12/15/08

"You never have enough pitching" is one of baseball's truisms and Dartmouth ran out of pitchers after three games in three days on their tour to the Dominican Republic. So the Big Green used four pitchers from the New York Mets baseball academy on the way to a 3-2 win in a seven-inning scrimmage.

Fall baseball practice ended in mid-October so the Big Green pitchers were held to a maximum of three innings the first time out. Every Dartmouth pitcher took the mound during the first three games so the Mets offered a few of their pitchers so today's game could go forward. Four Mets pitchers gave up a combined two hits and two runs while pitching for Dartmouth against their academy teammates.

After two scoreless innings, the Big Green took a 2-0 lead in the third. All-Ivy first baseman Michael Pagliarulo (Winchester, MA), and sophomore third baseman Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas) singled after two were out. Senior Raymond Allen (Longwood, Fla.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior Kyle Evans (Springfield, Mo.) knocked in the first run with an infield single, and senior Johnathan Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.) the second when he was hit by a pitch.

Dartmouth got its third run in the fourth. Freshman Jake Carlson (Woodlands, Texas) got a bunt hit and stole second and third. Junior James Wren (Granbury, Texas) brought Carlson in with a single to right. The Mets got two back in the seventh on two walks and a long double but Dartmouth held on for the 3-2 exhibition win.

One of the coaches for the Mets today was Ozzie Virgil, the first Dominican player in the major leagues. He shared a few stories about coming up with the Giants in the early 50s and rooming with Willie Mays.

Dartmouth returns to the Mets academy on Tuesday and Wednesday for the final two games of the tour. Senior co-captain Robert Young (Cleburne, Texas) will get one start and freshman Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calf.) will get the other.