HANOVER, N.H. — Freshman catcher Chris O'Dowd singled home the winning run from second base in the bottom of the 10th, completing Dartmouth’s doubleheader and Ivy League series sweep of visiting Yale on Monday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park as the Big Green won the second game, 3-2. Sophomore Kyle Hendricks went the distance in the first game in an 8-2 win for Dartmouth (17-12, 8-4 Ivy), while Yale (16-17-1, 3-9 Ivy) was held to a .213 average by Big Green pitchers in the four-game series.
Junior Sam Bean was the catalyst offensively to the victory in the nightcap. With Dartmouth trailing 2-1 in the eighth, he pinch hit to start the inning, drawing a walk against reliever Chris Finneran. Sophomore Jake Carlson moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt, and O’Dowd dropped a single in front of the right fielder as Bean took third. With the infield drawn in, sophomore Joe Sclafani lined a single through the right side to tie the game. Robert Gruber came out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs with the go-ahead run on third, but proceeded to induce an inning-ending double play, preserving the tie score.
Andrew Moore hit a two-out double in the ninth for the Bulldogs, but Big Green closer Ryan Smith came on and got the final out on a grounder to short with just one pitch. After Dartmouth was retired in order in the bottom half, Yale went quietly as well in the top of the 10th. Junior Jason Brooks nearly ended the game with a deep fly to left to start Dartmouth’s half of the 10th, but it died at the warning track.
But Bean was next up to start the winning rally. On a 2-2 pitch from Greg Lyons (1-3), he singled back through the box, then went to second on a four-pitch walk to Carlson. Lyons got two quick strikes on O’Dowd, but the rookie lined a shot to left and Bean easily beat the throw home for Dartmouth’s fourth walk-off win of the year.
Smith (2-1) got the win by retiring all four batters he faced. Freshman Kyle Hunter started on the mound and yielded just two runs in 5.1 innings on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Sophomore Cole Sulser bridged the gap as he continued his dominant pitching with 3.1 scoreless innings on one hit and walk with three strikeouts of his own.
Yale had taken a 2-0 lead with runs in the third and fourth innings. Trey Rallis singled with one down in the third and Stephen Miehls doubled him to third. A grounder to second off the bat of Gant Elmore allowed Rallis to cross the plate. In the fourth, the Bulldogs had two outs with Charlie Neil on first when he stole second base. Moore then laced a single to center as Neil zipped home for a 2-0 Yale lead.
Dartmouth got one of those runs back in its half of the fourth on a Carlson double and a Sclafani RBI single off the glove a diving third baseman.
Christopher O’Hare pitched well for Yale, allowing just one run on five hits in 5.2 innings with five strikeouts.
In the first game of the day, Hendricks mowed through the Bulldog lineup for the first six innings as just three batters reached base. After a one-out double in the first by Andy Megee, Hendricks set down the next 11 hitters before a single by Ryan Brenner in the fifth. Trygg Larsson-Danforth put Hendricks in a spot in the seventh and final inning by stroking a lead-off double, but when he got caught off second with one out on a comebacker to the mound, Hendricks needed just one more out to complete his shutout. It was not to be as Moore doubled to right-center to drive in the first run. Cam Squires then reached on a bunt single, and Rallis doubled home Moore. Hendricks fielded the final out when Elmore tried to bunt his way on base.
Hendricks (2-4) allowed two runs on seven hits without walking a single batter while fanning five for his first win in almost a month.
The Big Green scored their first two runs in the second inning when freshman Zack Bellenger smoked a pitch off the foot of starter Brook Hart for an RBI infield single with two down, and Brooks followed with a triple to right-center.
In the third, Dartmouth took advantage of three errors to score four times. Carlson started things off with a walk and O’Dowd reached first when his fly down the right-field line was dropped for an error. After Sclafani dropped a bunt single down the third-base line to load the bases, senior Jim Wren hit a grounder to first. But the throw to second hit Sclafani in the helmet and caromed into shortstop Matt Schmidt’s head, sending him reeling and allowing two runs to score. Schmidt was replace at short by Rallis, who dropped a similar throw one out later, loading the bases once again. Bellenger then poked a two-run double just inside the first-base bag, knocking Hart from the game.
O’Dowd doubled in the sixth with two down, and Yale decided to intentionally walk Sclafani to set up a right-on-right match-up with Wren. The strategy backfired when Wren launched a long double to straight-away center to score both runners for an 8-0 lead.
Both Wren and Bellenger drove in three runs apiece to lead the Big Green offense.
Hart (2-3) was the victim of those three errors, surrendering six runs, but only two earned, in 2.1 innings on six hits and two walks with four punchouts.
Dartmouth, winner of six straight, will finish off its 12-game homestand on Wednesday against St. Anselm at 3:30 p.m. Yale travels to Quinnipiac on Wednesday for a contest against the Bobcats at 3:30 p.m. as well.
Notes: Head coach Bob Whalen coached his 800th game at Dartmouth in the first game of the doubleheader, plus his 400th conference game in the second game of the twinbill. For his career he stands at 393-407-1 (.491) overall and 217-183 (.543) in conference play with the Big Green ... the six-game winning streak is the longest for Dartmouth since reeling off 13 in a row last year.