Big Green Make Big Plays, Beat Quinnipiac 7-5
By Jamie Palatini
March 27, 2008
HAMDEN — Junior infielder Johnathon Santopadre’s RBI single in the top of the ninth off reliever Todd DeFrancesco propelled the Dartmouth Big Green (6-7) past the Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-9) by a score of 7-5 at Bobcat Field in Hamden on Wednesday afternoon.
Early on, the scoring belonged to the home team. John Delaney’s first-inning single down the left field line scored freshman Ben Farina to give Quinnipiac the 1-0 lead. The Bobcats struck again in the third when Bryn Doyle led off the inning with a single up the middle. Two batters later, first baseman Pete Kummerfeldt hit his team leading fourth home run of the season over the right field wall, and it was 3-0 Quinnipiac.
Dartmouth got their scoring started in the fourth when Quinnipiac’s Ryan Walfield came on in relief of Eric Weber, who scattered two hits over three scoreless innings of work. Jason Blydell’s two-run single off of Walfield cut the deficit to 3-2. Dartmouth then eliminated the deficit in the fifth. Junior second baseman Jeff Onstott, who went 5-6 in the game, hit a two-run shot to give the Big Green the 4-3 lead. Walfield was pulled later in the inning after giving up five runs and five hits through 1 1-3 innings pitched.
The score stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. Quinnipiac’s Michael Marmo and Mike Bartlett both drew bases loaded walks to tie the score at five, but were unable to take the lead when Brian Monack struck out and Farina popped out to first to end the inning.
Dartmouth pulled away for good in the ninth. Santopadre’s one-out single through the left side of the infield scored James Wren to make it 6-5. The Big Green tacked on an insurance run when Santopadre came around to score on a throwing error from Delaney. Doyle lead off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the left field line and was moved to third on a ground ball. But Kummerfeldt popped out to short, and pinch hitter Blake Barone struck out to seal the deal for Dartmouth.
Dartmouth can thank the top half of their lineup for the win. Their first four hitters went a combined 9-21 at the plate and scored four of the team’s seven runs.
For Quinnipiac it was an overall subpar performance. Only three Bobcats had hits in the game, and the bullpen combined to allow seven runs on 15 hits. And unlike Dartmouth, they were unable to get the big hit when they needed it. The lone bright spot in the bullpen for Quinnipiac was Eric Bretscher who gave up no runs and struck out five in his two innings of work.
The Bobcats will look to get back on track at home this weekend in a doubleheader against Hartford on Sunday. Both games will be broadcasted by WQAQ.com, with Mike Radomski and Scott Sheahen on the call starting at 11:55am.