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ITHACA, N.Y. — Dartmouth converted 15 hits, eight walks and six hit batsmen into a season-high 16 runs in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Hoy Field, defeating the Big Red, 16-1. The offense was a stark contrast to the first game in which Cornell’s Corey Pappel tossed a three-hit shutout to defeat the Big Green in a crisply played 2-0 game in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Dartmouth is now 7-9 on the season and 1-1 in the league, while Cornell moved to 5-8 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
The Big Green victory was the 383rd for head coach Bob Whalen, tying him with Jeff Tesreau (1919-46) for the most victories as the Dartmouth head coach.
Junior Jeff Onstott drove in a career-high five runs in the second-game onslaught to lead the Big Green offense, while freshman Chris O'Dowd posted his first career four-hit game and fellow freshman Ennis Coble scored four times. In addition, junior David Turnbull belted a double and an RBI triple from his spot in the nine-hole as every starter had at least one hit for Dartmouth.
The 16 runs were more than enough for senior hurler Ben Murray (1-3). Although he had struggled in his first three outings this season, Murray was efficient and exceptionally effective today, twirling eight innings of one-run ball while tossing just 96 pitches, allowing only five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
The Big Red actually scored first in the nightcap when Brandon Lee swatted a solo shot in the second inning, his first of the year. But Dartmouth quickly responded in the third with one of its own to tie the score on an RBI grounder by sophomore Jake Carlson, plating O’Dowd who had single and gone to third on Turnbull’s double.
The Big Green broke through in the fifth with three unearned runs. With two outs and runners at the corners, sophomore Joe Sclafani hit a nubber near the mound. Pitcher Matt Hill (1-2) scooped the ball up, twirled and fired to first. His throw was a bit into the runner, and Sclafani collided with first baseman Mickey Brodsky, jarring the glove off his hand and allowing a run to score. Brodsky left the game, and after senior Jim Wren was hit by a pitch, Onstott delivered a two-run single to center.
In the sixth, Dartmouth broke the game open with six runs. Carlson started the scoring with a two-run triple, and Coble singled him home. Wren, Onstott and freshman Zack Bellenger each drove in a run in the frame as well.
Five more runs crossed the plate in the seventh on an RBI triple by Turnbull, run-scoring singles by Coble, Bellenger and junior Jason Brooks, and an walk to Onstott with the bases loaded forced in the other run. Onstott got his career-high fifth RBI in the eighth with a sacrifice fly.
The opening game was so well played it lasted just one hour and 39 minutes. Pappel retired the side in order in three of the seven innings, and only once allowed a runners to reach second base when he walked consecutive batters in the fifth with two out. But he was able to find the strike zone again, getting a force out to end the inning.
Pappel (2-1) struck out four and walked three while giving up just the three hits in his seven-inning complete game, throwing 102 pitches in the process. Sclafani had two of the three knocks for Dartmouth, singling in the first and sixth frames. Onstott had his 12-game hitting streak snapped by the 6-6 right-hander.
The Big Red scored in the first and third innings off senior captain Robert Young (1-2), who went the distance as well for his third quality start in four starts this year. Brian Billigen led off with a double down the left-field line, and Marshall Yanzick was hit by a 3-2 pitch. A force out at third kept runners at first and second, but Frank Hager singled to score Yanzick.
In the third, a one-out walk to Hager — Young’s only free pass of the day — came back to haunt the southpaw. Lee singled Yanzick to third, and Nate David sent him home with a dribbler to short.
Young allowed eight hits and the one walk and a hit batsman in his six innings of work, striking out five as well.
Lee was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while Hager was directly responsible for both runs with an RBI and a run scored.
Dartmouth will go for Whalen’s record-breaking victory tomorrow at Princeton (6-14, 1-1 Ivy) when the Big Green play the Tigers — who split a twinbill with Harvard today — in a doubleheader starting at noon. Cornell hosts the Crimson tomorrow at noon as well.