Local Roundup: Big Green Sweeps Harvard
Hanover — Dartmouth College junior Matt Parisi ripped the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the ninth inning into the netting above the left-field fence for a two-run homer to give the Big Green a 3-1 victory and complete a baseball doubleheader sweep on Senior Day over visiting Harvard on Sunday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field.
Combined with the 4-2 win in the opener, Dartmouth (15-19, 9-9 Ivy) kept its Rolfe Division title hopes alive by extending its ongoing wining streak to a a season-high five games. The Big Green kept pace with division leader Yale (18-21, 11-9), which swept a home doubleheader with Brown on Sunday.
Dartmouth visits Harvard for two more games on Tuesday, contests that were postponed by Saturday’s rains. The Big Green must win both games of the twinbill to tie Yale for first in the division and force a one-game playoff for honors, a matchup that would take place in Hanover this weekend.
From the ninth spot in the order, Parisi went 3-for-4 in the nightcap and came to the plate in the ninth with one out and junior Bo Patterson, who led the inning off by legging out an infield hit, on second base after junior Matt MacDowell laid down a sacrifice bunt. Parisi swatted the first offering from reliever Tanner Anderson (1-2) over the fence to win the game with his second walk-off hit of the season.
Sophomore Michael Danielak earned his first win of the season with three scoreless innings, striking out three and surrendering just one hit in relief of starter Louis Concato.
Harvard’s defense played a role in the opening-game defeat by committing three errors, which led to three unearned Dartmouth runs. One miscue in the home second allowed Dartmouth to tie the game at 1-1, and another in the third — on a failed pickoff attempt following a Thomas Roulis single — prefaced a Dustin Selzer shot off Crimson pitcher Sean Poppen’s foot for a single that scored Roulis with the run that put Dartmouth ahead to stay.
Dustin Selzer pitched into the seventh inning for the victory. Nick Lombardi accounted for three of the Big Green’s six hits in the opener.
Chargers Drop Two of Three
New London — Colby-Sawyer could only take the middle game of a North Atlantic Conference tripleheader on Sunday at Kelsey Field, taking a 6-0 decision in between 2-0 and 3-2 losses.
Kevin Keith threw a complete-game shutout in game two for the Chargers (8-23 overall, 5-14 league), fanning four and scattering eight hits. Andy Lapple’s RBI double and a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Jon Wylie gave CSC a 2-0 lead after four. The rest of the hosts’ offense arrived in the form of a four-run fifth fed by two Thomas errors.
Colby-Sawyer visits New England College for a doubleheader this afternoon.
CSC Wins Title
Hanover — Top-seeded Colby-Sawyer swept Castleton, 5-0, to win the North Athletic Conference’s East Division championship in a match played at Dartmouth College’s Boss Tennis Center.
The Chargers — who beat Lyndon State 5-0 in a tourney semifinal earlier in the day — surrendered just one game in doubles play to get the title matdch started. Dean Boodakian pushed Colby-Sawyer to a 4-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win at fifth singles, and tournament MVP Myles Utell clinched the title with a 6-0, 6-2 decision at No. 2.
Colby-Sawyer will meet Penn State-Abington in Schenectady, N.Y., for the conference championship on Saturday afternoon.