Kyle Hendricks tossed a five-hit shutout in game one to lift the Big Green to a 7-0 win, and Dartmouth held on to defeat the Lions 6-5 in the nightcap after Columbia had rallied from a three-run deficit earlier in the game.
After three scoreless innings, the game appeared destined to be a low-scoring one. Dartmouth’s Nick Santomauro ended that line of thought by leading off the top of the fourth with an opposite field home run over the left center field fence to put the visitors ahead, 1-0.
Lion starter Geoff Whitaker struck out Mike Pagliarulo, the next batter, but Ray Allen followed with a solo homer of his own to make it 2-0.
The Lions got the leadoff man aboard in three of the last four innings but were unable to push across any runs against Hendricks, who picked up his first collegiate win after being selected in the 39th round of the MLB Draft last June.
The long ball played another key role in the second game. Nick Santomauro, who went 6-for-8 on the day with four runs scored, hit his second opposite field homer of the day with two outs and nobody on in the top of the first.
Nick Cox then tied it up in the bottom of the inning with his first home run of the season, a drive that cleared the center field wall, tying the game at 1-1.
In the second inning, Dartmouth strung together three straight hits on 0-2 pitches, a pair of singles and a three-run home run by Brett Gardner to center, giving the Big Green a 4-1 advantage.
Lion starter Roger Aquino settled in after the second, holding
In the fifth, Billy Rumpke led off with a sharp single to right that scooted under the glove of Santomauro in right field. The speedy Rumpke made it all the way to third, ultimately tying the game with one out on a sacrifice fly to deep center off the bat of Nick Cox.
The game stayed at 4-4 until the top of the seventh.
Jim Wren followed by lining a double down the left field line that scored two to put
Marco Mariscal came on to pitch to Dean Forthun, whose line drive went right to Jonathon Santopadre at third for the final out.
Ryan Smith came on to pitch the final two innings and yielded two