Green Stays Perfect
Auburndale, Fla. — Senior Michael Johnson handcuffed North Dakota State bats for seven innings, striking out a career-high 12 batters to help the Dartmouth College baseball team shut out the Bison yesterday, 6-0, in the RussMatt Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park. The Big Green (7-0) are the only Division I team without a loss, extending a winning streak surpassed only by the 1903 team.
NDSU dropped to 8-9.
Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, one walk and one hit batter while not allowing a runner past second base. The left-hander fanned at least one batter every inning, striking out the side in both the second and seventh innings, and induced two double plays as well, throwing 91 pitches in his second start of the season.
The 12 strikeouts are the most by a Dartmouth pitcher since Cole Sulser punched out 13 Cornell hitters on April 9, 2011.
Jeff Keller had two of Dartmouth’s 10 hits with a two-run double and a triple.
Dartmouth continues its spring trip against Vassar this afternoon.
UNC 13, Dartmouth 5
Chapel Hill, n.c. — The Big Green (2-3) continued its struggles against ranked opponents, falling to the 14th-ranked Tar Heels yesterday at Fetzer Field.
North Carolina (4-3) owned a 54-23 edge in shots and claimed its 11th consecutive victory against Dartmouth. The Big Green is now 1-6 over the last two seasons against ranked opponents.
Senior captain Chris Costabile and junior Brendan Rotanz led Dartmouth with two goals apiece. Nikki Dysenchuk also scored for the Big Green, which received an 18-save effort from goaltender Bernie Susskind.
Dartmouth returns home to open its Ivy League schedule against Harvard on Saturday.
Ex-Raider Pollard Returns to Action
Fenwick Island, Del. — Lebanon High graduate Zach Pollard made a successful return to the Bentley College golf team over the weekend, helping the Falcons to a sixth-place team finish at the 13-team Bayside Resort Invitational.
Pollard shot a first-round 79 on Saturday as Bentley settled into fifth place. His second-round 89 did not factor into the final tally for Bentley, which shot 644 for the tournament. Wilmington took the tourney with a team 605.
The tournament was the first of the spring for Bentley and the first for Pollard, a 2012 Lebanon grad, since he sustained a concussion and right arm and shoulder injuries in a hit-and-run accident last September while walking with teammates in Waltham, Mass.