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Big Green Win 11th Straight In Tune-Up for Ivy Championship

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Junior Max Langford     By Micky Lewis
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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Sophomore Ennis Coble and senior Brandon Parks each hit three-run homers to lead Dartmouth to a convincing 13-1 victory over the Hartford Hawks at Fiondella Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Big Green (29-10) tied the school record for victories in a season and extended their winning streak to 11 games, the longest current streak in the country. Hartford fell to 3-34-1 on the season in dropping its ninth straight game.

Coble led the Big Green bats by tying a career-high with four of their 15 hits on the afternoon, collecting two singles, a double and the three-run blast, while Parks had two knocks with a career-high four RBIs, adding a run-scoring single to go along with his bomb.

On the mound, junior Max Langford (1-0) became the 11th Dartmouth pitcher to earn a victory this year, tossing five frames in his first start of the season. The right-hander surrendered just one unearned run on four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high four. Seniors Colin Britton and Dan Ternowchek combined to toss four innings of two-hit, scoreless relief to close out the game.

A trio of Big Green doubles in the second erased a 1-0 Hartford lead. Freshman Jeff Keller hit a one-out shot to left that bounded over the fence on a hop. With two down, Parks hit a high pop just in front of the mound that the second baseman could not measure as it fell to the turf for an error and Parks cruised into second as Keller scored to tie the game. After a walk to junior Jake Carlson, junior Joe Sclafani laced a double into the left-center gap to score both runners for a 3-1 lead.

Coble belted a two-out, opposite-field homer to left in the fourth — his first of the year — scoring both Carlson and Sclafani who had each singled.

Reliever Charlie Moran came on for the Hawks in the seventh, and he promptly hit Coble to start the inning. Sophomore Chris O’Dowd lined a single to right and senior Jason Brooks sent both home with a double to the fence in right-center. Two outs later, Parks stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and hit his second four-bagger of the season, making it an 11-1 game.

In the ninth, the Big Green tacked on its final two runs on Parks’ RBI single and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Sclafani.

The lone Hartford run scored in the first when Mike Aldrich hit a two-out single to score Brian Hunter from second.   

Taking the loss was Tyler Corsi (0-5), who gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven.

Dartmouth travels to Princeton this weekend to vie for the Ivy League Championship in a best-of-three series with the Tigers beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon. Should the teams split the doubleheader, they will play a decisive third game on Sunday at 1 p.m.