HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth shortstop Matt Parisi went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, to help lead the Big Green to an 8-7 walk-off win over Holy Cross in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Biondi Park. With the win, Dartmouth improves to 7-16 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 10-19 overall.
Dartmouth got off to a hot start, as it struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab the early 4-0 lead. After two scoreless innings by both teams, Holy Cross scored its first run on the game in the top of the fourth on a senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) home run to make the score 4-1. The long ball was Cipolla's second of the season. The Crusaders added another run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the margin to 4-2, as sophomore Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) plated freshman Bill Schlich (Massapequa, N.Y.) on an RBI-triple.
Holy Cross kept up the offensive pressure in the top of the sixth inning. Cipolla led off the inning with an infield single and stole second base during the next at bat. Two batters later, sophomore Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) launched his second home run of the season to score Cipolla and tie the game at 4-4. The Crusaders grabbed the lead in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs, junior Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) ripped a double down the right-field line. He scored during the next at bat on an double by freshman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) to give Holy Cross the 5-4 lead.
The Crusaders added two runs in the top of the ninth to gain the 7-4 lead. Senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) scored the first run on a wild pitch, while St Clair walked with the bases loaded to plate Indeglia. Dartmouth, however, rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Big Green loaded the bases and scored its first run on a walk. Dartmouth third baseman Nick Lombardi then singled to right center to bring in two runs and tie the score at 7-7. Two batters later, Parisi singled to left field to bring home the winning run and clinch the 8-7 victory for the Big Green.
Dartmouth relief pitcher Jay Graham earned the win (1-0), as he pitched the final out of the top of the ninth inning. Big Green starter Adam Charnin-Aker tossed five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, while fanning two batters. Holy Cross freshman reliever Jon Escobar (Inverness, Ill.) was charged with the loss, as he allowed four runs on one hit and three walks in the ninth inning.
Holy Cross junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.), Cipolla and St. Clair all had multiple hits in the game, as Dartmouth held the 12-11 edge in total hits. Cipolla went 2-for-5 with two runs, a home run and RBI, while St. Clair batted 2-for-4 with one run, a double and one RBI.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they will travel to Lehigh for a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader.