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Dartmouth Baseball Suffers Its First Defeat On Tour To Dominican Republic

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Nick Santomauro     By Beverly Schaefer
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    After winning two games against the baseball academy of the New York Mets, Dartmouth traveled today to San Diego Padres academy for the third game of its Dominican Republic tour.  Sandy Alderson '69, the CEO of the Padres, arranged for the game.  A very strong Padres team won 13-2 at their remarkable new $7 million facility.     

    Dartmouth got a run in the top of the first.  Jim Wren (Granbury, Texas) got on with an infield single and Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.) brought him home with a triple to deep right center.  

    Dartmouth put four runners on in the second but ran themselves out of the inning with two base running mistakes.  Dartmouth scored again in the third when Santomauro knocked in freshman Jake Carlson (The Woodlands, Texas) with a ground ball to the left side of the infield.  

    Ben Murray (Grant's Pass, Ore.) got the start for Dartmouth and gave up three runs in the first.  He shut out the Padres in the second and third innings and retired with the Padres leading only 3-2.        

    Left hander Zack Cheaney (Houston, TX) came on to start the fourth for Dartmouth.  A walk, a stolen base, and a single made it 4-2 Padres.  The Padres broke it open in the fifth with three runs on two walks, two singles, and a home run.  AJ Pendleton (Kirkwood, Texas) relieved in the sixth and the Padres scored two more on a hit batter, an error, and two singles.

    Freshman Max Langford (Fairfax, VA) started the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning.  However, the Padres scored three more in the eighth on three walks and a bases clearing triple. Colin Britton (Poughquag, N.Y.) pitched the ninth and gave up one more run to make the final 13-2 for the Padres.

    On a hill overlooking the Atlantic, the Padres' new facility contains two full fields, a half field, a weight room, batting cages, pitcher mounds, and an office complex that includes classrooms, dormitories, and a cafeteria.  The entire Padres staff made Dartmouth welcome and eased the disappointing result with a post-game meal.

    Dartmouth baseball coach Bob Whalen '79a, said "one of the primary objective of this trip is for our players to have a first hand experience of the Latin American baseball culture.  How many college teams can play professional clubs in another country and get a chance to engage themselves against future big leaguers.  This was a terrific baseball and culture experience.  We are very grateful to the San Diego Padres and Dartmouth alumnus Sandy Alderson."  

    Dartmouth returns to the Mets academy on Monday for a three game series.  The Big Green return home on Thursday.  

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

Jake Pruner

"This experience of playing baseball against professional players has been amazing in terms of preparing us for the spring.  Even more importantly, what I think the team will remember from this trip is meeting and speaking with the Dominican players.  We saw firsthand the culture with the most passion for the game of baseball, and that is not something many collegiate players get the opportunity to do."