CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Senior Michael Danielak twirled seven shutout innings and freshman Trevor Johnson hit his first collegiate home run on the first pitch of the game as Dartmouth cruised to a 5-0 win over 17th-ranked Miami on Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Big Green improved to 4-2 while recording their second shutout against the Hurricanes to win the three-game series, dropping Miami to 4-6 on the season.
Danielak (2-0) befuddled the Hurricane lineup just as Beau Sulser did in Friday night’s 1-0 win, matching his classmate with seven shutout innings. The right-hander threw 109 pitches, 78 for strikes, in allowing five singles and just one walk while punching out six batters, extending his scoreless streak to start the season to 12 innings.
After Johnson crushed the initial offering from Miami left-hander Michael Mediavilla (0-3) over just over the fence beyond the outstretched glove of the left fielder, the Big Green capitalized on some defensive lapses by the Hurricanes.
Junior Kyle Holbrook roped a single past the diving second baseman to lead off the second, then trotted to second base on a balk. The Miami middle infielders then committed two errors on Mike Brown’s humpback liner to second, allowing Holbrook to score and sending Brown to third. When sophomore Nate Ostmo laid down a safety squeeze bunt, Brown slid across the plate to make it a 3-0 game and Ostmo reached first for an RBI single.
In the fourth, junior Justin Fowler started a one-out rally, sneaking a grounder down the first base line for a single. Ostmo continued to get the little things done at the plate, executing a hit-and-run to perfection by poking a single right where the second baseman had been as Fowler took off on the full-count pitch, putting runners on the corners.
The defense let Mediavilla down again when the catcher threw the ball into center field trying to nab Ostmo stealing, and Fowler trotted home as Ostmo scampered to third. After a walk to senior Adam Gauthier, Johnson picked up his second RBI by beating the relay to first on an attempted double play for a 5-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Danielak was rarely in any real trouble, issuing just a one-out walk over the first three innings while fanning three. Carl Chester recorded the first Hurricane knock on a one-out infield hit in the fourth, and took third on a two-out single by Christopher Barr. Danielak induced a routine grounder to second, however, to end the brief threat.
The only other Miami runner to reach scoring position against the Big Green hurler came in the seventh when Edgar Michelangeli and Hunter Tackett both singled with two down. But Danielak froze Joe Gomez on a 1-2 breaking ball, getting the called third strike to end his afternoon on the mound.
Left-hander Marc Bachman came on to start the eighth, but found trouble on a lead-off single before hitting a batter with one gone. Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen summoned senior Chris Burkholder from the bullpen, and he quickly snuffed out the rally with a strikeout and a slow roller to first.
In the ninth, Burkholder surrendered a pair of singles, but stranded both by inducing a pair of grounders to end the game.
Miami ended up collecting more hits than Dartmouth, 8-7, but three Hurricane errors led to three unearned runs while the Big Green played flawlessly in the field. Ostmo had two of the seven Dartmouth safeties, and Johnson’s solo bomb was the lone extra-base hit of the game for either team.
Mediavilla (0-3) took the loss by yielding all five runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Tackett was the lone Hurricane hitter with two hits to his credit.
Dartmouth has the next 10 days off due to winter exams and will return to the diamond when it travels to Charleston, South Carolina, for a four-game series at The Citadel on March 16-19. Miami next hosts FIU on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
Notes: This is the first time Dartmouth has won a series against a top-25 team, and is now 3-4 all-time against the Hurricanes ... the Big Green also won two games against nationally ranked teams in 2014 (No. 30 FIU and No. 18 Kansas) ... Miami had not lost a series to a team outside one of the Power-5 conferences since May of 2009 ... the victory was the 550th in Whalen’s 28 seasons at the helm of the Dartmouth program.