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Big Green Makes It Seven Straight With Sweep of Cornell

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Junior Mike Pagliarulo drove in six runs for the Big Green in the doubleheader     By Mark Washburn
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ITHACA, N.Y. Double-digit runs in both games helped the Dartmouth baseball team sweep Cornell in its second Ivy League doubleheader as the Big Green extended its win streak to seven games with an 11-1 win in game one and an 18-11 victory in the nightcap.

In game one, Dartmouth pounded out 15 hits with seven of the nine hitters collected two or more hits apiece. Junior Michael Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, while sophomore James Wren (Granbury, Texas) added two hits and three RBI of his own. Sophomore Robert Young (Cleburne, Texas) got his second win of the season, going all seven innings and allowing only five hits and one run.

The Big Green jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as Wren connected on a three-run triple, while Pagliarulo added to the lead with a two-run blast in the third to increase the advantage to 5-0.

Dartmouth blew the game open with four runs in the sixth as the Big Green batted around. Freshman Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas) and senior co-captain Damon Wright (Dallas, Texas) had back-to-back RBI singles and senior Jason Blydell (Nahant, Mass.) forced in a run with a walk. Pagliarulo added his third RBI with a single in the seventh that scored one of the two runs scored as the Big Green defeated the Big Red 11-1 to take game one.

In game two, six runs in the first inning, followed by nine in the third gave Dartmouth a commanding lead and the Big Green never looked back with an 18-11 win over the Big Red.

Senior Chase Carpenter (Bartlett, Tenn.) got his second win of the season and he is now 2-2 on the year. Carpenter went seven innings, scattering seven hits for two runs and fanning two.

The Big Green had three players with three or more runs batted in, including sophomore Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.) who got four RBI in one swing of the bat with a grand slam in the third and also scored three runs for Dartmouth. Onstott continued to swing a hot bat with three RBI of his own on two hits, while Pagliarulo plated three runs on a 4-for-5 nightcap and he collected six RBI and six hits in the two games.

Pagliarulo got things started for the Big Green with a two-out, two-run blast to give Dartmouth an early 2-0 lead. Gardner added to the lead with a double to left field that scored two runs. Senior Kyle Evans (Springfield, Mo.) plated Gardner with a triple to push the lead to 5-0 and scored on a wild pitch make it 6-0 after the top of the first.

Dartmouth added some more insurance with nine runs in the third, highlighted by the grand slam from Santomauro. The Big Green loaded the bases to start the inning and the Cornell pitchers could not find the strike zone as they pushed across three runs via the walk. After adding two more runs on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error, Santomauro stepped to the plate with the bases full and he pulled the pitch over the right field fence for the grand slam to give Dartmouth a 15-0 advantage.

The Big Green added three in the fifth and then Cornell score 10 runs in the final four innings to pull to within seven runs at 18-11, but it was too late as Dartmouth earned its seventh-straight win.

Dartmouth opens its home Ivy League schedule next weekend as the Big Green host Penn on Saturday at 12 p.m., followed by Columbia on Sunday, beginning at 12 p.m.