BRADENTON, FLA. – A seven-run inning in the ninth for Northwestern drained the Big Green baseball team, as they lost the sixth straight game, 12-2, in Bradenton, Fla.
The Wildcats put the first mark on the board in the top of the first inning. Jake Goebbert grounded out to second base, but in doing so, scored Jake Owens to take the games first lead.
Northwestern added to their lead in the third inning, when a bunt-like grounder up the right field line couldn’t be handled by the Dartmouth defense, scoring Tommy Finn to extend the Wildcats lead to 2-0.
The Big Green got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning after Damon Wright (Dallas, Texas) singled up the middle to put a runner on base. Michael Pagliarulo (Winchester, Mass.) advanced Wright to second just before Andrew Nacario (Carlsbad, Calif.) belted a single to centerfield to record his third RBI of the season.
Ownes hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to right center field brought in Aaron Newman and the Wildcats third run of game.
After setting down the first two batters of the seventh inning, Big Green pitcher Robert Young (Cleburne, Texas) gave up a double to the outfield wall, followed by the next hitter, Geoff Dietz, taking Young deep for his first homerun of the season.
A muffed throw by the catcher from right field, allowed Nacario to score easy for Dartmouth bringing two other runners into scoring position and moving the Big Green up on the scoreboard. With runners on second and third, James Wren (Granbury, Texas) was unable to convert with any RBI’s, leaving Dartmouth down, 5-2, with two innings left to play.
The Big Green shutdown Northwestern in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t produce anything with their bats, staying down by three runs heading into the ninth.
Miller Aldrich (College Station, Texas), who came in for Young in the top of the eighth, struggled in the ninth. The freshman walked the first two batters he faced, and then gave up a single to left field which loaded the bases. Finn took advantage of Aldrichs’ slow start, as ripped a single into right field scoring one run. The next batter, Jim Grieco, followed the path of Finn and sailed a pitch into the outfield, scoring two and making the score 8-2.
Ben Murray (Grants Pass, Ore.) took to the hill for Dartmouth after Grieco’s hit to see if he could close out the inning. Owens took Murray’s fourth pitch down the right field line for a one-run double, increasing the Wildcats lead to 9-2.
Northwestern would go on to score three more runs in the ninth to put the Big Green in a ten-run hole with their last at bats on the way.
The Big Green would only put two runners on base in the ninth inning, unable to score any of them, as they drop their sixth straight game.
Dartmouth will get another shot at the Wildcats tomorrow morning, as they wrap up their Spring Trip with another nine-inning outing against Northwestern. First pitch is at 10:00 a.m.
For photos of the contest, please visit http://www.wilkerson.com/dartmouth/2007/northwestern1