KENNESAW, Ga. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to Kennesaw State, 9-5 in the second day of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Memorial Tournament on Saturday evening.
With the the loss, the Big Green fall to 0-7-1, while the Owls improve to 12-5.
Kennesaw State struck early, scoring six runs in its first trip to the dish. Taylor Denton led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. The next at bat, Denton scored when Olivia Tamewitz homered to right field for the quick 3-0 lead.
After a walk by Courtney Sutter, Noelle Winkles homered to right-center for the second two-run blast of the inning. A few batters later, Jessie Mullen went yard with a homer to right with a runner on second. After the home run, Breanna Ethridge came into pitch for Morgan Ebow and managed to get Dartmouth out of the inning without allowing any more damage.
The Big Green would get three of those runs back in the top of the second. Maddie Damore led off with a walk and advanced to third on Chloe Madill’s double. With one out, Lourlin Lara reached on a fielder’s choice, platting Damore to cut into the Owl’s large lead. Calista Almer followed with a two-RBI double to center field, bringing Dartmouth within three runs.
Kennesaw State responded in the bottom half of the inning when Winlkes hit an RBI single, advancing to second on the throw. After a popup to the shortstop, Chandler Griffin scored a pair with a two-RBI single, putting the Owls back up by six runs.
In the top of third, the Big Green began to chip away at Kennesaw State’s advantage when Morgan Martinelli led off with a double down the left field line. With two outs, Martinelli eventually crossed home when Claire Bird smacked a double to left-center field.
A scoreless fourth and fifth gave way to the sixth when Dartmouth got another run back. Madill reached first on a fielding error, as Jade Bravo came on to pinch run. Bravo advanced to second and then third on back-to-back ground outs, which brought Almer to the dish. The Pollock Pines, California native singled up the middle, scoring Bravo to cut the deficit to four runs.
The Big Green had one more chance in the top of the seventh to extend the ball game but could not put a runner on to spark a comeback.
Dartmouth returns to action tomorrow morning when the Big Green conclude their Georgia trip by taking on Akron at 8:30 a.m.