FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Dartmouth softball team ended its time at the Razorback Invitational on a high note, taking down Central Connecticut State in swift fashion, 7-2.
With the win the Big Green move to 2-8 while the Blue Devils fall to 3-7.
Dartmouth got on the board early, when sophomore Micah Schroder scored as Morgan Martinelli flied out, taking a 1-0 lead. The second and third innings moved quickly with neither team scoring, but CCSU started heating up in the top of the fourth.
With a runner on second, sophomore Giuliana Hathaway singled to center field, batting in the runner on second, Kristen Ulmer came in to pinch run for Hathaway and scored on a single by Kaitlin Paterson, taking a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
The Big Green were unable to score through the fourth and fifth innings, before their bats came to life in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman McKenna Gray led off with her first collegiate homerun, and junior Taylor Ward followed suit hitting one of her own and taking back the lead 3-2 with no outs.
Next up was Claire Bird who hit a double to center field, before Delaney Marshall was hit by a pitch. With runners on first and second, freshman Schae Nelson hit her first collegiate home run and three-run homer all in one. Dartmouth had the lead 6-2 with still no outs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Big Green were not finished yet, as Gray hit a double with runners on first and second, batting in Schroder for her second run of the day and taking a 7-2 lead.
A quick 1-2-3 inning for the Blue Devils in the top of the seventh secured the win, as Dartmouth swept CCSU in the tournament and finished out strong.
Senior Breanna Ethridge got the start in the circle, pitching 3.2 innings and helping hold CCSU scoreless through the first three innings. Ethridge allowed four hits and walked two while striking out four and making two errors in 17 batters faced. Freshman Shelby Wilkison came in to relieve Ethridge in the top of the fourth and took the win after tossing 3.1 innings, striking out four and no hits in 10 batters faced.
The Big Green return to the field on March 17 in Houston, Texas for the 2018 Houston Tournament.