HANOVER, N.H. — Sophomore Michael Calamari blasted a three-run home run, his team-leading fifth of the year, and six Dartmouth pitchers held visiting Middlebury to one run on seven hits as the Big Green (16-20-1) won their fifth straight game, 12-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. The Panthers (16-16) dropped their third straight after winning 10 in a row to conclude their season.
Five Dartmouth hitters banged out a pair of hits, including sophomore Blake Crossing who scored three times and drove in two, as well as freshman Bennett McCaskill who had two RBIs as well, as the Big Green collected 14 safeties in all.
Sophomore Tyler Fagler (1-1) was credited with his first career victory in a scheduled three-inning start. The right-hander did not allow a run while yielding just a pair of singles in his outing. The next two frames were handled by sophomore Michael Parsons before senior Mike Concato, freshmen Jack Schmidt and Carson Seymour, and finally senior Patrick Peterson each tossed an inning. Both Concato and Peterson fanned two while retiring the side in order.
Dartmouth jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Middlebury starter Will Oppenheim (2-2) issued walks to the first two hitters. Junior Sean Sullivan tagged up and took third on a fly ball to center, but the Panther defense was able to gun down the runner on first that tried to surprise the defense by tagging up. But a wild pitch allowed Sullivan to scamper home with the game’s first run.
The Big Green blew open the game in the third, starting with a leadoff double by McCaskill and an RBI single by Sullivan. With the bases loaded, Crossing dropped a double just inside the left-field line to plate two more, and Calamari followed with his four-bagger over the netting in right field for a 7-0 lead.
McCaskill made it a 9-0 game in the fifth with a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Dartmouth tacked on three more in the sixth when junior Steffen Torgersen walked with the bases loaded, senior Justin Fowler dropped an RBI single into center and freshman Logan Adams picked up an RBI on a force out at second.
The lone Panther run was tallied in the seventh when Hamilton Evans lined a two-out single to left, stole second and sprinted home on Jake Turtel’s soft single into right-center. Turtel was the only Middlebury hitter with two hits on the day.
Dartmouth (11-6-1 Ivy) will conclude the regular season with a crucial three-game series at Harvard (20-19, 10-8 Ivy) beginning on Sunday with a doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. The Big Green are currently in second place, but to maintain their position and qualify for the Ivy League Championship Series the following weekend, they must beat the Crimson at least once and also win at least as many games as Columbia does in its three-game series at Cornell on Saturday and Sunday. All three games at Harvard will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices.
Notes: This was the first games between the two schools on the diamond in 19 years, and Dartmouth is now 12-1 all-time against the Panthers dating back to 1922 … Fowler was 2-for-4 with a single and a double, his first hits in just over a month after missing 13 games with an injury … the last five-game win streak for the Big Green came three years ago when they strung together 14 consecutive victories.