UMBC no match for Hendricks
Sclafani has career-high five hits, Dartmouth gets 18
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- For the second time in three games, the Dartmouth Big Green tallied 11 runs in an inning, backing the 11-strikeout performance of Kyle Hendricks in a 17-2 rout against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon at Chain O' Lakes Park. Joe Sclafani had a career-high five hits as Dartmouth (7-4) pounded 18 hits off four Retriever pitchers.
Although UMBC (3-11) suffered its fourth straight loss, -- three to Dartmouth -- it did snap the Big Green's streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run at 28.2 with a pair of runs in the ninth.
Hendricks dominated the Retrievers, needing just 86 pitches to navigate his way through eight innings. He allowed just three singles and a walk, facing just 28 batters. His performance comes on the heels of his outing against Army last Friday in which he struck out a career-high 15 batters, earning numerous honors including the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week and the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week. Hendricks has not allowed a run in his last 12.2 innings.
With a 6-0 lead after retiring the side in order in the eighth along with a low pitch count, Hendricks was poised to finish off what would have been his third career shutout. But Dartmouth kept getting on base in the bottom half, scoring run after run and lengthening Hendricks' wait in the dugout. By the time the inning came to a close, the Big Green owned a 17-0 lead.
"Kyle was very impressive today," Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen said after the game. "His performance was reminiscent of his division-clinching shutout against Harvard last year and the Ivy Championship clincher two years ago against Cornell.
He threw three pitches for strikes, locating each one effectively, and was absolutely dominant with his fastball. But with that long stretch in the dugout while we were batting in the eighth, there was no need to risk him stiffening up and forcing the ninth inning."
UMBC brought in reliever Matt Siggins to pitch the eighth, and Sclafani greeted him with a triple to the gap in right-center. After Sam Bean walked, Chris O'Dowd delivered his third hit of the afternoon for the first run of the inning. A pair of one-out walks forced home Bean and ended Siggins' afternoon.
Again, the Big Green welcomed a reliever to the mound by smacking a triple, this time with Jake Carlson doing the honors to clear the bases, making it an 11-0 game.
A hit batter and a grounder to short put runners on second and third with two down when Sclafani poked a single through the infield for his second hit of the inning and the sixth run of the frame. Bean ripped an RBI double before O'Dowd reached on an error, allowing another run to score. Two batters later, Jeff Onstott pulled a double down the right-field line to score two more, and Ennis Coble capped the inning with an RBI single.
Dartmouth also scored 11 runs in the first inning in the first game of the series against UMBC en route to a 13-4 triumph. This 11-run frame is just the fifth time the Big Green have put double digits on the board in one inning during Whalen's tenure, this being his 22nd season. Until Monday, Whalen's teams had never scored
11 runs in one inning.
"A lot of our runs have come in bunches so far this season," Whalen said, "and today was no different. It really gives our guys confidence at the plate and allows them to relax and keep things simple when hitting."
Hendricks needed to be sharp as Dartmouth had just a 3-0 lead entering the bottom half of the seventh. But like yesterday, Dustin Selzer doubled the lead with a three-run homer, giving the Big Green the breathing room they were looking for.
Dartmouth put the first run of the game on the board in the first when Sclafani and Bean hit back-to-back doubles. In the fourth, the Green tacked on two more against starter Mike Mitchell (0-2) on run-scoring singles off the bats of Carlson and David Turnbull.
The Retrievers tallied two runs in the ninth with one coming home on a passed ball, the other on an RBI single by D.J. Ream.
Every starter had at least one hit for Dartmouth, including Sclafani with his five knocks and O'Dowd with his three to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. The top three hitters in the lineup -- Sclafani, Bean and O'Dowd -- all scored three times while Carlson drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Coble reached base five times with a single and four walks.
Dartmouth will go for the four-game sweep against UMBC on Friday.