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Senior Jake Carlson hit the first known cycle in Dartmouth history.

Carlson's Cycle Carries Dartmouth to 12-4 Victory

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 04/04/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. — Senior center fielder Jake Carlson became the first known player in Dartmouth history to hit for the cycle, completing the feat with an infield single in his final at-bat, as the Big Green handed visiting Saint Anselm a 12-4 defeat in the intermittent rain on Wednesday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. Dartmouth (5-13) extended its home winning streak to 26 games, the longest in the country, while the Division II Hawks fell to 11-15-1 on the season.

From the ninth spot in the order, Carlson began the day inauspiciously by looking at a called third strike in the third inning. But in the fourth, he yanked a pitch over the left fielder’s head for a double, then drilled his first home run of the season over the left-field fence in the fifth frame. Carlson boomed a deep drive to the base of the wall in center in the sixth inning for a two-run triple before stepping to the plate one last time in the eighth. He jumped on the first pitch and hit a hard grounder to the right of the pitcher. The second baseman made a sliding stop to glove the ball, but could not recover in time to throw Carlson out, giving him his historic cycle and a 4-for-5 afternoon with three runs and four RBIs.

“I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball and not worry about getting the single,” Carlson said after the game. “With the big lead late in the game, I knew they would come right at me, and I got a pitch to hit. Fortunately it was far enough away from the second baseman to allow me to get the single. But even better than that was overcoming a slow start in the game with everyone having good at-bats to get this win.”

The slow start to which he referred was allowing Saint Anselm to score an unearned run in the both the first and second innings as the Big Green committed three errors. Robert Kelly stroked an RBI single up the middle in the top of the first to score Tito Lluberes who had reached on a bobbled ball. The next inning, Richie Manzi lifted a deep fly to right to plate Andrew Chandler, who had reached base thanks to a wild throw.

Dartmouth finally touched Hawk starter David Kent for two runs in the third to tie the score. Senior Joe Sclafani ripped a double to left and scored on consecutive wild pitches. Freshman Matt Parisi sent a pitch back through the box for a single, but was gunned down at the plate on a double off the bat of junior Ennis Coble, his first of four hits on the day. Kent should have been out of the inning when sophomore Dustin Selzer’s hot smash was gloved by the third baseman, but his throw was wide of first, putting runners on the corners. Sophomore Jeff Keller followed with an RBI single, knotting the game at two apiece.

Carlson gave the Big Green the lead in the fourth against reliever Ryan Cosmopulos (0-1) with his double that plated freshman Nick Lombardi, but the Hawks answered with a run in the top of the fifth. Lluberes led off with a walk, took third on Manzi’s single and crossed the plate when Kelly bounced into a double play.

Dartmouth came right back in the bottom half when Keller dropped a double into the left-field corner, took third on a single by freshman Matt Robinson and scored when the throw back to the infield squirted away. One out later, freshman Matt MacDowell hit a sacrifice fly before Carlson crushed his four-bagger, ending Cosmopulos’ day with the Green sporting a 6-3 lead.

After Dan Lagasse singled, stole second, took third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch, Dartmouth broke the game wide open with five unearned runs. An errant throw with two down allowed the first two runs to cross the plate, and one batter later Carlson delivered his two-run triple. Sclafani followed with a clean single up the middle for an 11-4 advantage.

Carlson scored the final run in the eighth, taking third on a Sclafani double and scoring on a Coble two-out single.

Coble finished the game a perfect 4-for-4, reaching base a total of six times with a walk and a hit by pitch. Sclafani and Keller each had three hits as well, helping the Big Green collect a season-high 19 knocks in the game.

Sophomore Louis Concato (1-1) earned the victory, allowing three runs — but only one earned — on five hits and a walk in his five-inning start, striking out one. Senior Max Langford came on and struck out five in two innings of relief, while freshman Chris England and sophomore Mike Dodakian each tossed a scoreless inning to finish out the game.

Lluberes, Kelly and Lagasse each provided two hits to the Saint Anselm cause with Lluberes scoring two of the four Hawk runs.

Dartmouth continues its six-game homestand this weekend when Penn (12-10, 3-1 Ivy) and Columbia (10-14, 3-1 Ivy) come to town for noon doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Penn is the last team to beat the Big Green on their home field, back on April 11, 2010 by a 9-5 score. St. Anselm returns to Manchester, N.H., to host Assumption tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
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