CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Every Dartmouth starter had at least one hit, led by senior Jake Carlson with three, as the Big Green won their 10th straight game with a 9-6 triumph at Boston College on Wednesday afternoon. The victory boosts Dartmouth’s record to 19-15 on the season, while the host Eagles dropped to 16-26.
While Carlson was going 3-for-4 with a walk, run and RBI on the day, four other Big Green batters had two hits, including sophomore Jeff Keller who pulled a two-run shot down the left-field line in the eighth, his fourth four-bagger of the year. Senior Joe Sclafani, junior Chris O'Dowd and sophomore Dustin Selzer also had two knocks, while senior David Turnbull drove in a pair of runs.
Dartmouth jumped on Boston College starter Jay Jeannotte (0-1) right from the start with Sclafani lining a single to center and freshman Matt Parisi swatting an RBI triple. O’Dowd followed with a tapper to first, allowing Parisi to cross the plate for a 2-0 Big Green lead.
Freshman right-hander Chris England, making his first collegiate start, kept the Eagle lineup in check over the first four innings, yielding just one run in the third. Nate LaPointe started the stanza with a single and took second on John Hennessey’s bunt single. Two outs later, runners were on the corners when Tom Bourdon hit a ball in the right-center gap for a double that scored one, but the potential tying run was gunned down on a perfect relay to the plate by Parisi from the right fielder Turnbull.
The score remained 2-1 until the fifth when the Big Green roughed up reliever Steve Green. O’Dowd singled, stole second and took third when the throw sailed into center field. Selzer sent a pitch back through the box for an RBI single and Keller followed with an infield hit. After a sacrifice by freshman Matt MacDowell, Green got the second out on strikes. But Turnbull slapped a shot to right for a two-run double, then raced home on Carlson’s second single of the day. Carlson promptly stole second and was driven in by Sclafani with a single for a 7-1 lead.
Boston College responded with three in the home half of the fifth when Marc Perdios doubled home two runs and scored on a Spenser Payne double. England was able to get the final two outs to maintain a three-run lead at 7-4.
In the sixth, Andrew Lawrence stroked a leadoff single, ending England’s afternoon. Sophomore Mike Dodakian trotted in from the bullpen and needed just six pitches to get the three outs, with a little help from MacDowell behind the plate as he gunned down Lawrence trying to steal for a second time.
Keller provided his two-run bomb in the eighth just inside the left-field foul pole to extend the Dartmouth lead to five at 9-4.
Dodakian went on to retire 10 straight hitters and was one out away from registering four perfect innings, but Tyler Hinchliffe doubled and LaPointe followed with a two-run homer. One hit batter later, Dodakian finished off the Eagles on a fly to right, earning his third save of the year.
England (2-0) picked up the win, surrendering four runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings while striking out one.
LaPointe went 3-for-4 for Boston College, scoring three of the six runs with a single, double and his second long ball of the year.
Dartmouth plays Harvard four times this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday in Cambridge and another on Sunday in Hanover, both starting at 1 p.m. The Big Green need just one win to clinch their fifth consecutive Rolfe Division title. Boston College hosts Wake Forest this weekend in a three-game ACC series, starting Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Notes: This is the 10th winning streak of at least 10 games in Dartmouth's history and third in the last four seasons. The most recent one was an 11-game streak last year ... Carlson is batting .568 (21-of-37) over the last 10 games, raising his avearge 102 points to .370 on the season.