12/12/08

Baseball Opens Dominican Republic Tour With A 3-0 Win Over Mets

The Dartmouth baseball team got its tour to the Dominican Republic off to a winning start with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Mets academy team. Dartmouth scored a run in each of the first three innings, and four Big Green pitchers threw a combined four-hit shutout for the win. Senior co-captain Robert Young (Cleburne, TX) got the win for Dartmouth.

The question going into Dartmouth's first game was how well they would compete against the young Dominican professionals. Many big league clubs have baseball academies in the Dominican Republic to develop their best young players. Dartmouth simply did not know when the game began how good the Mets were but it was clear during warm-ups that the Dominicans were big, fit, and well trained.

Dartmouth got off to a good start in the top of the first. Sophomore Sam Bean (Needham, MA) beat out an infield error and then stole second. Bean advanced to third on another Met error and scored on sophomore Jim Wren's (Granbury, TX) sacrifice fly.

Dartmouth went ahead 2-0 in the second. Freshman Dave Turnbull (St. Louis, MO) doubled to right. Senior John Santopadre (Vacaville, CA) hit a slow roller to first and Turnbull scored from second when the toss went behind the Mets pitcher.

Dartmouth got its third run in the third inning. Junior Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell NJ) led off with a walk and scored on Mike Pagliarulo's (Winchester MA) triple to center.

Robert Young got the start for Dartmouth gave up one hit and struck out five in three innings of work. Young punched out 2 in the first, 2 in the second, and another in the third.

After getting three runs in the first three innings, Dartmouth was unable to score again but three Big Green relievers preserved the shutout. Marco Mariscal, a freshman lefthander (El Cajon, CA) pitched two scoreless innings with a nice mix of curve balls and change-ups.

Sophomore Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, NY), Dartmouth's leading reliever last year, came on to pitch in the sixth and threw three hitless innings while striking out four. Sophomore Colin Britton (Poughquag, NY) came on to pitch the ninth and got the twelfth strikeout of the day to preserve the shutout.

After a well played victory to start their tour, Dartmouth heads to Santo Domingo tonight to watch a game in the Dominican Winter League. The Big Green have a return date with the Metropolitans tomorrow, and a game against the San Diego Padres academy team on Sunday.


The trip has been funded through team fundraising activities and private donations during the past four years. The NCAA allows each varsity team to travel internationally once every four years and Ivy League rules prohibit the use of institutional budget funds for this purpose.

 


A Player’s View

Johnathon Santopadre


“This trip for me and the whole team is more then just a baseball trip.  It is an entire cultural experience that we can’t get anywhere else.  The competition and the fact that we are playing these guys (the Mets) will help us not be intimidated when we get back to the United States and play.  The passion these guys have for the game can be seen everyday and hopefully we can bring some of that back with us.”