NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The top four hitters in the Dartmouth lineup combined for 14 RBIs while the Big Green (19-11, 14-2 Ivy) set season highs for runs and hits in a 17-8 victory over host Yale (12-20, 6-10 Ivy) in the second game of a twinbill, completing the doubleheader sweep. Senior Mike Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) and junior Jim Wren (Granbury, Texas) each belted three-run home runs in the opener to support the complete-game, four-hit performance of freshman Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) as Dartmouth took the first game, 13-2.
Freshman leadoff hitter Joe Sclafani (Palm City, Fla.) reached base six times in the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with two walks, a hit by pitch and three runs while tying his season high of four RBIs. Next in the order was sophomore Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas) who had two hits and drove in three runs. Junior Nick Santomauro, who hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth yesterday to propel Dartmouth to a win, rapped out three singles with a walk and a hit by pitch while collecting three RBIs as well. It was Pagliarulo who cranked a two-out grand slam in the ninth today, although not as dramatic as Santomauro’s the day before, accounting for his four RBIs. It was his fourth homer of the season, all coming in the last week.
Tied at one in the fourth, Onstott delivered a single with the bases loaded to bring home two runs, and Santomauro followed with an RBI single of his own. Onstott scampered home from third on a wild pitch with two outs to give the Big Green a 5-1 lead.
Dartmouth extended the advantage to 8-1 in the next frame when junior Brett Gardner (Bellevue, Wash.) and senior Kyle Evans (Springfield, Mo.) singled with one out, and senior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sclafani came to the plate and stroked a two-run single before Onstott hit a sacrifice fly.
Yale did not simply roll over, rallying for five runs in the bottom half. Ryan Brenner and Matt Schmidt started the inning with back-to-back doubles, and three batters later, Trygg Larsson-Danforth unloaded the bases with a double. The Bulldogs squeezed home the last run to get within two.
The Big Green offense didn’t slow down as Sclafani came through with another RBI single and Santomauro drove in two more with a safety as well, boosting the lead back to five at 11-6.
Larsson-Danforth and Charlie Neil each had RBI singles in the Yale half of the sixth to cut the deficit to three. But Gardner and Santopadre contributed RBI singles in the seventh for Dartmouth, and Pagliarulo added his grand slam in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Freshman Cole Sulser (Santa Ysabel, Calif.) picked up the victory for the Big Green. In 5.2 innings, Sulser (3-1) surrendered nine hits and eight runs, seven earned, with three walks and six strikeouts. He had cruised through the first four innings with just an unearned run denting the scoreboard before struggling through the fifth. Sophomore Dan Ternowchek (Glenmoore, Pa.) did a nice job quieting the Bulldog bats with two scoreless innings, while sophomore Ryan Smith (Greenlawn, N.Y.) closed the door in the ninth.
Andrew Megee (1-1) took the loss for Yale, posting similar numbers to Sulser — nine hits, eight runs, seven earned and three walks. The differences were just two strikeouts and only 4.2 innings of work. Brenner and Larsson-Danforth each had three hits with the latter picking up four RBIs.
The Big Green jumped all over Yale in the opener as Pagliarulo cracked his three-run bomb in the top of the first to score Sclafani and Onstott who had both walked to start the game.
The second inning was not any better for the Bulldogs as Dartmouth batted around. Left-hander Vinny Lally (3-3) got the first out but then surrendered four straight singles, one from Onstott that drove in two runs, which ended Lally’s day early. Both Pagliarulo and senior Ray Allen (Longwood, Fla.) greeted reliever Chris Finneran with RBI singles of their own before Wren cracked his fifth four-bagger of the year for a 10-0 lead.
Dartmouth tacked on single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to complete its scoring in the contest.
Hendricks, meanwhile, was generally having his way with the Yale lineup. Only one batter reached base in the first two innings thanks to an error before he got into some trouble in the third. A lead-off walk and a single put runners on the corners with no one out. A single run was all the Bulldogs would manage, however, when Stefan Schropp chopped a ball to second and was thrown out at first with Hendricks covering.
The only other run Yale could muster came with two outs in the fifth. Schmidt reached on a throwing error which put him on second base, and Schropp singled him home for an unearned run.
All told, Hendricks (4-2) yielded just two runs, one earned, on four singles and a walk while striking out a season-high eight batters.
Both Pagliarulo and Wren finished the game with four RBIs, while Allen was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks and a pair of RBIs. Prior to today, Pagliarulo had driven in four runs in a game just once in his four years at Dartmouth; he accomplished the feat in both games of the doubleheader.
Dartmouth next plays at Vermont on Tuesday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m., while Yale travels to Hartford on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.