The Games: Dartmouth (1-5) vs. Nebraska Omaha (8-8)
Location: Hoglund Ballpark (2,500), Lawrence, Kan. (Kansas University)
First pitches: Tuesday, March 18 at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, March 19 at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 20 at 3 p.m. (all times Eastern)
Series Record vs. Omaha: First meeting
Complete Series Notes
Bats Still Thawing Out
Having been swept by 27th-ranked TCU over the weekend, Dartmouth is looking to snap its longest losing streak (four) in nearly two years when it meets Nebraska Omaha on the diamond for the first time this week. The Big Green managed just two runs in the three-game series against the Horned Frogs, but there isn’t much shame in that considering TCU has a team ERA of 2.11.
Last Series in Review
• TCU handed Dartmouth three losses over the weekend, the first time the Green were swept in a three-game series since UC Irvine beat them three straight on March 22-24, 2012.
• The last time Dartmouth scored just two runs in a three-game span came three years ago at Yale.
• Only Big Green batters with the name Nick posted multi-hit games during the series with junior Nick Lombardi going 2-for-4 in the second game and sophomore Nick Ruppert going 2-for-3 in the finale.
• Senior Louis Concato took the loss in the first game despite providing a quality start. He allowed two earned runs, four overall, on 10 hits in six innings without walking a batter.
• Senior Jeff Keller was the only player with a hit in each of the first five games, but took the collar on Sunday.
• Junior Matt Parisi had reached base in 21 consecutive games before having that streak snapped on Sunday as well.
• Dartmouth outfielders threw three TCU runners out on the basepaths, including two at home. Right fielder Keller had two assists in one game, one of which completed a double play at the plate, while junior Bo Patterson gunned down a runner trying to score in the first inning during the series opener.
The Overall Record vs. Omaha
• This is the first time Dartmouth and the Mavericks will meet on the diamond.
• The Big Green have never officially lost to any of the current Summit League teams. Last year Dartmouth beat North Dakota State, 6-0, and back in 1988 it played three games against South Dakota State, winning the second one, 7-6, and the first and third contests by forfeit.
Scouting the Mavericks
• Omaha is coming off a three-game sweep of Air Force in its first home games of the season to even its record at 8-8.
• The offense is averaging 4.3 runs a game while posting a slash line of .262/.324/.341. But two Mavericks sport an average better than .370 in Cole Gruber (.381) and Alex Schultz (.373).
• As a team, Omaha has a 3.90 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 136 innings. The opposition is hitting .257, and 15 different pitchers have already taken the mound for the Mavericks.
• With a .970 fielding percentage, the defense has been solid, but opponents have been successful stealing on 20-of-22 attempts.
Probable Starting Pitchers
• First up for the Big Green is one of the two southpaws on the staff in junior LHP Adam Frank (0-1, 18.00), who surrendered six runs in three innings at FIU in the season opener. Omaha will counter with a left-hander of its own in Steven Schoonover (0-0, 0.00), who pitched two innings in his only appearance of the season, allowing one unearned run.
• Sophomore RHP Duncan Robinson (0-1, 16.62) gets a second shot at starting for the second game. Although he did not fare well at FIU in his first collegiate start, he did throw two solid innings of relief at TCU, yielding just an unearned run. He will go up against RHP Sam Murphy (1-0, 0.84), who had been used exclusively out of the bullpen until this assignment. Opponents are hitting just .143 off him in 10.2 innings of work.
• To conclude the series, senior RHP (0-1, 1.80) will climb the hill for Dartmouth. He fared well in his first start, surrendering just two earned runs over six innings at TCU, but took the loss in the 4-1 contest. The Mavericks will send staff ace RHP Tyler Fox (2-1, 2.66) to the mound. He has struck out 15 batters and walked six in 23.2 innings this year.
What’s Up Next
Dartmouth will remain in Lawrence to play a three game-series against the 18th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. This will be the third of four series this year against a ranked opponent, and all three games will be broadcast on ESPN3.
#27 TCU Stymies Big Green Bats
The Horned Frogs held Dartmouth to just two runs in the three-game series held March 14-16, the fewest runs over a three-game span for the Green since tallying two at Yale three years ago. Dartmouth hit just .198 for the series with one extra-base hit, a double by senior . Going up against the TCU staff was a tough assignment, however, as it sported a 2.11 ERA after 19 games.
Parisi’s Streak Ends at 21
Leadoff hitter successfully reached base in each of the first five games of the season, and coupled with his season-ending streak of 16 in 2013, he had reached base in 21 straight contests. That came to an end in the final game at #27 TCU as he took the collar going 0-for-4.
Rare Four-Game Skid
Having won six straight divisional titles, Dartmouth has not had many long losing streaks of late. But having been swept at #27 TCU, the Big Green have lost four in a row. Since 2010, only once has Dartmouth dropped more than four straight, that being a six-game skid March 18-24, 2012.
Win Over Ranked Team
It had been almost eight years since Dartmouth defeated a team in one of the national rankings when the Big Green blanked #30 FIU on March 1, 3-0. It ended a 13-game skid against ranked squads, dating back to a 3-2 win at #21 Pepperdine back on St. Patrick’s Day in 2006.
Keller Continues to Double Up
Senior led the nation in doubles per game in 2013 (0.53), and picked up right where he left off by starting this season with four two-baggers in the three-game series at FIU. He now has 43 doubles in his career and needs nine more to break the school record of 51 set by Scott Shirrell ’04.