LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Dartmouth bats exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning in defeating Nebraska Omaha on Wednesday afternoon, 10-3, at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. Junior Bo Patterson had two hits and two RBIs in the decisive inning to help the Big Green (2-6) snap a five-game losing streak, while the Mavericks fell back to .500 at 9-9.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Patterson started the inning innocently enough against reliever Sam Murphy (1-1) with a bunt single. A single by junior Matt MacDowell and a walk to sophomore Nick Ruppert loaded the bases with nobody out, leading to Omaha summoning left-hander Josh Bullock from the bullpen. Junior Matt Parisi knotted the score at two with a sacrifice fly, then a wild pitch put the go-ahead runs on second and third.
After taking a strike, junior Thomas Roulis shot a ball through the right side for a two-run single to give Dartmouth a 4-2 lead. Bullock got the second out on a popup, but junior Nick Lombardi yanked a double down the left-field line and sophomore Joe Purritano collected two RBIs with a single to right-center.
But the Big Green weren’t finished as freshman Michael Ketchmark singled back through the box and Patterson finished what he started by lacing a 1-0 pitch down the line in right for a two-run double.
The biggest inning of the young season for Dartmouth made a winner out of sophomore Duncan Robinson (1-1) in his second career start. The right-hander allowed just two runs on four hits and three walks in his seven-inning stint while striking out three. Of his 114 pitches, 75 were strikes, and he induced three double plays.
Patterson drove in a career-high three runs as he and MacDowell each had three hits with a double to lead the Big Green’s 15-hit attack. Roulis scored twice and produced three RBIs, while Parisi, Purritano and Ketchmark all had two knocks.
Dartmouth took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to an unearned run when Parisi began the game with a walk, scampered to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on a Roulis sacrifice fly. But Omaha countered with a run in its half on a double off the bat of Clayton Taylor that scored Alex Schultz, who had walked.
The only other run off of Robinson came in the fourth frame. Taylor was plunked leading off, advanced to third on a pair of ground outs and trotted home on Tyler Splichal’s single to center for a 2-1 lead.
After the Big Green took the 8-2 lead in the seventh, they added solitary runs in each of the final two innings as well. Senior Jeff Keller drove in Roulis from second with a single in the eighth, and Ketchmark tripled in the ninth before MacDowell sent him plateward with a single to center.
Freshman southpaw Zach Sorenson pitched the final two innings to finish up the victory for Dartmouth, allowing a single run in the ninth on a Daniel Jewitt RBI single.
The two teams will play the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark, once again beginning at 2 p.m. (CDT).