BABSON PARK, Fla. — Freshman Kyle Hunter pitched seven innings of one-run ball in his first collegiate start, and junior Jeff Onstott drove in both runs — one with a solo homer — as Dartmouth defeated Bradley on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Webber International, 2-1. The Big Green (4-3) have won two straight and three of their first four on their 11-game trip to Florida. Bradley (6-9) had won its previous two games and finished its time in Florida with a 2-3 mark.
Hunter allowed all seven Brave hits on the day in his seven frames, yielding just the one run with two gone in the seventh before getting the final out. He had allowed just four hits in the first six innings and retired the first two batters in the seventh before Bradley strung together three consecutive singles to plate its only run of the day. Hunter did not walk a batter and struck out two.
Dartmouth collected 11 hits on the day, four by sophomore shortstop Joe Sclafani. Onstott, freshman Chris O'Dowd and junior Sam Bean each had two safeties as well for the Big Green.
Onstott started the scoring with his solo bomb, his first of the year, that cleared the right-field fence with ease. Then in the fifth, Sclafani singled with one out, then stole his second bag of the day after the second out was recorded. Onstott came through with the clean single to right-center, allowing Sclafani to score for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hunter got into a bit of a jam when the lead-off hitter reached on a two-base error and went to third on a one-out single. But with runners on the corners, Hunter induced a comebacker, which he swiftly turned into a double play to end the inning.
Another spot in the sixth proved harmless due to some excellent defense. Rob Elliott doubled to start the inning for the lone extra-base hit of the day for the Braves. Two outs later, he was stationed on third when Kevin Sullivan laced a ball to center. But sophomore Jake Carlson was there to make a spectacular diving catch, keeping Bradley off the board once again.
The Braves did break through in the seventh as Brian Martin drove in Christian Segar. With Elliott at the plate and runners at first and second, Hunter got a harmless grounder to second to keep the lead intact.
Sophomore Max Langford came on to pitch the eighth and got the first two batters out before issuing a walk. Head coach Bob Whalen turned to closer Ryan Smith, who retired all four batters he faced, three on strikes, to close out the game for his first save of the year.
Dartmouth plays again tomorrow in Winter Park, Fla., at 5 p.m. against Illinois of the Big Ten.