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Power and Pitching Lead to Dartmouth Twinbill Sweep at Columbia

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Senior Ray Allen     By Dartmouth
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NEW YORK Freshman Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) twirled a complete-game shutout in the first game of a doubleheader and Dartmouth slammed five home runs in the two games to carry the Big Green (5-9, 4-0 Ivy) to 7-0 and 6-5 victories at Columbia (4-18, 2-2 Ivy), avenging last year’s loss to the Lions in the Ivy Championship series. Dartmouth is the only Ivy League team to emerge from the first weekend of play undefeated.

Junior Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.), who was 6-for-8 in the two games, and senior Ray Allen (Longwood, Fla.) each cranked two long balls on the day, with the latter connecting on both of his in the opener. The other bomb for the Big Green was a three-run jack in game two off the bat of junior Brett Gardner (Bellevue, Wash.).

Hendricks (1-2) rarely got into trouble in the seven-inning contest, earning his first collegiate victory. A lead-off single in the first was quickly erased when senior catcher Jack Monahan (Overland Park, Kan.) gunned down the runner trying to steal second, and a walk and a wild pitch with two outs proved to be harmless. Hendricks retired seven straight before hitting the lead-off batter in the fourth, who also was caught stealing.

Only four Lions reached second base in the game, and one was thrown out when he rounded the bag too far on a double leading off the seventh. The other three all reached second with two outs, and Hendricks quickly got the third out each time. He finished the day yielding five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four, lowering his ERA for the young season to 3.55.

Nick Santomauro

It was Santomauro who broke the scoreless deadlock in the fourth inning, leading off the frame with a long ball to right, his third of the year. One out later, Allen connected on his first homer of the game to straight-away left, giving the Big Green a 2-0 lead.

Dartmouth chased Lion hurler Geoff Whitaker (0-4) in the fifth with four more runs. Freshman Joe Sclafani (Palm City, Fla.) began the inning with a single and came around to score on a double by sophomore Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas). A Santomauro single put runners on the corners, and senior Mike Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) lofted a sacrifice fly to score Onstott. Allen then deposited a 1-2 pitch over the left-field fence for his second dinger of the day and fourth of the year, sending Whitaker to the showers.

In the seventh, the Big Green tacked on one more run when freshman Jake Carlson (Woodlands, Texas) walked, stole second and scored on a single from senior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.).

Like the first game, Santomauro started the scoring with a solo blast, this time in the first inning, tying Allen for team-high honors with his fourth homer, for a quick 1-0 lead. But Columbia responded with a solo shot of its own by leadoff hitter Nick Cox, his first extra-base hit of the season.

It did not take long for the Big Green to retake the lead as singles by Allen and junior Jim Wren (Granbury, Texas) preceded Gardner’s blast, his second of the season, for a 4-1 Dartmouth lead.

Big Green freshman hurler Cole Sulser settled in after the lead-off homer, retiring nine of the next 10 hitters. In the fourth, the Lions singled to start the inning, and two outs later Ron Williams provided a two-run shot, his first of the year, bringing Columbia within a run.

The Lions got that run, albeit unearned, in the fifth to tie the game. Billy Rumpke singled to right and scooted to third when the ball skipped past Santomauro for an error. After a comebacker, Cox hit a sacrifice fly to right.

In the seventh, Columbia called to the bullpen to relieve starter Roger Aquino, who had thrown 105 pitches through six innings. Santomauro, with three hits already in the game, strode to the plate first against Pat Lowery, who wanted no part him and walked him on four pitches. Pagliarulo singled him to second before Allen hit a double-play grounder to third. But the third baseman missed a tag on Santomauro as he ran past, leaving the bases loaded. Wren took advantage of the opportunity by stroking a two-run double for a 6-4 lead.

Sulser got two quick outs in the bottom half, but a walk and two singles brought home the fifth Lion run and ended Sulser’s day. Freshman Marco Mariscal (El Cajon, Calif.) got the third out on a liner to Santopadre at third, keeping the one-run lead intact.

The final two innings were handled by sophomore closer Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, N.Y.) for his third save. He did give up a lead-off single to start the ninth, but quickly erased it by inducing a double play. A pop fly on the infield ended the game, giving Dartmouth its fourth straight win and fifth in six games.

Sulser (1-1) pitched 6.2 innings and surrendered five runs, four earned, on seven hits and just one walk while striking out six to earn his first collegiate victory.

Dartmouth plays its home opener on the newly refurbished Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Wednesday against Siena at 2 p.m.

Notes: Allen extended his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games with his single in game two, and his four homers this year are more than he had in his first three seasons (3) ... Santomauro is 14-for-26 (.538) with four doubles, six homers and 11 RBIs over the last two years against Columbia.