at 3:30 p.m.