Senior Caleb Palensky went 2-for-4 and scored twice against Dartmouth on Thursday.
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Omaha Takes Series Finale From Dartmouth, 10-4

Omaha Athletics | March 20, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Omaha baseball team picked up a 10-4 win over Dartmouth at Hoglund Ballpark on Thursday to close its three-game midweek series. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 10-9 (0-0 Summit League), while the Big Green dropped to 2-7 (0-0 Ivy League).

Sophomore Clayton Taylor led the way with a 3-for-4 day, scoring once and driving in two more runs. Junior Daniel Jewett went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, and senior Caleb Palensky scored twice and finished 2-for-4.

The win went to sophomore Tyler Fox (3-1), who threw 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Fox struck out four and had one walk. The loss went to Adam Charnin-Aker (0-1) after he surrendered two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings of work.

Palensky led off the second with a double to left center and advanced to third on senior Tyler Splichal's sacrifice bunt. He then scored on Jewett's RBI single through the right side, and Jewett came in on sophomore Collin Leif's RBI single to right center to make it 2-0.

Dartmouth made it a one-run ballgame with one swing of the bat in the fifth, as Dustin Selzer had a solo home run to left.

The Mavericks went up 4-1 in the seventh, starting with Splichal scoring on a balk by reliever Travis Lambert. Sophomore Alex Schultz then immediately singled to right to drive in Jewett for Omaha's second run.

The Big Green answered with a run in the seventh, as Joe Purritano scored on a two-out wild pitch to pull it to 4-2.

The eighth inning was when Omaha did the most damage, putting up six runs on four hits. Taylor led it off with a double to left and advanced to third on a passed ball. Bass then came up with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Taylor. With one out, Palensky doubled to left center, and Splichal was hit by a pitch, prompting a Dartmouth pitching change.

Jewett then singled to load the bases for junior Dawson Porter, who walked and brought in Palensky to make it 6-2. Two batters later, Splichal scored on a wild pitch at 7-2, and sophomore Cole Gruber was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Schultz walked to push Jewett across, spotting Omaha an 8-2 advantage. Taylor then put a two-out, two-run single up the middle, scoring Gruber and Porter and bringing it to 10-2.

Dartmouth came back for a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom of the ninth, as Nick Lombardi's two-run double down the left field line scored Nick Ruppert and Michael Ketchmark. Omaha got out of it with a groundout and a pop-up, earning the 10-4 win and taking the series, 2-1.

Following a weekend off, Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, March 25, traveling to Kansas State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., and the nationally-televised game will be broadcast live on FOX College Sports.



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