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Baseball Salvages Split in Ivy Opener at Princeton

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Freshman Adam Frank befuddled the Princeton bats in the second game on Saturday.     By Tim Mueller
HANOVER, N.H. — Freshman left-hander Adam Frank held host Princeton hitless for six innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Clarke Field as Dartmouth (4-11, 1-1 Ivy) salvaged a split of its first league games with an 8-2 victory. In the opener, right-hander Mike Ford twirled a four-hit shutout for the Tigers (7-10, 1-1 Ivy) while the Princeton bats belted three home runs for an 8-0 triumph over the Big Green.

Frank (2-1) allowed just two base runners in the first four innings, a hit batter in the second and a two-out walk in the third. The Tigers did touch him for an unearned run in the fifth, however, after he issued a lead-off walk to John Mishu. With one down, Mishu swiped second and took third when the throw got away. He then scored on a grounder to short off the bat of Blake Thomsen.

Dartmouth already owned a 2-0 lead at the time of the Tigers’ unearned run. Freshman Matt Robinson belted a solo homer — the first of his career — out to right-center to start the fourth off of right-hander Zak Hermans (2-2). Two outs later, senior Jake Carlson drew a walk and came around to score from first on senior Joe Sclafani’s second double of the game.

Still clinging to the 2-1 lead in the seventh, the Big Green touched Hermans for two more runs. Sclafani and freshman Thomas Roulis both singled with one out, but Hermans got the second out on strikes. Sophomore Dustin Selzer came through in the clutch, pulling the first pitch he got down the left-field line for a two-run double and a 4-1 advantage.

The no-hitter remained intact after Frank retired the side in order in the sixth, but he got into trouble with another lead-off walk in the seventh. After a passed ball, Tyler Servais got Princeton into the hit column with an RBI double to left. Frank then retired Mishu on a fly to right, but after Steve Harrington worked him for a walk, Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen called upon another freshman from the bullpen, right-hander Thomas Olson. Princeton countered with a pair of left-handed bats off the bench, but Olson was up to the challenge, inducing a pop up and retiring the side with a punchout to preserve the 4-2 lead.

The Big Green broke open the game in the eighth thanks to three Tiger errors which directly led to the first two runs in the frame. Roulis capped the outburst with his first collegiate homer, a two-run blast to right-center, ending Hermans’ afternoon on the mound after he allowed all eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits and three walks over 7.2 innings with five strikeouts.

Olson retired the side in order in the eighth, but Princeton loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before the rookie subdued the potential rally with a strikeout and a harmless fly to right to earn his second save of the season. Frank threw 107 pitches in his 6.1 innings, yielding the two runs, one earned, on the one hit and four walks while fanning five.

Junior Ennis Coble had four hits in the nightcap while Sclafani had three, including his two doubles, and Roulis, Robinson and Carlson each scored twice for the Big Green.

Ford (1-3) was just as effective as Frank in the opener, handing Dartmouth its second shutout of the season and earning his first victory despite striking out just one batter. In his seven-inning complete game, the Big Green managed four singles, three walks and a hit batter, with all eight runners being left on base.

Princeton jumped on Dartmouth junior Kyle Hunter (0-2) in the first as Mishu hit a two-out grand slam for a quick 4-0 lead. Then in the second, Matt Bowman capped a three-run inning with a two-run round-tripper, his first of the season. Sam Mulroy got into the long ball act in the fourth with a solo shot.

Mulroy had three of the Tigers’ 13 hits in the game, while Mishu, Bowman and Alec Keller each had two knocks. For the Big Green, Sclafani rapped out two of their four singles.

Dartmouth makes the trek to Ithaca, N.Y., for a doubleheader at Cornell (14-5-1, 1-1 Ivy) on Sunday at noon. Princeton hosts Harvard (3-17, 1-1 Ivy) tomorrow at noon as well.