Four-Run Ninth Inning Lifts Dartmouth Past Army

Chris Rowley

Chris Rowley

March 16, 2013

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Chris Rowley threw eight solid innings, and Jon Crucitti went 3-for-4, but Dartmouth scored four times in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 5-2 victory against Army on Saturday evening at Chain of Lakes Stadium.

Rowley was strong throughout his start, allowing just one run on six hits over eight innings of work. He struck out five batters and only issued one walk. Crucitti accounted for half of the Black Knights' six hits, while Alex Jensen finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Army (4-10) plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 2-1 lead, but Dartmouth (4-0) scored four times off Gunnar Carroll (0-3) in the ninth inning to remain undefeated.

Michael Danielak (1-0) earned the victory for the Big Green after allowing two runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Thomas Olson worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to collect his third save of the season.

Matt MacDowell finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored to lead Dartmouth's offense. Matt Parisi and Trent Goodrich recorded two hits apiece to help aid the Big Green's 12-hit attack.

Dartmouth opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead on Ennis Coble's RBI double.

Rowley and Dartmouth starter Cole Sulser then engaged in a classic pitcher's duel, holding both teams off the scoreboard until the eighth inning. Sulser fanned seven Black Knights over six scoreless innings.

Army was able to rally against Danielak, scoring twice on three hits in the eighth. Justin Reece began the uprising with a leadoff single. Crucitti then reached on a bunt single, and both runners moved into scoring position when Daniel Cortes laid down a sacrifice bunt. Jensen then came through with a two-run single to give the Black Knights a 2-1 advantage. It appeared as though Army might do even more damage as the Black Knights loaded the bases with one out, but Danielak was able to get Jacob Page to pop out and then struck out Dakari Cooke to end the threat.

Dartmouth then scored four runs on six hits to move in front for good. MacDowell's two-run triple highlighted the rally.

Army returns to West Point to begin their home schedule on Wednesday, March 20, when they host Quinnipiac at 3 p.m.

Game Notes: Army falls to 30-46 all-time versus Dartmouth ... the Black Knights posted a 4-3 record in Florida ... Chris Rowley matched his career high with eight innings pitched ... Jon Crucitti combined to go 6-for-8 during today's split doubleheader versus North Dakota State and Dartmouth.

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