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Local Roundup: Dartmouth’s Whalen Wins 500th

Providence, r.i. — Bob Whalen picked up his 500th win as the head coach of the Dartmouth College baseball team on Sunday, reaching the milestone in the opening game of a doubleheader sweep of Brown at Murray Stadium.

Freshman Mike Concato twirled a four-hit shutout as the Big Green won the opener, 7-0. Sophomore Joe Purritano then homered and rove in the final two runs to back a strong effort from junior pitcher Chris England to take the nightcap, 3-2.

The wins gave Dartmouth (12-19 overall, 7-9 league) a split of the four-game weekend series with the Bears (10-20, 4-12), but Dartmouth gained no ground in its bid to overtake Yale in the league’s Red Rolfe Divisino standings. The Bulldogs swept Harvard on Sunday in a pair of extra-inning affairs, 1-0 in eight frames and 7-6 in 10, leaving Yale two games up on Dartmouth with four games to play.

Now in his 25th season at the helm of the Big Green, Whalen achieved the milestone in his third attempt. His offense didn’t waste any time taking command of the opener, putting four two-out runs across the plate in the first inning.

Junior Thomas Roulis singled and senior Dustin Selzer walked before Purritano rapped a 2-0 pitch back up the middle to bring Roulis home. Lombardi then stroked an RBI double to left, and junior Bo Patterson followed with a two-run single to center. The Big Green added three runs in the top of the seventh, Lombardi’s third homer of the season serving as the highlight.

Concato earned his first victory of the season, walking three and fanning six.

England came through with flying colors in the nightcap, going seven innings on four hits and two earned runs in his first career Ivy League start. Chris Burkholder and Duncan Robinson added an inning of work apiece, with Robinson gaining the save.

Purritano drove in a pair of runs and Selzer added an RBI for Dartmouth, which slapped 10 hits off three Brown pitchers.

Dartmouth hosts St. Anselm on Tuesday in advance of its final league contests, away and home doubleheaders with Harvard this weekend.

Softball

Green Streak Done

Providence, r.i. — The Big Green saw a 16-game Ivy League winning streak come to a close in a doubleheader split with Brown on Sunday, winning 6-2 over Brown before dropping a 3-1 decision that ended the Bears’ 28-game losing streak.

To no surprise, the Big Green (26-14, 15-1) and its bid to return to the Ivy League Championship Series will come down to the final weekend. Harvard (27-11, 13-0) kept up its unbeaten mark in league action with an 11-3, 7-5 sweep of Yale on Sunday. The Big Green and Crimson will meet in two doubleheaders this weekend to decide the North Division championship, starting in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday.

The Crimson will make up two games at Cornell on Tuesday and still have a suspended game with Penn from April 4 to complete.

Junior Kristen Rumley claimed the win in Sunday’s victory, tossing six innings of five-hit ball with 11 strikeouts. Dartmouth scored single runs in the first and third innings, then blew the game open on a fourth-inning grand slam from freshman Chloe Madill.

Dartmouth’s Morgan McCalmon dueled the Bears’ Leah Nakashima in the nightcamp, neither pitcher surrendering a run through the first four innings. The Big Green went up on a Kara Curosh RBI single in the fifth, but Brown offered a three-run answer in the bottom half to go ahead for good.