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|March 3 • Noon|
|RHP Cole O’Connor (0-1, 3.60)||RHP Jonathan Rosero (0-1, 4.82)|
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|March 3 • 3:30 p.m.|
|RHP Jack Fossand (0-1, 6.00)||RHP Tyler Brown (1-0, 2.45)|
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|March 4 • 11:30 a.m.|
|RHP Clay Chatham (0-0, 10.38 in 2017)||RHP Kevin Superko (0-2, 9.00)
Trip to Sunshine State
Dartmouth would love to continue the success it had last year when playing in the state of Florida having won eight of its 12 games down there, including series wins over two nationally ranked teams in Miami and UCF. This time, the Big Green take on Villanova, Northeastern and Georgetown in search of their first win of 2018.
Last Week in Review
• Georgia Tech handed Dartmouth three losses in the Big Green’s opening weekend of action, starting with a 10-0 shutout before rallying for 12-9 and 11-5 victories in a Saturday twinbill.
• This is the fifth time in the last 10 seasons that Dartmouth has started 0-3. In the other four years, the Big Green won an Ivy title, three other Rolfe Division crowns and lost a divisional playoff. Certainly not the time to panic.
• It had been four years since Dartmouth surrendered 10 or more run in three consecutive games.
• Junior Sean Sullivan, who had started just three games in his first two seasons, made the most of his opportunity by going 6-for-12 with a double, stolen base, three runs and an RBI.
• Whoever had senior Justin Fowler in the pool as the player to hit the first home run of the 2018 season can claim their prize. Fowler hit a long home run in the second game, matching his season total of each of the last two seasons.
• Speaking of matching a home run total, junior Nate Ostmo hit his second career four-bagger in the same game as Fowler. It was a three-run shot, also matching the number of long balls the Green hit last year with at least two men on base.
• The three rookies started at least one game in the field — Oliver Campbell, Ubaldo Lopez and Bennett McCaskill — but the only rookie to rap out his first collegiate hit was Logan Adams as a pinch hitter in the final inning of game three.
• A pair of freshman pitchers climbed the hill in relief at Georgia Tech in Sai Davuluri and Carson Seymour. Davuluri faced just one batter before departing with an injury, while Seymour retired two of the three batters he faced.
• Mike Concato made his first pitching appearance in 1,021 days, tossing two shutout innings of relief before running into trouble in his third.
Overall Record vs. Opponents
• Villanova sports a 9-4 record over Dartmouth, winning the last game two years ago at the Snowbird Classic, 14-1.
• The series with the Wildcats dates back to the 1906 season, but since 1955, the two teams have split eight games.
• It has been a little longer since the Big Green took on Northeastern on the diamond, losing a pair of games in 2002.
• Dartmouth still holds the all-time lead against the Huskies with a 13-11 record, dating back to 1929.
• The series with Georgetown is the oldest among these three teams as the Green won the first two meetings in 1892, though the Hoyas lead the overall series, 11-7.
• It has been more than 50 years since the last games, however, with Dartmouth dropping a doubleheader to Georgetown in 1966.
Quick Scout of the Opponents
• Villanova swept a three-game series at Norfolk State to start the year, then dropped three straight at USC to even its record at 3-3.
• While the bats have produced just one home run, the offense has put up seven runs a game with Timothy Lilly (.417 BA) and Ryan Toohers (.412) leading the way.
• The pitchers have a 5.47 ERA, striking out 48 batters in 51 innings, but the defense behind them have committed 10 errors (.955).
• Northeastern enters the weekend with a 4-3 record with a series win against Creighton and a split of a four-game set with Missouri.
• The Huskie offense has provided more than six runs a game, and while the staff ERA is above 8.00, two blowout losses of 15-7 and 20-1 are to blame.
• Charlie McConnell (.467) and Jake Farrell (.464) are tearing it up at the plate.
• Like Dartmouth, Georgetown comes to Florida in search of its first win, but the Hoyas have lost seven straight to start the year, including a three-game sweep at Davidson last weekend.
