Big Green Baseball Buries Bears

Hanover — Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park had to be plowed of snow yesterday morning in order for the Dartmouth College and Brown baseball teams to stage an Ivy League doubleheader. A few hours later, the Big Green completed a sweep of the Bears, handing the visitors 2-0 and 11-3 losses.

The results improve Dartmouth to 20-6 overall and 6-4 in the Ivies, where the Big Green leads the Rolfe Division by two games over Yale and Harvard. Brown occupies the division cellar at 3-22, 1-9.

The first game’s story was Big Green pitcher Cole Sulser, a fifth-year senior who’s completing an engineering degree after overcoming an arm injury that kept him out of action all of last season. The right-hander tossed a three-hitter, striking out eight Bears and walking one while five times retiring the side in order.

During the fourth inning, Brown loaded the bases with one out, but Sulser sat down the next two batters on called strikes to end the frame. An inning later, the Bears used a leadoff single and a throwing error to place runners on first and third with no outs. This time, Sulser got the first out with a called third strike and the last two outs on a ground-ball double play.

“The kid has pitched lights-out in big games his whole career,” said Dartmouth coach Bob Whalen. “But this is only his fifth or sixth start in two years … and every inning in these conference games is war. Everybody was ecstatic for him, because he feels that burden of carrying the team. He didn’t pitch like he’s capable of the first two (Ivy League) weekends, but this was a different Cole.

“He felt like he had let the team down, which of course he had not. I’m really proud of him.”

The second game’s news-maker was freshman Joe Purritano, a designated hitter who had three hits and five RBIs. The New Jersey product, named the Newark Star-Ledger’s 2012 state Hitter of the Year, had three hits and an RBI in the first game and homered twice to right field during the nightcap.

Dartmouth’s Matt Parisi was 5-for-5 with three doubles during the second game. The sophomore hit for the cycle on four consecutive at-bats strung over his team’s nonconference games against Boston College and Holy Cross earlier in the week, then struck out six times in a row before heating up again.

Kyle Hunter, Dartmouth’s second-game starting pitcher, allowed five hits and two earned runs in six innings. He struck out five batters and walked two and was followed by Mike Dodakian, who pitched the final three innings to earn his second save.

— Tris Wykes

Softball

Green Sweeps Bears

Hanover — Pitcher Kristen Rumley tossed a pair of one-hitters as Dartmouth picked up a sweep of Ivy League North Division foe Brown (7-20, 1-9 Ivy), winning 5-1 and 10-0. The second game was called after five innings. For the day, the Big Green recorded 19 hits to just two for the Bears.

In game one, Dartmouth (16-17, 6-4 Ivy) used a three-run second inning and never looked back. Rumley threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts. The southpaw also starred from the plate going 2-for-3 with her first home run of the season. Teammate Brianna Lohmann had two RBIs.

In game two, Kristen Rumley tossed another one-hitter for her 15th win of the season. Teammate Hillary Hubert went 3-for-4 from the plate with one RBI, while Kathy Dzienkowski was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Track & Field

Big Green
Competes at Brown

Providence, r.i. — Dartmouth competed at the Brown Invitational at the Bears’ home stadium. Several first-place finishes highlighted the day for the Big Green at the non-scoring meet.

Jalil Bishop won the 400 meters in 49.21 seconds, while Edward Wagner took the top spot in 400hurdles, crossing in 53.31.

Silas Talbot was the winner of the 800 in 1:52.81 and Thomas Servino claimed first in the hammer throw with a toss of 184-3.0.

Senior Connor Reilly also posted a strong showing, taking second in both the 100 (10.66) and 200 (22.01).

The relay teams also enjoyed some success on this afternoon at Brown, posting the fastest times of the year in both the 4x100 (41.88) and the 4x400 (3:18.64).

■ Junior Megan Krumpoch was the big winner for the Big Green women, taking first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.19.

Teammates Molly Shapiro and Lauren Ready were second in each of their respective events, with Shapiro taking the runner-up spot in the triple jump and Ready in the long jump.

Crew

Dartmouth Women
Lose Cup

Boston — Yale reclaimed the Class of 1985 Cup from Dartmouth, which won last year, by winning the the first varsity eight race. Boston University and Clemson also competed.

In the varsity eight race, it was a battle between Yale and Clemson with the Bulldogs coming out on top with a time of 6:31.6, exactly five seconds ahead of Clemson. Dartmouth crossed with a time of 6:44.9, one second after the BU crew.

Harvard Takes
Biglin Bowl

Hanover — The Dartmouth men’s lightweight crew team hosted Harvard and MIT on the Connecticut River for the Biglin Bowl yesterday morning. On a nearly perfect morning for racing with no wind and clear water, Harvard won all four races.

The Crimson won the varsity eight race with a time of 5:41.2. Dartmouth placed second with a time of 5:45.1 with the Engineers coming in third with a time of 5:53.5.

Yale Heavies Sweep

Derby, Conn. — The Big Green heavyweight crews battled Yale for the Olympic Axe. Yale won all four races but Dartmouth had some impressive races from all of its boats.

In the varsity race, Yale, which entered the race as the sixth team in the country, took the race with a time of 5:41.2. The Big Green took an early two-seat lead at the start. Over the course of the final 500 meters, the race went back-and-forth as both teams were making moves into each other right up until the finish line. Yale’s final margin of victory was less than a length and Dartmouth’s time was 5:43.9, a little less than three seconds off Yale’s winning time.

Men’s Tennis

Penn 4, Dartmouth 3

Philadelphia — No. 70 Dartmouth was edged by Penn.

The Big Green (12-8, 1-2 Ivy League) fell to the Quakers (9-8, 1-3 Ivy) for the second consecutive season.

With the match tied at three, Dartmouth’s Cameron Ghorbani and Blaine Willenborg battled at No. 4 singles for the clinching point. Willenborg came on top in the three-set thriller rallying after dropping the first game 7-6.

Colby-Sawyer 9 Johnson 0

New London — Colby-Sawyer men’s improved to 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference East Division with a sweep of Johnson on Saturday evening.

The Chargers are now 9-6 overall and sit atop the NAC East standings at 4-0. Johnson drops to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Colby-Sawyer went ahead 3-0 after each doubles team swept their opponents 8-0.

Nathan Taschereau, Justin Pinard, Sergio Spassof, and Reeve Fidler each won their singles matches in straight sets without dropping a game.