FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
Head Coach Bob Whalen today announced the team’s 2011 40-game baseball schedule, 13 of which will be held at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park.
The Big Green will open the campaign in Orlando, as the University of Central Florida will entertain Dartmouth for a three-game series March 4-6, marking the first meeting between the two schools. The Golden Knights, a member of Conference USA, finished last season with 33 wins.
A 10-day break for exams precedes the team’s 10-game spring trip, which will take place in Winter Haven, Fla., for the second straight year. Single games against Akron, Army and Indiana dot the schedule before a pair of games against Long Island University and Northwestern on March 20. Dartmouth and UMBC will then face off four times over the next five days to wind down the trip.
Once they return to the Northeast, the non-conference slate will be daunting with Siena, St. Anselm’s, Hartford and Boston College visiting Hanover. Road contests at Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, and Hartford round out the remaining non-Ivy foes.
The road to a fourth consecutive appearance in the Ivy Championship series starts in Philadelphia on April 2 with two games against Penn. A rematch of last season’s Ivy Championship Series takes place one day later when Columbia and Dartmouth tangle in a doubleheader. Additional Ivy League road games include stops at Yale and Harvard.
Four different conference opponents visit Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park in 2011. The Big Green, who own a sparkling .848 home winning percentage (28-5) the past two seasons, welcome Princeton and Cornell April 9-10 before Brown visits Hanover for four games April 23-24. The season’s regular season home finale comes on April 30 with a pair of games against Harvard.
Dartmouth returns 22 letterwinners from last season’s club that went 27-19 and won one of three games at the Miami Regional in the NCAA Tournament. Among the starters returning are sophomore catcher Chris O’Dowd, last season’s Co-Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League. Joining O’Dowd in the lineup is senior first baseman Jason Brooks, who hit .355 with a team-leading 48 RBI, and junior co-captain Joe Sclafani, a two-time All-Ivy pick who hit .325 and stole 11 stolen bases. Junior Kyle Hendricks anchors a deep pitching staff that includes fellow classmate Cole Sulser, owner of a perfect 8-0 record with a 3.70 ERA in 2010, sophomore southpaw Kyle Hunter with his 3.48 ERA in 62.0 IP, and the Ivy League’s all-time saves leader (24) in Ryan Smith.