|April 10 • 3 p.m.|
|ILN • Live Stats|
|UML: RHP Matt Kerin (0-0, 9.00)|
In a game that was originally scheduled to be played at the Lowell Spinners ballpark in Massachusetts, Dartmouth will instead host UMass Lowell for a mid-week, non-conference matchup on Tuesday. The Big Green are 29-7 all-time at Biondi Park against teams outside the Ivy League, but two of those losses have been to the River Hawks.
The Record vs. UMass Lowell
• Although the series dates back to 1934, the teams have met only 14 times with the River Hawks enjoying a 9-5 advantage.
• Only four of those games have been played since UML moved up to Division I officially before the 2013 season with Dartmouth winning the first two and the River Hawks the most recent two.
• Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen has been the head coach of the Big Green for 11 of the 14 meetings, going 4-7 against UML.
• The last team to win a home game against the other came in 1999 when the River Hawks handed Dartmouth a 13-3 defeat.
Scouting the River Hawks
• UMass Lowell has lost its last four games, including a three-game sweep at Binghamton this past weekend, and six of its last seven.
• The offense has struggled at times, posting just a .239 batting average and 4.3 runs per game, but does have some pop with 17 home runs.
• Russ Olive has been terrific at the plate with a line of .385/.491/.729 to go with seven homers, 18 RBIs, 24 runs and 18 walks.
• The River Hawks also rely on the bats of Colby Maiola (.327, 21 RBIs) and Steve Passatempo (.272, 5 HR), while Cam Climo leads the team with 25 RBIs.
• The pitching staff has a 5.89 ERA, partly due to some control issues having doled out 159 walks in 227.2 innings (6.3 per nine innings).
• Luke Tomczyk has been the relief ace, appearing in 15 games with a 3.00 ERA, striking out 17 in 18.0 innings and holding opponents to a .193 average.
• The defense has been quite good with a .977 fielding percentage (21 errors in 27 games), and catchers have thrown out just under 20 percent of potential base stealers (12 of 61).
Last Time Against the River Hawks
UMass Lowell defeated the Big Green here in Hanover last season by a 9-5 final and never trailed throughout the game as the River Hawks scored three times in the top of the first. Dartmouth worked the UML pitchers for 11 walks and banged out eight hits, including a double and a triple by Nate Ostmo, but by the end of the day, the Big Green had stranded 13 runners. After Dartmouth closed the gap to 6-5 after seven innings, Cam Climo led off the eighth with a home run and UML tacked on two more runs to hold off the Green as well as a 42-minute delay for lightning in the bottom of the eighth.
Probable Starting Pitchers
• Everyone should expect a number of pitchers to climb the hill during this game, so what does it really matter who starts? No official word from head coach Bob Whalen yet, but I'm going to go way out on a limb and guess freshman RHP Carson Seymour (0-1, 18.00) will get the game ball for Dartmouth. As for the River Hawks, they’ve been a bit more forthright and claim that RHP Matt Kerin (0-0, 9.00) will get the nod, though don’t be surprised if the parade of pitchers consists of UML SID Tommy Coyle to help us get through this one.
What’s Up Next
Dartmouth will be back on the road this weekend for a three-game Ivy League series at Cornell, which is 1-5 in conference play after being swept at home by Yale in a series that ended on Monday.
Last Week in Review
• Dartmouth had its mid-week matchup against Holy Cross at home canceled due to rain, but somehow managed to get three games in against Columbia after some snow fell on Friday night.
• The Big Green won the first game of the series on Saturday, 5-4, as Matt Feinstein belted a 3-run homer in support of Cole O'Connor. But it was Austen Michel who got the final nine outs to earn his third save of the season.
• The doubleheader ended up being played on Sunday on an overcast and cold day, but the bats were hot to start with a seven-run third inning to propel Dartmouth to a 10-4 victory to clinch the series. Bennett McCaskill and Michael Calamari homered in the big inning, and Michael Parsons provided 5.2 scoreless innings of relief to beat the Lions.
• Columbia got its revenge in the finale, beating the Big Green, 12-3, thanks in part to a pair of three-run homers. The loss ended Dartmouth’s personal six-game winning streak against the Lions, its longest in the series in 20 years.
Dartmouth may be without two of its starting infielders with junior 2B Sean Sullivan and senior 3B Justin Fowler both leaving games over the weekend with injuries. But the Big Green didn’t miss a beat with sophomore Blake Crossing filling in at second for two games, going 3-for-9, and junior Steffen Torgersen getting the nod at third in the series finale, collecting his first hit and RBI of the year. Both players also made some stellar plays in the field to help the cause.
Sophomore Michael Parsons should take his show on the road as well as he tames Lions. The southpaw shut down the Columbia offense, holding it scoreless for 5.2 innings on Sunday, to earn his first collegiate victory in the 10-4 win. It wasn’t his first act in the center ring having picked up his only collegiate save last year at Columbia by hurling four shutout stanzas, giving him an ERA of 0.00 in 9.2 career innings against the Ivy League rival.
Long Ball Long Time Coming
Junior Matt Feinstein got the home run monkey off his back over the weekend, clouting his first collegiate four-bagger against Columbia on Saturday, and it couldn’t have come at a much better time. The center fielder cranked a three-run shot to cap a four-run second, which turned out to be the final Big Green runs in the 5-4 victory. The home run came in his 364th career plate appearance.
But Feinstein wasn’t the only Dartmouth hitter to crank his first collegiate home run this past weekend. Freshman catcher Bennett McCaskill jump-started a seven-run third inning in the first game on Sunday by leading off the frame with a shot over the fence in left for his first round-tripper. It only took him 47 plate appearances to go yard ...
Series Dominance at Biondi
Dartmouth has played a total of 38 series against Ivy League teams (including the 2009 Ivy League Championship Series) at Biondi Park since it was added before the 2009 season. Of those 38 series, the Big Green have won 21, split 15 (all in doubleheaders against teams from the now defunct Gehrig Division) and lost just two. Dartmouth has also won 10 of the 11 home series in that span that were scheduled to be at least three games in length, the most recent victim being Columbia this past weekend.