CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. – The Big Green baseball team wrapped up their 2007 season with a loss to Boston College on Wednesday by the score of 12-6. Dartmouth concludes its season with an 8-29-1 overall record.
After retiring the first two Big Green batters in the top of the first, Eagles pitcher Kurt Hayer, walked the bases loaded. Senior Andrew Nacario (Carlsbad, Calif.) laced a two-out hit up the middle, giving Dartmouth the early, 2-0, lead.
BC wasted no time with their first at bats, as a single by Ryan Hutchinson put their lead off hitter on base. The next batter, Mike Belifore, took Dartmouth starter Chase Carpenter (Bartlett, Tenn.) deep over the left field wall for a two-run shot. John Ayers followed up the homer with a double, and was sent home on a single by Joe Ayers, keeping it a 3-2 lead at the end of the first inning.
Four hits, including three straight doubles to lead off the bottom of the second inning extended the Eagles lead to 6-2. At that point Carpenter was relieved by freshman Robert Young (Cleburne, Texas). The Eagles weren’t fazed by the pitching changes, as they too jumped on Young for three runs on two hits, making it a 9-2 game at the end of two.
Hayer struggled in the top of the third, walking the first four Dartmouth batters, scoring Damon Wright (Dallas, Texas). Nacario would follow hitting into a double play, but sending a run home in the process. The designated hitter, Brett Gardner (Bellevue, Wash.) singled into center field in his second at bat of the game, scoring one run and bringing the count to 9-5.
The Eagles got one more run in the bottom of the third when Eric Campbell drove home a run bringing the score to 10-5.
Dartmouth kept chipping away at the deficit in the top of the fourth when a single by Wright scored Erik Bell (Sierra Madre, Calif.) making it 10-6.
Joe Ayers kept increasing the BC lead in their half of the fourth, as he took the first pitch of his at bat and belted it over the left field wall for his second homer of the season.
To start the bottom of the sixth frame, the Big Green went to right-hander Jeff Wilkerson (Walnut Creek, Calif.). The senior turned away the first two batters, but then gave up a solo home run to centerfield by Jared McGuire. McGuire’s homer was his third of the season, as he upped the score to 12-6.
The Big Green would be held scoreless ever since their lone run in the fourth, as they drop their final contest of the year, 12-6.
Dartmouth ends its season with a 8-29-1 overall record and a 5-15 mark in the Ivy League.