Dartmouth heads to Ivy League baseball title series
Dartmouth College, which captured the Rolfe Division title for the sixth straight season Saturday, established a single-season school record for most wins after sweeping Harvard 4-2 and 9-4 in a baseball doubleheader in Cambridge, Mass., Sunday.
The Big Green completed their regular season with a 31-7 overall record and 15-5 in Ivy League play. The 2011 team finished with a 30-12 record.
Columbia won the Lou Gehrig Division, and because the Lions clinched the best record in the Ivy League at 16-4, they will host the best-of-three Ivy Championship Series next weekend against the Big Green.
Mitch Horacek (6-2) threw a four-hitter over seven innings in the first game Sunday, allowing one walk with four strikeouts. Harvard contributed to the win with three errors. Joe Purritano and Matt MacDowell each had an RBI for Dartmouth.
In the second game, Dustin Selzer, Purritano and Shane Ogren each drove in two runs to lead the Big Green. Michael Johnson (7-0) gained the mound win with a four-hitter over six innings. He walked two and fanned six.
UMass Lowell 4 SNHU 3: In Lowell, Mass., Riley Palmer (sacrifice fly) of Goffstown and Bryan Toland (double) each drove in a run for the Penmen. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Penmen, 31-14 and 12-7 in the NE-10.
Plymouth State 6-4, Colby 2-2: Wolfeboro's Jeff Runnals pitched a seven-hitter in the opener, with four strikeouts, lifting PSU on the road. In the nightcap, Ryan Wakefield of Sanbornton earned the save. The Panthers improved to 19-18 overall.
Daniel Webster 11, Elms 1: In Nashua, Greg Dubela of Stratham (7-0) became the first pitcher in DWC history to win seven games in a season after scattering five hits over eight scoreless innings with one walk. Dubela (1.26 ERA) was supported by two RBIs each from Darrik Marstaller of Spofford and Rich Lizotte. The win clinched the third NECC title for DWC, which tied its own all-time season record for wins with a 23-9 record, 15-3 in NECC play. The Eagles were 23-19 last season.
Husson 4-10, NEC 0-2: In Henniker, the Pilgrims closed out their season 6-23 overall and 5-19 in the North Atlantic Conference. NEC's Conor Crouse, Brandon Adorono and Kevin Caputo each singled for the Pilgrims in Game 1. Five errors contributed to the loss in the nightcap.
Merrimack 7-3, Franklin Pierce 3-2: In North Andover, Mass., the Ravens fell to 28-15, 11-6 in the NE-10. Matt Walsh drove in the two runs for the Ravens in the one-run loss. In the opener, Dan Kemp and Justin Brock each had an RBI for FPU.
St. Anselm 6, Stonehill 4: In Easton, Mass., Merrimack's Tom Hudon (3-2) gained the mound win. He pitched a five-hitter over seven innings, walking three and fanning five. Robert Kelly had two hits, one a homer and the other a double for three RBIs. The Hawks are 18-16-1 overall, 13-14 in conference play.
St. Anselm College 3, Stonehill 2: In Easton, Mass., Shannon Dalton pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. She fanned six batters to earn the victory for the Hawks (22-20). Tayla Trask threw a scoreless seventh inning to collect the save.
Dartmouth 5-13, Harvard 4-1: In Cambridge, Mass., the Big Green claimed the Ivy League North Division for the first time since 2009. Dartmouth will now go to the Ivy League championship series at Pennsylvania for a 1 p.m. start to a doubleheader next Saturday. If needed, the third and deciding game for the title and an NCAA berth will be decided on Sunday.
Katie Adams led the Big Green in the second game with a three-run homer and two-run homer. In the opener, which went eight innings, Katie McEachern of Dartmouth (25-18) smacked a solo homer for the game-winning hit.