• The offense has struggled out of the gate with just 19 runs and a .220 team average, led by Austin Shirley (no relation to Dustin) who is hitting .318.
• Opponents have scored 9.3 runs per game, and the staff has walked 43 batters in 53 innings.
Probable Starting Pitchers
• For Dartmouth, junior RHP and co-captain Cole O’Connor (0-1, 3.60) will start against Villanova having surrendered fewer than four earned runs in all but two of his 18 career starts. The Wildcats will send RHP Jonathan Rosero (0-1, 4.82) who has walked eight and fanned seven in 9.1 innings over his first two starts.
• The second game on Saturday against Northeastern will find senior RHP Jack Fossand (0-1, 6.00) on the bump for the Big Green. Last week he was saddled with the loss out of the bullpen in game two against the Yellow Jackets. Northeastern will counter with RHP Tyler Brown (1-0, 2.45), a New Hampshire native whose transistion to starting after two years in the pen has gone well, with one walk and 11 whiffs in 11 innings over his two starts.
• Senior RHP Clay Chatham (0-0, 10.38) will look to earn his first collegiate victory in his 14th career start when Dartmouth takes on Georgetown, while the Hoyas will go with RHP Kevin Superko (0-2, 9.00) who owns a career 9-11 record and has walked just two but surrendered four homers in nine innings this season.
What’s Up Next
Dartmouth has some time away from the diamond for winter exams, not playing again for 10 days when it opens up a 10-game, 11-day trip to California with a single contest at UC Santa Barbara on March 14.
Welcome Back Concato
Senior Mike Concato missed both the 2016 and 2017 seasons with an injury after earning All-Ivy Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2015. The right-hander finally returned to the mound for the Big Green, pitching out of the bullpen in the season opener, his first appearance in 1,021 days. Only one other player at the Division I level has suffered through a longer time between games before playing again this season, that being Clay Conaway, a pitcher for Delaware (1,041 days).
Sullivan Streaks to Hot Start
After starting just three games over his first two seasons in Hanover, junior Sean Sullivan made his case to remain in the lineup following his performance at Georgia Tech. Starting at second base all three games, Sullivan rapped out six hits in 12 trips to the plate with a double, stolen base, three runs and an RBI to lead the Big Green offense.
Lefties Can Start?
When sophomore Michael Parsons climbed the hill at Georgia Tech on Feb. 24, it was the first start by a Big Green lefty since March 21, 2015, with 114 contests in between the two games. The pitcher that started the game against 16th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on that date you ask? Why, that would be current senior Marc Bachman, the only start of his career. Dartmouth did have two other games started by a southpaw earlier that year, both courtesy of Adam Frank ’15.
Welcome to College
Freshman Logan Adams may not have started any of the games at Georgia Tech, but he was the first rookie to collect his first collegiate hit with a pinch single in the ninth of the final game. In the first game of the series, RHP Carson Seymour recorded his first career strikeout to end the eighth inning. Three other rookies cracked the starting lineup as well — Oliver Campbell as the DH in the first and third games, Ubaldo Lopez as the DH in game two and Bennett McCaskill behind the plate in the series finale.
Opening Day Defeat
Dartmouth was shut out at Georgia Tech on opening day, 10-0, its first blanking in the first game in four years and 11th ever in 146 seasons. Overall, the Big Green sport a record of 67-78-1 in their season opener and are 13-16 under head coach Bob Whalen.
Back in Georgia 31 Years Later
With the series at Georgia Tech, Dartmouth made its first return to the state of Georgia for a baseball game since it played in the 1987 NCAA Northeast Regional at Chandler Stadium. The starting pitcher in a loss to Fordham (and the first baseman in the other two games) was none other than Mark Johnson, who enjoyed a seven-year MLB career and whose son, Trevor Johnson, started all three games for the Big Green, the first two in center field, the other as the DH.
Rough Opening Weekend for Ivies
Dartmouth wasn’t the only Ivy League team to struggle over the opening weekend of play for the league. Conference teams went just 2-19 over the three days with the lone victories belonging to Harvard (5-3 at Samford) and Penn (8-5 at Northwestern State).