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May 5, 2012

Cornell, Dartmouth Split on First Day of Baseball Championship Series

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Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Athletics Communications

ITHACA, N.Y. -- After Cornell and Dartmouth split a doubleheader on Saturday in the opening day of the 2012 Ivy League Championship Series, Sunday's game will be a winner-take-all contest for the right to represent the League in the NCAA Championship. The Big Red took the first game, 11-3, before the Big Green won the nightcap, 7-1.

The final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday back at Hoy Field, which is hosting the event for the first time.

Game 1 – Cornell 11, Dartmouth 3
The Big Red attacked early, scoring runs in each of the first four innings to take a 7-0 lead en route to a program record 30th win of the season. It was the ninth time this season Cornell has scored 10 or more runs in a game.
 
Leadoff hitter Brenton Peters was 2-for-2 with three walks, a double and a solo home run in the sixth inning. He scored five runs, including the first of the game on a Brian Billigen sacrifice fly. Peters led off with a double and moved to third on Yanzick's single to left before Billigen's RBI.
 
Marshall Yanzick was 5-for-5 with three RBI, including a big two-run single up the middle with the bases loaded in the second. That extended the Big Red's lead to 3-0, then Billigen followed with a double to center field that plated two more runs. Billigen also drove in three runs in the game.

Armed with the early lead, starter Connor Kaufmann pitched efficiently and carried a shutout into the seventh inning. Kaufmann now has a team-high seven victories on the year.

Game 2 – Dartmouth 7, Cornell 1
After Cornell put Dartmouth in a win-or-go-home situation, the Big Green got a terrific performance on the mound from junior Kyle Hunter and timely hitting to draw even in the series with a 7-1 triumph.

With Dartmouth's back to the wall, Hunter (3-4) cruised through the Big Red lineup for eight innings, facing just three over the minimum without a runner reaching third base. The left-hander tired in the ninth, falling just one out short of his second career shutout, and departed having surrendered the one run on six hits and one walk while striking out three.

Junior Ennis Coble was 3-for-4 and scored twice, freshman Matt Robinson twice singled and scored, and rookie Thomas Roulis drove in two runs.

In the fifth, freshman Nick Lombardi yanked a 1-0 pitch past a diving third baseman to plate Robinson. Later in the inning, senior Joe Sclafani sent a deep drive to right to score Coble, Roulis hit an RBI single and sophomore Dustin Selzer hit a fly ball down the right-field line that was caught just beyond the foul line for a sacrifice fly and a 4-0 lead.

Marks (4-4) surrendered four runs in his five innings of work on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, fanning one. In the ninth, freshman Thomas Olson came on with two on and two out and got Brandon Lee to hit a routine fly to center to seal the victory.

Game three will begin at 1:00 p.m. Fans can watch the game live on IvyLeagueSports.com.