HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team extended its Ivy League winning streak to eight games, as the Big Green defeated Brown 13-5 in five innings before grinding out a 7-5 victory to sweep the series on Sunday afternoon.
Dartmouth improves to 10-21-1 overall, 9-3 in conference play, while the Bears fall to 11-24, 3-9 in the Ivy League
In Game 1 it was Breanna Ethridge who got the start in the circle after she pitched a gem against Brown the day prior. The Loganville, Georgia native hurled her 13th complete game of the season allowing just five hits and two walks. The Bears got on the bats early when Christina Andrews hit a two-out single. The next batter Annie McGregor hit a long fly ball to left field that was nearly caught, however the ball bounced off the fielder’s glove and over the fence which cleared the bases and gave Brown a 2-0 lead.
The Big Green got both of these runs back in the bottom half of the inning when Morgan Martinelli blasted a hit past the shortstop to score a pair and tie the game at two runs apiece. After Ethridge retired the Bears in order in the top of the second, Dartmouth broke the contest open scoring six runs in its bottom half of the inning.
Claire Bird led off with a single up the middle and scored on a wild pitch. After a walk by Lourlin Lara and bunt single by Calista Almer, Alyssa Jorgensen hit an RBI single up the middle to extend the Big Green’s early lead. This brought up Maddie Damore who collected two RBI’s on her double to left field. This chased Brown’s starting pitcher, Katie Orona from the game and brought Emily Waters into the circle. Karen Chaw recorded the first out of the inning on a sacrifice fly which brought Jorgensen home and gave Dartmouth a 5-0 lead. The final Big Green run of the inning came across when Bird came up for her second turn at the dish in the second and reached on an error by the second baseman, as Damore scored for the 6-0 advantage.
A scoreless third gave way to the fourth when the Bears made some noise after Cat Seitz hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 6-2. Dartmouth’s bats responded in a big way in the bottom half of the fourth, starting with Morgan Martinelli’s first of three home runs on the afternoon. With Jade Bravo on first, the Morgan Hill, California native launched a two-run home run to left field for the 8-2 lead. Later in the inning with two outs, Tiffany Dyson reached on an error which allowed Chloe Madill to come around from third. Another error, this time by the pitcher, allowed Lara to reach first safely and Dyson to score, extending the lead to 12-2. The next batter was Almer, who launched a double into left field scoring Lara all the way from second.
Brown had one last chance in the top of the fifth to extend the ball game, but the Bears could only muster one run when McGregor hit a two-out solo home run to left field. After the long ball, Ethridge was able to get Raquel Blanchard to pop up and end the game via the run rule.
In Game 2 Morgan Ebow got the start, pitching 3.1 innings with four hits. The Big Green once again gave their pitcher early run support when Martinelli launched a solo home run over the left field fence to give Dartmouth the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Big Green bats came alive again when when Chaw hit an RBI single to right, scoring Jorgensen and moving Damore to second. This brought up Martinelli, who crushed her third homer of the game, this time a three-run blast, which gave the home team a commanding 5-0 lead.
Brown would not go quietly as the Bears rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game 5-5. Two of Brown’s five runs came via back-to-back solo home runs by Seitz and Megan Wimmer to lead off the inning. After consecutive walks, the Bears launched another home run into left field as Kaitlin Okimoto tied the game with her three run shot. This chased Ebow from the game as Dartmouth brought Ethridge back into the circle for her fourth appearance of the weekend.
A scoreless fifth gave way to the sixth when Martinelli was the hero again for the Big Green. With runners on first and second, Martinelli hit a base hit to right-center, plating Chaw and Almer for her fifth and sixth RBI’s of the game.
Brown put two runners on in the top of the seventh to try and extend the game, but Ethridge was able to settle in and slam the door on the Bears to complete the four-game series sweep.
Dartmouth returns to action next weekend when the Big Green travel to Yale for a four-game North Division series. All four games can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers.