Locations: Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park (1,300), Hanover, N.H.
First pitch: Doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday at noon
Series Record vs. Brown: Big Green lead, 125-102-1
Live Video — Big Green Insider
Live Audio — Wayne Young ’72 (play-by-play), Orli Kleiner ’12 (analyst)
Complete Game Notes
To Catch a Leader
By dropping the four games at Yale last weekend, Dartmouth finds itself in a tie for second with this weekend’s opponent, Brown, two games behind the Bulldogs. In order to catch Yale, the Big Green will need to win every game it can and get some help from Harvard and these very same Bears.
Last Week in Review
• Dartmouth entered a four-game series at Yale with a two-game lead in the Rolfe Division, only to lose all four games and ball two games behind the Bulldogs.
• The offense managed to score just three runs in the entire series, the fewest runs for the Big Green in any four-game stretch in 25 years.
• Junior pitcher Cole Sulser had his personal 11-game winning streak come to an end in a 5-1 loss on Saturday. He had the third longest winning streak in the country behind a pair of pitchers from top-ranked Virginia.
• On Tuesday, Dartmouth rebounded with a 5-1 win over Saint Anselm, running its home winning streak to 17 games, second longest in the country behind North Carolina (19).
• Freshman Jeff Keller swatted two of the Big Green’s four triples in the win over Saint Anselm, both of which tied school records, boosting Dartmouth’s season total for three-baggers to 21, breaking the record of 20 set last year.
Last Time Against the Bears
The weather wreaked havoc during the four-game series in Providence last year as the two teams played the first doubleheader as scheduled on Saturday, April 24, but then ended up playing single games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dartmouth shocked the Bears in the opener by scoring four unearned runs in the final frame to rally for a 7-6 triumph with Brett Gardner providing the go-ahead hit. A four-run rally in the ninth of game two was not enough to make up the difference as Brown rebounded for a 9-5 win in the nightcap. After waiting out the rain, the Big Green doubled up the Bears in an 8-4 victory on Tuesday, then outlasted Brown in the final game of the series on Wednesday, 13-10. The two teams combined to hit eight homers in the slugfest and eight of the nine starters in Dartmouth lineup scored a run, and another eight had at least one RBI.
The Overall Record vs. Brown
• Dartmouth has played the Bears 228 times since the first meeting in 1871, with the Big Green having the edge, 125-102-1.
• In each of the last three seasons, Dartmouth has taken three of four from Brown.
• The last time the Big Green played in Hanover, they won the first three contests to extend their winning streak on the season to 13 before faltering in the finale.
• In the divisional era (since 1993), Dartmouth is just 14-17 at home against the Bears with one four-game sweep, that being in 1997.
• Since 1923 (which is when my home-road data begins) the Big Green are 47-28 against Brown in Hanover.
Scouting Report on the Bears
• Don’t let the 8-22 record fool you — Brown has played the toughest schedule in the Ivy League this year with its first seven games of the season coming against teams that are currently ranked among the top five in the nation.
• While only hitting .231 as a team, the Bears are hitting at a .276 clip against Ivy teams, although they barely average four runs in league play.
• Designated hitter Mike DiBiase is the only Bear hitting better than .285 (.320), but is a whopping .405 against Ivy pitchers.
• Last year’s Ivy home run champ, Pete Greskoff, has not found his stroke this season with his long ball total dropping from 17 to two with a .192 average.
• Pitching has been an issue for Brown with a 6.82 team ERA (5.97 in the league).
• The Bears do have a pair of solid starters in RHP Matt Kimball and RHP Heath Mayo, but they have had a difficult time pitchers to fill in the back of the rotation.
• Outfielder Josh Feit doubles as the team’s closer with both of the Bear saves in 2011, while Cooper Smith (3.38 ERA in 16.1 IP) has been the most reliable reliever despite control issues (12 BB).
• Don’t expect Dartmouth to run too much in the series — catcher Matt Colantonio has gunned down half the runners trying to steal (18-of-36).
• Overall on defense, Brown is in the middle of the pack of the Ivy League with a .959 fielding percentage.
Probable Starting Pitchers
• Dartmouth will send the familiar faces to the mound for the series against Brown, beginning with sophomore LHP Kyle Hunter (3-2, 2.92). The southpaw is coming off the worst start of his career in which he surrendered six runs, five earned, without a strikeout over his six innings in the 6-1 loss at Yale. Game two will feature junior RHP (3-1, 2.81), who went the distance in a 5-1 loss to the Bulldogs. The loss snapped a personal 11-game winning streak dating back to his freshman year. On Sunday, junior RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 2.47) will attempt to subdue the Brown bats. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his six starts this year and is among the top 25 in the country in strikeouts per nine innings. Finishing out the series will be freshman LHP Mitch Horacek (3-1, 8.23). The rookie has fared well in limited action on the Biondi Park mound, sporting a 1.13 ERA.
• The Bears will feature their two most successful pitchers to date for the twinbill on Saturday with RHP Matthew Kimball (2-3, 3.38) and RHP Heath Mayo (1-0, 4.40) toeing the slab. Kimball tossed a shutout last weekend against Harvard and gave up just one run the weekend before versus Columbia for his two wins, while Mayo has pitched at least seven innings and yielded no more than two runs in each of his last two starts. Rookie RHP Anthony Galan (1-1, 6.23) — the Ivy co-Pitcher and co-Rookie of the Week back in mid-March — will probably be on tap for the third game in the series, while the finale might fall to RHP Kevin Carlow (0-5, 7.43), who won four games as the Bears’ most reliable starter last year as a rookie, but has struggled this year.
What’s Up Next
Dartmouth will make up a rained-out game against Hartford at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Ivy slate wraps up next weekend when Harvard comes to town for a twinbill on Saturday on Senior Day, then the Green head down the road to Cambridge to take on the Crimson for two more on Sunday.
Games Available Online
Fans that want to watch the action from this weekend’s games from the comfort of their own homes can do so through the official web site of Dartmouth athletics — DartmouthSports.com — with Big Green Insider. Each of the four games will be video streamed and available to subscribers of the service. For those who just want to hear the mellifluous tones of Wayne Young ’72 and Orli Kleiner ’12 can do so by listening to the free audio broadcast on the web site. And, of course, live stats will be available for each game as well.
Triple Your Pleasure
Something about Saint Anselm brings out the triples for the Big Green. Dartmouth tied a school record by swatting four three-baggers against the Division II Hawks, originally set in 1924 and equaled in 1990. Freshman provided two of the triples, becoming the 20th Big Green hitter to accomplish the feat and first since senior Jason Brooks did so against … St. Anselm last year. The last player to collect twin triples before Brooks was junior Joe Sclafani in 2009 … against Saint Anselm. As a team, the Green are second in the country in triples per game and set a new program record for triples — currently at 21 — surpassing last year’s total of 20 (which eclipsed the 2009 record of 19).
Home Win Streak at 17
Dartmouth continued its success at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over Saint Anselm. The win extended the Big Green’s home winning streak to 17 games, second only to North Carolina (19) entering Friday’s action, and the second longest in school history. From 1923-26, Dartmouth won 32 straight games in Hanover. The Green are also 35-5 on the field since the FieldTurf and stadium were installed before the 2009 season.
Gab on the Green
• In seven career appearances on the mound against Brown, senior closer Ryan Smith has six saves to his credit.
• Moving up the career charts in several categories is senior Jeff Onstott, who ranks among Dartmouth’s top 10 all-time in games played (155, 4th), triples (11, 5th), walks (75, 6th) and hits (177, 7th), plus is on the verge of moving into the top 10 in runs (112, 11th), and RBIs (106, 12th). If he plays in every game of this series, he will have participated in more games than any Big Green player ever.
• Also appearing on the all-time lists is junior . He hit his 14th career triple last weekend at Yale, putting him in a tie for third on the all-time list. And he has scored 188 runs to date, seventh at Dartmouth with about one and a quarter seasons to go.
• Junior had his streak of winning 11 straight decisions come to an end against Yale in a 5-1 loss. Only two pitchers in the country had a longer streak at the time his came to an end, and they both pitch for top-ranked Virginia
• Senior catcher Brandon Parks hit his first career home run against BC, hitting a blast off the roof of Leverone Field House down the right-field line.
• Both sophomore and junior posted personal-best marks in innings and strikeouts against Cornell on April 9. Hunter did not get a decision despite allowing just one run over nine innings and striking out 10. Sulser upstaged the southpaw in the second game with a nine-inning, complete-game victory with 13 strikeouts.
• A big reason why sophomore Ennis Coble is tied for the league lead in RBIs is because he is hitting .553 (21-for-38) with runners in scoring position.
• Freshman has started an inning on the mound 28 times, and the opposition has put the lead-off hitter on base just three times.
• The first, third and eighth innings have been especially good to the Big Green bats this year. Dartmouth has scored at least 36 runs in each of those frames, including 48 in the eighth, with a combined .386 batting average.
Offense Muted at Yale
Entering the weekend series at Yale among the top 10 in the nation in batting average and scoring, Dartmouth found runs to be scarce against the Bulldog pitching staff, tallying just three runs in the four games while getting swept. It was the lowest scoring output over a four-game stretch for the Big Green in 25 years, and the first time Yale enjoyed a four-game sweep of Dartmouth since 1998.
The Big Green are hitting just .235 against the conference compared to .357 outside the Ivy League, but senior Sam Bean is one of the few that has been affected by the difference. The outfielder went 6-for-15 against Yale, accounting for one-quarter of Dartmouth’s hits in the series, and leads the team in batting in league play by more than 100 points at .386.