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Bobcats Ruin Dartmouth Baseball Opener With Long Ball

  • Dartmouth pitcher Thomas Olson of Manhattan, Kansas calls in from the bull pen during the Dartmouth home opener against Quinnipiac in Hanover Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

    Dartmouth pitcher Thomas Olson of Manhattan, Kansas calls in from the bull pen during the Dartmouth home opener against Quinnipiac in Hanover Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ian Smith, 8, of Hanover sprints to catch a foul ball hit out of Biondi Park in Hanover during Dartmouth College baseball's home opener against Qunnipiac Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Smith was playing catch with his dad Steve Smith when the ball left the park. "He's always distracted every time he hears a clink, for foul balls" said Steve Smith.<br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

    Ian Smith, 8, of Hanover sprints to catch a foul ball hit out of Biondi Park in Hanover during Dartmouth College baseball's home opener against Qunnipiac Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Smith was playing catch with his dad Steve Smith when the ball left the park. "He's always distracted every time he hears a clink, for foul balls" said Steve Smith.
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  • Dartmouth pitcher Thomas Olson of Manhattan, Kansas calls in from the bull pen during the Dartmouth home opener against Quinnipiac in Hanover Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
  • Ian Smith, 8, of Hanover sprints to catch a foul ball hit out of Biondi Park in Hanover during Dartmouth College baseball's home opener against Qunnipiac Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Smith was playing catch with his dad Steve Smith when the ball left the park. "He's always distracted every time he hears a clink, for foul balls" said Steve Smith.<br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

Hanover — Quinnipiac launched four home runs over the Biondi Park fences to spoil the Dartmouth College baseball team’s home opener on Wednesday, using the long ball to earn an 11-5 win.

Vincent Guglietti had the big day for the Bobcats (6-15), going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with one of the homers to go with three runs scored and two more driven in.

Senior Dustin Selzer went 3-for-5 for the Big Green (4-13) with two RBIs. Sophomore Nick Ruppert contributed his first career home run, a solo blast, to Dartmouth’s cause.

Quinnipiac had blasted just one circuit clout in its first 20 games, but the visitors muscled up to get the victory. In addition to two solo homers, the Bobcats’ Ryan Nelson and Scott Donaghue dropped three-run bombs to drain the energy from the home crowd.

The Bobcats built a 5-1 lead through four innings, aided by a Nic Civale solo shot and Nelson’s three-run pop. Dartmouth closed to within 5-4 in the fifth on a Selzer RBI single and a two-run triple from Thomas Roulis, but the Big Green would get no closer. Sophomore Adam Charnin-Aker took the loss on the mound for Dartmouth.

The Big Green hosts Ivy League doubleheaders with Columbia on Saturday and Penn on Sunday. Both Red Rolfe Field twinbills are scheduled to start at noon.

Women’s Lacrosse

NEC 15, Colby-Sawyer 11

Henniker, n.h. — Allison Granata scored five goals as the host Pilgrims (1-7, 1-0 league) got their first win of the year at the expense of the Chargers (2-5, 0-1 league) in the North Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.

A three-goal run gave New England College a 5-2 lead with 2:24 left in the first half. Colby-Sawyer cut the deficit to 10-9 early in the second half, only to have the Pilgrims put the game away with a 5-1 run.

Caitlyn Whearty scored twice and set up two more goals for the Chargers, who host Thomas College on Saturday.

Men’s Rugby

Dartmouth to Ivy Finals

Hanover — The Dartmouth men’s rugby team will go for another Ivy League title in full-sided rugby this weekend after rolling to a 38-0 win over Penn in Saturday night’s semifinals at Scully-Fahey Field.

Kevin Clark produced a pair of first-half tries to power the Big Green, including one 70-meter dash following an interception. Tyler Moragne, Neil Greene and Robbie Anthony also found the try zone, and lock Ryan Galloway made several convincing tackles on defense to help Dartmouth post the shutout. After building a 33-0 halftime lead, Dartmouth capped the win on Clark’s third try of the evening in the second half.

The Big Green will host Harvard in the Ivy Cup finals on Saturday.

∎ Dartmouth also sent a sevens team to Springfield, Mass., last weekend for the Armory Collegiate Sevens Tournament. After pool-play losses to New England College, Middlebury and Connecticut, the Big Green rebounded to beat Mass Maritime and Westfield State to come home winners of the Shield bracket.