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HANOVER, N.H. — Junior Robert Young (Cleburne, Texas) stymied the Princeton bats in a complete-game four-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader, and six different hitters drove in runs in the second game — all with two out — as the host Dartmouth Big Green swept the Tigers at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on Saturday afternoon, 4-1 and 8-5. Dartmouth (8-9, 6-0 Ivy) has won seven straight, equaling its longest winning streak since ripping off 12 consecutive victories in 2001. Princeton fell to 8-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference, plus has lost five in a row.
Young (2-2) was dialed in on the mound in the opener, allowing just four hits and the one run in his seven-inning outing while walking two and striking out seven, the most by a Big Green hurler this year. He was rarely in trouble and made just one mistake which Tiger catcher Jack Murphy turned into an RBI double with two outs in the first. Young proceeded to retire the next 10 hitters before the first two runners reached base in the fifth. But he quickly induced a double play and got a pop to third to end the threat.
Tiger pitcher David Hale (1-2) nearly matched Young pitch for pitch, yielding just five hits in his six innings. Three of the hits were infield singles, but the other two left the park, accounting for all four Dartmouth runs. He also walked four batters and struck out seven.
Junior Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.) provided the Big Green with all the runs they would need when he followed up a bunt single by freshman Joe Sclafani (Palm City, Fla.) with a two-run blast to left on the first pitch he saw for his team-leading fifth homer of the year.
In the third, Dartmouth got a couple insurance runs thanks to another two-run bomb, this time off the bat of sophomore Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas), his second of the year.
The game lasted just one hour and 25 minutes as neither team committed an error.
The second game was also well played, but featured a bit more offense. Once again Murphy got things rolling for Princeton in the first inning, crushing a two-out, two-run homer to right, his second of the season. But Dartmouth DH Ray Allen (Longwood, Fla.) tied the game with a two-out double over the right fielder’s head, scoring both Sclafani and senior Mike Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) who had singled.
The Big Green took the lead in the second with two outs when senior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.) singled through the hole on the left side, then sprinted home on a Sclafani triple to the gap in right-center.
Princeton provided some of its own two-out magic in the third as Greg Van Horn was hit by a pitch and Murphy lined a double into the left-field corner, allowing Van Horn to scamper home and tie the score at three.
The third out proved to be elusive again in the bottom half of the third as Dartmouth scored three time with two gone. Santomauro drew a lead-off walk, but was still on first two outs later. Junior Jim Wren (Granbury, Texas) changed that in a hurry by driving a first-pitch fastball over the fence in left field for his third four-bagger of the year and a 5-3 lead. The Big Green weren’t done, however, as junior Brett Gardner (Bellevue, Wash.) laced a double to left and scored on a bloop single to center off the bat of senior Jack Monahan (Overland Park, Kan.).
Tiger DH Brian Berkowitz got one of those runs back with his third homer of the year to start the fourth, only to see Dartmouth get it right back in its half on an RBI double by Pagliarulo, scoring Santomauro who was hit by a pitch with two gone.
In the sixth, Princeton got back with two runs at 7-5 when Dan DeGeorge singled with two down and Van Horn doubled him home.
The final run crossed the plate in the eighth. A two-out single by Onstott was followed by a Santomauro double just inside the first-base bag, bringing Onstott around to score.
Junior Ben Murray (Grants Pass, Ore.) battled to improve to 3-1 on the season, tossing six innings while surrendering five runs on 10 hits, but just one walk and a career-high six strikeouts. After freshman Marco Mariscal (El Cajon, Calif.) got two outs in the seventh, sophomore closer Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, N.Y.) got the final seven outs for his fifth save of the year.
Brad Gemberling (3-1) was stuck with his first loss, coughing up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Allen and Wren each drove in two runs for the Big Green, while Sclafani, Santomauro and Pagliarulo had two hits apiece to lead the 12-hit attack. Santomauro also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Van Horn and Murphy each had three hits, while Murphy drove in three of Princeton’s five runs.
Dartmouth continues its 11-game homestand tomorrow at noon in an Ivy doubleheader against Cornell (4-14, 2-4 Ivy), which was swept in a doublehader by Harvard today. Princeton plays two against those same Crimson (6-17, 4-2 Ivy) at 12:05 p.m.