Big Green, Cornell Ready for TV Closeup
Hanover — The first televised baseball game at Dartmouth College’s Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park will take place tomorrow when the Cornell Big Red come to Hanover for a rematch of last year’s Ivy Championship Series.
Fox College Sports will broadcast the first game of the doubleheader at noon for the historic telecast, which reportedly will be available on Comcast Sportsnet New England in the Upper Valley.
Ivy League doubleheaders normally consist of a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game, but the order will be reversed to accommodate the broadcast of the nine-inning contest.
This is the first time Dartmouth will play in a televised game since its appearance in the 2010 NCAA Tournament regional hosted by the University of Miami in which the Big Green went 1-2, beating Florida International (15-9) between losses to the host Hurricanes (12-8) and Texas A&M (4-3), the latter two of which were nationally ranked.
At 15-3, Dartmouth is off to its best 18-game start in more than 140 seasons of varsity baseball dating back to 1866, and is receiving votes in the national poll conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. While the Big Green currently has the best overall record in the Ivy League, Cornell (15-8, 3-1) has the top overall record in the Gehrig Division and is tied for the top spot in the standings.
Last year, the Big Red hosted the best-of-three ICS, splitting a doubleheader with Dartmouth to force a winner-take-all third game. The two teams played into the 11th inning when Cornell won the game on a two-run, walk-off homer to give the Big Red a 3-1 victory and the Ivy crown.
Winners of the last five Rolfe Division titles, the Big Green have won more league games than any other team in the Ancient Eight since 2000 (163), and more overall games since the league went to a divisional format in 1993 (427).