HANOVER, N.H. — For the first time since Dartmouth built Biondi Park and added FieldTurf to Red Rolfe Field before the 2009 season, the Big Green were defeated by a non-conference opponent on its home field. Boston College (6-25) matched a season-high 16 hits on Tuesday afternoon to beat Dartmouth (17-6), 9-5, and end the Green’s 20-game home winning streak against teams from outside of the Ivy League.
Blake Butera and Matt Pare each had three hits for the Eagles, with the former collecting two doubles amongst his three safeties. Seven of the nine BC hitters had at least one RBI as well, including Gabriel Hernandez who drove in a team-high three runs.
Sophomore Matt Parisi led the Dartmouth offense by going 3-for-4 with a triple and his first collegiate home run while driving in two of the team’s five runs.
Boston College had at least two base runners in every inning except the ninth and scored in each frame from the second through the eighth. Hernandez provided the first run of the contest in the second with an RBI single to score Hoggarth who had hit a leadoff double. Hoggarth drove in a run with a grounder in the third, plating Pare, and Butera stroked his first double in the fourth to bring Joe Cronin around from first base with two down for a 3-0 Eagle lead.
In the home half of the fourth, Dartmouth got the bats going as junior Dustin Selzer ripped a single to left and scored on junior Jeff Keller’s double high off the fence in left-center. Sophomore Nick Lombardi made it back-to-back two-baggers with a shot over the left fielder’s head, ending BC starter Eric Stone’s afternoon after three-plus innings. Junior Ryan Toimil then greeted reliever Nick Poore with a single to left-center to tie the game at three.
The Eagles answered with three runs of their own in the fifth against freshman reliever Beau Sulser (0-1), who had come on in the fourth in place of sophomore starter Adam Frank and got the third out on strikes with two men on base. After retiring the first two batters on grounders to short, Boston College started a rally with the bottom three hitters in the order. Stephen Sauter singled and went to second with Matt McGovern walked. Hernandez then sent a deep fly to right-center that just tipped off the glove of a sprinting Keller in right for a two-run double. Cronin then poked a single to right to send Hernandez home from second for a 6-3 lead.
Sauter provided the run in the sixth by blooping a double just inside the left-field line with two outs to score John Hennessey.
Parisi got that run back for the Big Green when he ripped a ball into the alley in left-center for an RBI triple, scoring freshman Adam Gauthier who had walked. But Butera hit another double in the seventh with one gone and scurried home on a Pare single through the right side, and McGovern capped the Eagle scoring in the eighth with a solo blast just over the fence in right field, his first of the season.
In the ninth, Parisi tried to ignite the Dartmouth offense by crushing his first home run to straight-away left, but it was all the offense the Big Green could muster in the final frame.
John Nicklas (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief, allowing one run on a hit and two walks while striking one batter out. Jeff Burke pitched a scoreless seventh and John Gorman retired six of the seven batters he faced, allowing just the Parisi solo shot, to close out the BC win.
Dartmouth is back in action on Wednesday afternoon at Holy Cross (14-17), which lost to Central Connecticut State today, 5-4. Boston College heads to Amherst, Mass., tomorrow to take on Massachusetts (4-17) in a Beanpot Tournament game at 3 p.m.
Notes: Dartmouth is now 28-38 all-time against Boston College, which was the last team to beat the Green in Hanover back on April 30, 2008 ... coupled with Sunday's loss to Cornell in the second game of a doubleheader, the Big Green have lost consecutive games at home for the first time since Biondi Park opened as well ... Dartmouth is now 58-10 at its home field since it opened ... Keller, who was 2-for-4, very easily could have had a perfect day at the plate as his two outs were scorching liners right to the third baseman.