PRINCETON, N.J. - The Dartmouth softball team battled back from a 4-0 loss in the opening game of a doubleheader with two runs in the nightcap, but dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Princeton, 4-0 and 5-2, on Friday (March 30) afternoon. The doubleheader was the Ivy League opener for both teams.
In the first game, Dartmouth (7-10, 0-2 Ivy League) and Princeton both had some good pitching keeping the teams off the board early, but a Tiger rally in the sixth inning proved to be costly in the Tigers, 4-0 win.
The Big Green tallied the first hit of the game in the third inning, with two outs, freshman pitcher and Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) singled to left field but with a ground out the inning ended, leaving Rumley stranded.
Second baseman Hubert added another hit for the Big Green in the fourth inning, a single to center field but that was as much as Dartmouth could muster, going three up, three down in the fifth and sixth innings.
Princeton (5-16, 2-0 Ivy League) started its rally in the sixth inning. The Tigers used a leadoff single to open the inning and didn't look back. With a runner on base, Princeton used a bunt single to put a runner in scoring position and add another base runner.
Utilizing a sacrifice bunt, the Tigers were able to score a run on an RBI single down the right field line that scored the first Princeton run. With a walk and another single the Tigers added three more runs, pulling ahead 4-0, with two outs.
Dartmouth senior pitcher Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.) came in for Rumley in relief and collected the last out of the inning but not before Princeton tallied four runs on five hits.
Hicks tried to spark a Dartmouth rally in the top of the inning with a leadoff single to right field. With one out, Morgan Wharton (Binghamton) picked up the Big Green's ninth double of the season to right field, moving Hicks to third with just one out. The rally was cut short when Rhiannon Saucedo (Las Cruces, N.M.) struck out looking to end the game.
Rumley, Hicks, Hubert and Wharton tallied hits for the Big Green in the first contest while Rumley completed 5.2 innings of work allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Princeton used its late momentum from the first game to open the second game and took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run home run from Alex Peyton in the first inning.
Hubert tallied her second hit of the afternoon with a double to left field to give the Big Green a runner in the top of the second and with a walk from Princeton pitcher, Liza Kuhn, Dartmouth had two base runners, but a strikeout ended the threat and the inning.
Senior centerfielder Everett had a single to leadoff the third inning but that was all the hits for the inning as Dartmouth closed with a popup, strikeout and a fly out. The Tigers on the other hand, added a double in the top of the third prompting the Big Green to bring in Evan Gray (Edmond, Okla.).
The tide started to turn for Dartmouth in the sixth inning. Heading into the sixth inning trailing 5-0, Britta McOmber (Bothell, Wash.) was walked to open the inning and designated player Rumley was also walked in the next at bat, to give the Big Green two base runners with no outs.
Hicks added another double for the Big Green that moved Rumley to third and brought McOmber home, giving the Big Green its first run of the afternoon. Hubert kept the rally going with a single to shortstop.
Dartmouth kept the runs coming and with a fielder's choice from Gray, Rumley scored her first collegiate run and cut the Princeton lead to 5-2 with two outs. The Big Green got closer to home plate with double steals from Gray and Hubert but a popup ended the successful Dartmouth rally.
Gray put the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the inning paving the way for the Big Green to cut further into the lead and Everett did just that with a leadoff single. Curosh, who had been hitless all day, picked up her first hit of the day with a bunt single to move Everett to second base. McOmber kept the rally going and used a single to leftfield to load the bases with no outs.
Dartmouth threatened to tack another run on when Rumley reached on a fielders choice, each runner advanced but the Tigers gunned down Everett at home plate and the game ended when Hicks lined into a double play.
Barker took the loss after pitching 2.0 innings of work allowing four runs on five hits with one strikeout. Gray, who threw 4.0 innings of relieve added two strikeouts and allowed just one run on one hit.
Dartmouth closes the first weekend of Ivy League play with a doubleheader against Cornell on Saturday (March 31). First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Dartmouth vs. Princeton (Game 1)
Princeton 4, Dartmouth 0 (Mar 30, 2012 at Princeton, N.J.) (Game 1)
Dartmouth 000 000
0 - 0
4 0 (7-9, 0-1 Ivy)
Princeton 000 004 X - 4 7 1 (4-16, 1-0 Ivy)
Princeton (Game 2)
Princeton 5, Dartmouth 2 (Mar 30, 2012 at Princeton, N.J.) (Game 2)
Dartmouth 000 002
0 - 2
7 0 (7-10, 0-2 Ivy)
Princeton 212 000 X - 5 10 0 (5-16, 2-0 Ivy)
Pitchers: Dartmouth - Barker, Hillary; Gray, Evan(3) and Adams,
Katie. Princeton - Kuhn and Worden
Win-Kuhn(2-6) Loss-Barker, Hillary(2-4) T-1:38 A-75
HR PRIN - Peyton (4).
Barker faced 1 batter in the 3rd.