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Dartmouth Defends Rolfe Division Title

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Freshman Kyle Hendricks     By Mark Washburn

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Dartmouth won the first game of a doubleheader at Harvard on Sunday, 11-5, to clinch the Rolfe Division crown in the Ivy League, its second consecutive division title and fifth in the last 10 years. The second game was played in a swift two hours, but the Big Green (22-13, 16-4 Ivy) came up a run short to the Crimson (12-28, 10-10), 4-3.

Senior Ray Allen (Longwood, Fla.) cracked a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Big Green in the title-clinching victory, and both freshman Joe Sclafani (Palm City, Fla.) and junior Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.) went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

On the mound, freshman Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capisrano, Calif.) went the distance to win his team-leading fifth game of the year.. He surrendered seven hits and five runs, only four earned, while walking two and striking out four.

Dartmouth jumped on Crimson hurler Dan Zailskas (0-3) for three runs in the top of the first. Sclafani walked to start the game, and Santomauro ripped a shot inside the first-base bag on a hit-and-run for an RBI double. After senior Mike Pagliarulo ((Winchester, Mass.) singled him to third, Allen bounced into a force out to get Santomauro home. Junior Jim Wren (Granbury, Texas) boomed a double to deep left, allowing Allen to score all the way from first.

Consecutive one-out singles by Sclafani and sophomore Jeff Onstott (Houston, Texas) set the table with runners on the corners for Santomauro, who laced a single to right. Sclafani scored easily, and Onstott raced home when the ball got under the glove of the right fielder, making it 5-0.

A little wildness by Hendricks in the third allowed the first two batters to reach on a hit by pitch and a walk. The first out was recorded on an infield pop before Hendricks hit another batter, loading the bases. A slow roller to second snuck under the fielder’s glove for an error as two runs scored. Tom Stack-Babich singled home another run to get Harvard within two runs at 5-3.

Dartmouth responded with a four spot in the fourth, all coming with two out. An RBI single by Pagliarulo with two on was followed by an Allen three-run bomb to right that landed in the bushes just beyond the fence. It was his eighth home run of the year, tying him with Santomauro for team-high honors.

Sclafani added two insurance runs in the seventh with a two-run triple, his Ivy-leading fifth of the year, before Harvard scored its final run in the bottom half.

Like the first game, the Big Green jumped out to a first-inning lead. Freshman Jake Carlson (Woodlands, Texas) was hit by a pitch, went to third on an Onstott single and scored on Wren’s single for a 1-0 lead.

Harvard got the run back in the bottom half as Dillon O’Neill singled, stole second and went to third when an infield single off the bat of Taylor Meehan got away at first. One out later, Tyler Albright hit into a fielder’s choice, allowing O’Neill to tie the game.

In the fourth, Dartmouth got back on top when freshman David Turnbull (St. Louis, Mo.) hit a two-out triple into the left-field corner to score Wren, who had singled to start the frame.

The Crimson responded with two in their half of the fourth. A pair of singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out for Jeff Reynolds, who snuck a grounder through the right side to give Harvard a 3-2 lead.

Stack-Babich delivered a two-out single in the fifth to score Harry Douglas from second, giving the Crimson a two-run advantage.

Dartmouth had a golden opportunity in the sixth when Onstott started the inning with his fourth triple of the year. Unfortunately he was gunned down at the plate on Wren’s grounder to third, and the score remained at 4-2.

Consecutive singles by junior Ezra Josephson (Key West, Fla.), sophomore Brandon Parks (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.) got the Big Green within a run. The bases were loaded with one out when Onstott was intentionally walked, but Harvard pitcher Conner Hulse induced a double play to escape the jam.

In the ninth, Santomauro came to the plate as a pinch hitter with one gone and got hold of a pitch from reliever Will Keuper. But the ball died at on the track in right-center where it was hauled in by O’Neill, leaving Dartmouth short in the final Ivy game of the regular season.

Freshman Cole Sulser (3-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs, three earned in six innings on eight hits and a walk.

Hulse (1-5) picked up his first win of the year, tossing 8.1 innings while yielding three runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out six hitters as well.

Wren extended his hitting streak to 14 games with three hits in the two games.

Dartmouth has to wait to find out which team in the Gehrig Division it will host as Princeton and Cornell finished the regular season tied with identical 10-10 records. The Ivy Championship series will begin on Saturday, May 2. The Big Green has two games prior to the series, next playing at home against Hartford on Tuesday at 3 p.m.