WEST HARTFORD, Conn.
— Sophomore Dustin Selzer
went 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs to lead visiting Dartmouth (13-15) to a 14-5 victory over Hartford (9-26) at Fiondella Field on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Jeff Keller
also had four knocks with two doubles as the Big Green pounded out a season-high 20 hits while scoring their most runs in just over a year.
The four hits were career highs for both Selzer and Keller, with the former extending his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games and the latter going a perfect 4-for-4 with a hit by pitch to boost his average to .405 for the season. Over the last nine games, Selzer has been on a tear, hitting ,485 (16-for-33) with four doubles, a triple, four homers and 20 RBIs while slugging 1.030.
Selzer began the offensive onslaught by launching a three-run homer in the first off of Hawk left-hander Austin Barnes, making his first collegiate start, to score freshman Thomas Roulis
who had doubled and junior Chris O’Dowd
had walked. Keller immediately started things up again with a solid single to center, took second on a comebacker that was thrown wildly and scored when the Hawk defense could not turn a double play as the relay to first went wide. The third error of the inning allowed senior David Turnbull
to reach base, and senior Jake Carlson
took advantage of the miscues by sending a pitch back through the box for an RBI single and a 5-0 lead.
In the second, Hartford jumped right back into the thick of things thanks to five straight hits that scored two runs and loaded the bases with nobody out. Dartmouth sophomore starter Louis Concato
got the first out on strikes, but Pat Knauth stroked a two-run single to bring the Hawks back within a run. That would be all in the inning, however, as Concato induced Trey Stover to hit into a double play to end the uprising.
Dartmouth answered back in the third when freshman Matt MacDowell
delivered an RBI single to score Keller, who had been hit by a pitch. Barnes fanned the next two hitters, but was relieved by Ryan Carter with senior Joe Sclafani
at the plate. Carter tried to pick MacDowell off first, but threw the ball down the right-field line, allowing freshman Matt Parisi
to cross the plate for a 7-4 edge.
Selzer drilled an RBI doubles in the fourth and fifth innings, the second one sandwiched between a long solo homer off the bat of Carlson, his second of the year, and a run-scoring double by Keller.
With rookie reliever Chris England
(1-0) on the mound to start the fifth, Hartford was able to get a run back on consecutive two-out doubles by Andy Drexel and Brian Hunter, his third two-bagger of the day. England would settle down from there, retiring the next seven batters he faced.
In the meantime, Roulis walked to lead off the top of the seventh, stole second with two down and scored on another Keller double, his fourth hit of the day, for a 12-5 lead. The Big Green tacked on two more runs in the ninth when MacDowell had another RBI single — giving Dartmouth a season-high 20 knocks on the day — and Turnbull walked to force in the 14th and final run.
Senior Max Langford
pitched a perfect eighth, catching two batters looking at third strikes, and sophomore Mike Dodakian
tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the fourth straight victory for the Big Green.
England (1-0) earned the victory, allowing just one run in his three innings of relief of Concato, who surrendered four runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts over four frames.
Carlson and MacDowell joined in the hit parade with three apiece, while Roulis, O’Dowd and Selzer each scored three times.
Hunter lead the Hawks at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three doubles, a run and an RBI.
Dartmouth returns home to Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park to protect its three-game lead in the Ivy League’s Rolfe Division with a four-game series against Yale (9-26-1, 2-10) this weekend. The doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday will start at noon and will be streamed live on the internet on DartmouthSports.com, the official website of Dartmouth athletics. Hartford begins a four-game America East series at Stony Brook (25-10) with a twinbill on Saturday at noon.