PRINCETON, N.J. – The Big Green took Game One by the score of 2-1 in the days doubleheader against Princeton, but dropped the second game, 12-4. The games, that were originally scheduled to be played in Hanover, were moved to Princeton’s Clarke Field due to weather.
Both pitchers came out at the start of Game One red hot. Dartmouth left-hander, Russell Young (Cleburne, Texas) stuck out five batters in the first two innings and got help from his defense in the third to keep the Tigers scoreless midway through the seven-inning contest.
Dartmouth took the first lead of the game in the bottom half of the third after Jason McManis (Flower Mound, Texas) led off with a single, followed by Erik Bell (Sierra Madre, Calif.) advancing him with a sacrifice bunt. McManis would finally cross the plate after a single to right field by James Wren (Granbury, Texas), giving the Big Green the, 1-0, lead.
Princeton tied the game up in the top of the sixth when a two-out double by Aaron Prince gave the Tigers a runner in scoring position. Derek Beckman brought Prince home on a single that got through the Dartmouth middle infield.
But the Big Green found ways to put runners on in the bottom of the last inning. Brett Gardner (Bellevue, Wash.) led off the inning getting hit by a pitch, being awarded a free pass to first. Junior Jason Blydell (Nahant, Mass.) came in to pinch run for Gardner. The next batter, Kyle Evans (Springfield, Mo.), advanced Blydell all the way to third after an error by the second baseman let the ball get into the outfield.
McManis would be the hero in the next plate appearance, driving a single into left field, scoring Blydell and snapping a four-game losing streak for the Big Green.
Young finished the game pitching all seven innings, striking out seven and allowing only five hits.
The Big Green carried some of their momentum from Game One into the second outing, as they put up the games first run in the bottom of the first. Nick Santomauro took four straight pitches for a walk, and then Damon Wright (Dallas, Texas) belted a double to the right field wall which scored Santomauro for his 10th RBI of the season.
Princeton came right back in the second and brought the score back to a tie, when Adrian Turnham scored after reaching base on a double to left field, making it a, 1-1, game at the end of two.
The Tigers added a couple more in the third inning, after back-to-back singles, followed by a long double, brought in two runs and gave Princeton the 3-1 lead.
Princeton kept racking up the runs in the fifth, scoring five runs on six hits to extend their lead to 8-1. The Tigers batted around in the inning where four of their six hits came in consecutive order.
Dartmouth starting pitcher, Chase Carpenter (Bartlett, Tenn.), was relieved midway through the inning by senior right-hander Bobby Steinsdoerfer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) who got the Big Green out of a the inning.
The Tigers went through all nine batters and another Big Green pitcher in the top of the seventh, when they recorded four runs on three hits to push their lead up to 12-1.
Dartmouth got a couple of runs back in the bottom of the seventh and eight innings, but the eight-run margin was too much for the Big Green. Blydell knocked a triple and wound up scoring in the eighth, but Dartmouth remained down, 12-4, heading into the ninth.
The Big Green loaded the bases in the final frame, but
Princeton out hit the Big Green, 17-7, in Game Two, as they Dartmouth now falls to 5-16-1 overall and 2-6 in the Ivy League. With the win in the second game, Princeton increases to 8-15 and 4-4 in the League.
The Big Green is schedule to have their home opener on Wednesday, as they will play host to Quinnipiac University.