Baseball Captures Red Rolfe Division Title with Sweep of Harvard
Freshman Ryan Smith broke the school record for saves in a season with his seventh
By David Silverman(DSPics.com)
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Mass. – The Dartmouth baseball
team clinched its fourth Red Rolfe Division Title with a sweep of Harvard as
the Big Green earned a 7-3 win in game one, followed by a 5-4 victory in the
Dartmouth moves to 23-13 on the season with a 14-4 mark in
conference play, while the Crimson fall to 8-29 this season with a 7-11 record
in the Ivy League.
Sophomore Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.)
led the Big Green with two hits and three runs batted in. His two hits included
a triple and a two-run homer in game two. Junior Michael Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) and
senior Erik Bell (Sierra Madre, Calif.) each collected
three hits with two RBI going to Pagliarulo.
On the mound, senior co-captain Russell Young (Cleburne, Texas)
earned his fifth win of the season, going all seven innings, allowing three
runs on six hits, while fanning eight. Freshman Jake Pruner (Triangle, Va.) got the start in
game two and shut down the Crimson. He went 6.2 innings, giving up just four
hits and no runs and striking out three. Freshman Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, N.Y.)
came in the eighth and earned his seventh save, which breaks the single season
In game one, Dartmouth
got on the board first with two runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Pagliarulo
slapped a single to right field on the second pitch he saw and he was driven
home on an RBI triple from senior co-captain Damon Wright (Dallas, Texas).
Wright then scored on a ground out by James Wren (Granbury, Texas).
Harvard evened the score in the other half of the second on
a two-run double down the left field line from Dillon O’Neill. The first two
Crimson batters reached base on singles and were pushed to second and third on
a sacrifice bunt before scoring on the double to tie the game at 2-2.
Pagliarulo delivered in the third for the Big Green with an
RBI single to put Dartmouth
back on top 3-2. Bell
led off the inning with a single, stole second and scored on the single.
O’Neill continued to be a thorn in Dartmouth’s side as he tied the game with
another double down the left field line that scored Jeff Stoeckel to even the
score again, this time at 3-3.
The Big Green took advantage of back-to-back errors with two
outs in the top of the fifth as Wren singled through the right side to plate
Pagliarulo, who reached on the first error to keep the inning alive, to take
the lead back at 4-3.
Santomauro then gave Dartmouth
a little cushion with a two-run double down the right field line just out of
the reach of the rightfielder to increase the lead to 6-3. He plated junior
Jack Monahan (Overland Park, Kan.)
and Bell, who
got on base on two consecutive hit by pitches. Santomauro scored the seventh
run of game one after Harvard committed another costly error.
Young got stronger as the game went on and he finished off
the Crimson, retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced to earn his fifth
win of the season.
In game two, Santomauro put Dartmouth on top early with a two-run
opposite field homer that scored Onstott after he doubled with one out in the
top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, Bell and Monahan made incredible catches in
foul territory. Bell
went back to the fence and slid into the fence making the catch, while Monahan
did the same behind the plate.
Pagliarulo came through in the clutch for the Big Green with
an RBI single in the top of the third to extend the lead to 3-0. Dartmouth added another run in the fourth with a run
scoring single up the middle by junior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.)
to push the lead to 4-0.
The Crimson looked to be getting back into the game after
loading the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but senior Jason Blydell (Nahant, Mass.)
stopped the rally with an amazing catch to rob O’Neill of a grand slam. He went
back on the ball towards the foul pole and reached into the bushes and pulled
out the ball to preserve the lead.
Dartmouth extended the lead
to 5-0 with another two out RBI as Bell
popped a double to left center that scored Blydell who reached on a lead off
Harvard was able to make it interesting as the Crimson
loaded the bases in the eighth and scored on a passed ball before Tyler
Albright connected on a three-run homer to pull Harvard within one. The Crimson
didn’t go quietly in the ninth as Harvard put one runner on and Matt Rogers put
a charge into one, but Blydell made the catch at the wall to earn the win.
The Big Green will be back in action tomorrow at Red Rolfe
Field to wrap up the Ivy League regular season with Senior Day, beginning at 1