Despite Strong Outings by Yale Pitchers in Game 2, Dartmouth Moves One Step Closer to Clinching Rolfe Division
WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team suffered a big blow to its hopes of passing Dartmouth and winning the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division after dropping a pair of games to the Big Green on Saturday, 9-1 in Game 1 and 7-3 in 10 innings in Game 2 at Yale Field.
After the losses, Yale (8-24 overall, 5-9 Ivy League) falls to third place in the division, five games behind Dartmouth (25-6 overall, 10-4 Ivy League) with six Ivy League games remaining.
Harvard split its first doubleheader at Brown to move into sole possession of second place in the Rolfe Division and now sits four games behind Dartmouth in the division race.
Dartmouth moved one step closer in its quest to claim its sixth straight division crown after picking up its seventh and eighth consecutive wins Saturday. The Big Green used a strong pitching performance from Cole Sulser to pick up a 9-1 win in Game 1, but it needed some extra work to complete the sweep.
In Game 1, Sulser (4-2) scattered eight hits while allowing just one run with five strikeouts to lead Dartmouth to the 9-1 win.
The Big Green scored a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run double with two outs by Nick Lombardi. Yale responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on Brent Lawson's RBI single that drove in Nate Adams that kept the Bulldogs within striking distance.
However, Dartmouth scored a run in the second on an RBI single by Matt Parisi and two more runs in the third on a leadoff home run by Dustin Selzer and an RBI single by Matt MacDowell to take a 5-1 lead after three innings.
With the way Sulser was pitching, that was more than enough for the Big Green to claim the win in the opening game. After allowing Yale's first three hits in the first inning, Sulser settled down and gave up just five hits over the final six innings, netting 1-2-3 innings in four of the last six innings.
Yale loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning but could not plate any of the runners to mount a comeback.
Selzer, Parisi, MacDowell and Jeff Keller all had two hits to lead Dartmouth in Game 1. Lombardi went 1-for-3 but drove in three runs while Ennis Coble scored three runs.
In Game 2, Yale received strong pitching performances from starter Michael Coleman and reliever Cale Hanson, but Dartmouth was able to finally break through against Hanson in the 10th inning to pull out a 7-3 win in extra innings and complete the sweep.
Both teams scored single runs in the second, third and ninth innings to push the game into extra innings with the score tied at 3-3. Dartmouth broke through with four runs in the top of the 10th inning to secure the win.
In the second inning, Joe Purritano's RBI groundout gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead, but Yale tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Tom O'Neill's RBI single that drove in David Toups with the tying run.
In the third inning, MacDowell led off with a home run over the short porch in right field to give Dartmouth a 2-1 lead, but Yale responded once again in the bottom of the inning, this time tying the game on an RBI double by Brent Lawson that plated Jacob Hunter to tie the game at 2-2.
In the ninth inning, MacDowell's RBI single gave Dartmouth a 3-2 lead, but Lawson came through once again, this time with an RBI single with two outs that drove in Hunter and tied the game at 3-3 to force extra innings.
Selzer's RBI double and MacDowell's two-run single sparked a four-run rally by Dartmouth in the top of the 10th inning that secured the win for the Big Green.
MacDowell went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to lead Dartmouth in Game 2.
Senior captain Chris Piwinski had three hits for the Bulldogs in Game 2. Hunter and Lawson both had two hits, with Lawson driving in a pair of runs and Hunter scoring a pair of runs.
Coleman worked 7⅓ innings in a strong start. He scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run while striking out four Dartmouth batters. Hanson (0-2) took the loss, allowing just one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts in 2⅔ innings of relief. He entered the game in the eighth inning after Dartmouth had loaded the bases with one out and struck out the next two batters to end the threat and keep Yale in the game.
The Bulldogs return to Yale Field on Sunday to complete the four-game set with Dartmouth with a doubleheader that begins at 12 p.m.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity