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Doubleheader Sweep at Penn to Start Ivy Play

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Junior Jim Wren     By Beverly Schaefer
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Trailing by five in the final inning of game one, Dartmouth rallied to tie the game, then added six more in the extra frame to down host Penn in the first Ivy game of the season at Meiklejohn Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 14-8. Backed by a solid start from junior Ben Murray (Grants Pass, Ore.), the Big Green (3-9, 2-0 Ivy) completed the doubleheader sweep with a 9-6 triumph in game two. The victories were the first for Dartmouth at Penn (10-9, 0-2 Ivy) since a doubleheader sweep in 2001.

With the score 8-3 in the seventh (and final) inning in the opener, Dartmouth went to work with the bats. Senior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.) doubled to start the uprising and freshman Joe Sclafani (Palm City, Fla.) singled him to third. After a strikeout, junior Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.) brought home the first run of the frame with a single to right. Senior Mike Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) also delivered an RBI single to get the Big Green within three runs, but Penn starter Todd Roth got the second out on a force at second. Down to the last out, junior Jim Wren (Granbury, Texas) was unphased by the pressure and drove a 1-1 offering out of the park to left-center, his first of the season, tying the game at eight.

The Quakers threatened to win the game in the bottom half when William Gordon led off the inning with a double. But Big Green hurler Robert Young (1-2) pounced on a bunt and fired to third for the out. A liner off the bat of Adrian Thomas was then turned into an unassisted double play by Santomauro in right field to send the game into extra innings.

The Big Green offense continued its onslaught in the eighth. Gordon, who moved to the mound from first base in the seventh to get the final out, hit Santopadre with a pitch, then served up a double to Sclafani, putting runners at second and third. An intentional walk to sophomore Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas) was followed by some creative managing as Gordon (0-1) went back to first and the right fielder, southpaw Tom Grandieri, came into pitch to the lefty-swinging Santomauro. The strategy backfired when a ball got away from the catcher to allow the go-ahead run to score, then Santomauro walked on four pitches, reloading the bases.

The pitching and fielding carousel began again as Gordon was summoned back to the mound only to surrender a two-run double to Pagliarulo. Senior Ray Allen (Longwood, Fla.) hit a sacrifice fly to bring Santomauro home, and Wren singled home another run. Another pitching change Paul Brennan came in from the bullpen led to consecutive singles by junior Brett Gardner (Bellevue, Wash.) and senior Kyle Evans (Springfield, Mo.) to load the bases. Freshman Jake Carlson (Woodlands, Texas), who pinch ran for Wren, scooted home on a wild pitch to complete the scoring.

Dartmouth owned a 3-0 lead through three and a half innings thanks to a two-run homer by Onstott in the third, his first of the year, and a solo blast by Allen in the fourth, his second.

Young got into trouble, however, in the last half of the fourth. Derek Vigoa hit a two-run double, but it looked like Young would escape with the lead intact after getting the second out on a grounder to second. The third out proved to be elusive as the Quakers tallied six more times in the stanza. The key play was a dropped fly ball with the bases loaded, allowing all three runs to score.

Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit for the Big Green with Sclafani, Gardner and Santopadre each collecting three of the 19 safeties, the second straight game with 19 hits. Santopadre had a perfect game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs, a walk and a hit by pitch. Wren drove in four runs while Allen had three RBIs of his own.

Other than the eight-run fourth, Young shut down the Penn bats as he pitched seven complete innings, allowing those eight runs on 14 hits, walking just one while fanning five to earn his first win of the season. Sophomore Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, N.Y.) recorded the final three outs in the eighth, inducing a nifty 6-4-3 double play to end the inning, the third twin killing in the last three frames.

The Quakers struck first in the nightcap when Will Davis hit a solo homer to right-center, his third of the year. Dartmouth countered with a run of its own in the third on an RBI single off the bat of Pagliarulo, scoring Sclafani who had walked to lead off the inning.

The Big Green took the lead for good in the fourth against Paul Cusick (4-1). A hit batter and a walk put runners at first and second, and with two out, Onstott unknotted the score with a single. Santomauro then ripped an RBI double for a 3-1 lead, and Dartmouth would have had more after an intentional walk to Pagliarulo, but Allen's liner was speared by the third baseman.

An unearned run in the fifth gave the Green a three-run advantage, as Santopadre's grounder to third was mishandled, allowing Wren who had doubled to score from third base.

Penn got that run back in the sixth thanks to singles from Grandieri, Dan Williams and Gordon. Murray avoided further damage by getting a pop to short and a routine grounder to second.

In the seventh, Dartmouth got RBI singles from Gardner and senior Jack Monahan (Overland Park, Kan.) for a 6-2 lead. Penn got three more singles in its half to score another run and threatened to score more with just one out. Murray gave way to freshman left-hander Marco Mariscal, who induced a double play on a full-count pitch to end the inning.

The Big Green hit two big flies in the eighth to put the game away as Santomauro belted a two-run four-bagger, his second of the year, and Wren added a solo shot, his second of the doubleheader.

Davis hit another home run in the eighth, his fourth of the year, to make the score 9-4. And when the Quakers scored a run in the ninth and had the tying run on deck, Smith came on for Dartmouth to register the final out for his second save.

Santomauro finished the second game a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Onstott and Wren each had two hits in the 12-hit Big Green attack.

Murray (2-1) scattered 10 hits in his 6.1 innings, allowing three runs while walking two and striking out two.

Cusick (4-1) was stuck with his first loss of the year, going seven innings and surrendering six runs, five earned, on eight hits and six walks with seven punchouts.

Dartmouth travels to New York for a rematch of the Ivy Championship series of a year ago, taking on the Columbia Lions (4-16, 2-0 Ivy) in a doubleheader at noon. Penn hosts Harvard (2-16, 0-2 Ivy) in a noon twinbill as well.