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With a Cherry On Top

Dartmouth Wins Dairy Queen Title

Minneapolis — Sophomore Thomas Roulis went 3-for-5 and broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning with an RBI triple to help the Dartmouth College baseball team to a 5-2 win over Utah yesterday to win the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome, giving the Big Green its best season start since 2005.

In addition to the three-game sweep, Dartmouth sophomore Nick Lombardi earned the Silver Stick Award as the most outstanding player of the weekend. The third baseman batted .500 (6-for-12) with five RBIs. Lombardi broke out in Friday’s win over the host Golden Gophers with two doubles and a solo home run.

With the score knotted at 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Utah reliever Chase Rezac plunked freshman Nick Ruppert to start Dartmouth’s winning rally. A sacrifice bunt attempt was popped up for the first out, but Roulis made that moot by lacing a 1-0 pitch into the left-center gap for a triple, plating Ruppert. Senior Ennis Coble followed with an RBI single, and after junior Dustin Selzer pulled a single through the left side, junior Jeff Keller worked a walk from relief pitcher Mitch Watrous to load the bases. An error by the Utah second baseman allowed Coble to plate an insurance run for Dartmouth (3-0).

Junior Louis Concato took over in the bottom half for senior starter Michael Johnson and tossed two perfect frames before giving way to sophomore closer Thomas Olson. The right-hander surrendered a leadoff single, then retired the next three hitters on fly balls to stop the Utes (5-5) and earn his second save of the young season.

Other than the second inning, Johnson (1-0) cruised through the Utah lineup for the victory, allowing just four hits and two runs over his six innings of work. He walked just the one batter in the second inning and struck out five in throwing 75 pitches in his first outing of the season.

The Big Green banged out 12 hits, led by Roulis with his single, double and triple.

In addition to Lombardi’s award, five other Dartmouth players — Selzer, Roulis, Rupper, Matt Parisi and Kyle Hunter — made the all-tournament team.

Dartmouth does not play again until after winter exams, traveling to Florida for 10 games in eight days in the Russ-Matt Invitational. The action begins with a date against Army on March 16 in Winter Haven, Fla.

Girls Basketball

BCD 52, KUA 33

Windsor, Conn. — Undefeated Beaver Country Day claimed the NEPSAC Class C championship at Loomis Chaffee School at the expense of the second-ranked Wildcats (14-9).

Playing shorthanded, Kimball Union struggled to generate offense throughout the afternoon title game, falling into an 11-point hole by halftime. KUA switched defenses at that point and slowed the Beavers for a time, and senior Fiekah Fataar keyed a 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line as the Wildcats closed to within eight points. BCD started taking advantage of the outlet pass at that point and quickly rebuilt a comfortable advantage.

Fataar finished with a team-high 11 points, while teammate Shannon Walsh chipped in with nine. Kaitie Sanders, Becca DeTurk and Jill Clark also made it into the scorer’s column.

The contest marked the program’s ninth visit to a NEPSAC final in the past 15 years. KUA loses Fataar, DeTurk and Gretchen Schissel to graduation.

Squash

CSA Individuals Close

Hartford, Conn. — Three members of the Dartmouth squash program saw their runs in the CSA Individual Championships come to an end.

Senior Robbie Maycock, a member of the men’s squad, reached the semifinals of the Molloy Division tournament before dropping a 3-1 contest to Princeton’s Vivek Dinodia.

The women’s team had two players in action yesterday. Freshman Nina Scott also reached the semifinals of her Holleran Division draw, dropping a 3-1 match to Stanford’s Madeleine Gill. Senior Sarah Loucks went to five games against Bates’ Myriam Kelly in a first-round consolation match, falling 3-2.

The CSA Individual Championships marked the end of the season for Dartmouth, which saw both teams reach No. 9 in the national rankings.

Men’s Tennis

Dartmouth 5, Iowa 2

Iowa City, Iowa — The Big Green (6-6) made it three wins in a row, besting Iowa at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center.

Dartmouth opened by taking a 2-1 lead through the doubles portion of the program. The bottom half of the Big Green’s singles lineup did the most damage, with Brandon DeBot winning at No. 4, Justin Chang taking No. 5 and Sam Todd winning in straight sets at No. 6. Chris Kipouras provided Dartmouth’s other singles point at No. 2 when his opponent was forced to retire.

Dartmouth continues its road swing after spring break, traveling to North Carolina to take on UNC Wilmington March 19.

Women’s
Swimming/Diving

Dartmouth Closes Ivies

Princeton, n.j. — Junior Katy Feng took home the title in 3-meter diving on Saturday to cap Dartmouth’s participation at the Ivy League Championship, lifting the Big Green to a fifth-place team finish.

Feng joined senior Erica Serpico as the second Big Green diver to take an Ivy title in the past four years. Serpico won the 1-meter crown in 2010 and took third place over the weekend. Both divers posted scores that could merit inclusion at the NCAA Championship later this season.

Dartmouth also set a new school record in the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 3 minutes, 21.14 seconds, bettering the old standard by two seconds.

Team scores: Princeton 1,474.5, Harvard 1,374, Columbia 1,132, Yale 1,049, Dartmouth 856, Penn 715, Brown 678.5, Cornell 576.