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Softball Opens 2013 Home Slate with Cornell, Princeton

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The Big Green open the 2013 home slate this weekend and will play their next 10 games at...     By Jason Roberts/Envision

Fri., April 5- vs. Cornell (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH) 2:00 p.m.
Sat., April 6- vs. Princeton (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH), 12:30 p.m.

The Dartmouth softball team (12-14) opens the 2013 home slate against South Division powerhouse, Cornell, on Friday. The Big Green and Big Red will play a doubleheader with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Dartmouth will close the weekend with a twinbill against Princeton on Saturday, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Dartmouth Game Schedule
Friday, April 5 – vs. Cornell (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)           Livestats (Gm2)     Live Video

Saturday, April 6 – vs. Princeton (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)           Livestats (Gm2)     Live Video

Home Opener On Tap –
After spending the last two months on the road the Dartmouth softball team is set to open the 2013 home slate when it welcomes South Division member, Cornell to the Dartmouth Softball Park on Friday. The Big Green are looking for their fifth consecutive home-opening win. Last season, the Big Green earned a split with Penn in the first home weekend after earning sweeps the previous three seasons. This will be Cornell and Princeton’s first trip to the new Dartmouth Softball Park.  

Big Green Open Ivy Play with 2-2 Record – Dartmouth opened the Ivy League slate in earnest over the weekend, splitting doubleheaders with Columbia and Penn. The Big Green picked up their third Ivy League opening-win in the last four seasons. Dartmouth hasn’t opened the Ivy League slate with a sweep since the 2010 season when they swept Columbia. 

Another Game, Another Extra Inning – The Big Green have really taken extra innings to a new level this season. Dartmouth played its fifth extra inning game of the season in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday. Dartmouth hasn’t played five extra inning games in one season in the last eight seasons but played four extra inning games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

McEachern Likes the Long Ball – Rookie Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) has showcased her hitting prowess time and time again and it was on display over the weekend. The freshman nailed two bombs against Columbia and added one more against Penn for a three home-run weekend. McEachern leads the team with five home runs while teammate Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) has four homers on the year.

Big Green Seem To Turn It Up in the Fifth Inning – Although Dartmouth opponents have scored 101 runs to the Big Green’s 92 runs this season, the Big Green have owned the fifth inning, putting up 19 runs in the fifth while holding opponents to just nine runs. Dartmouth also brings the bats late in the game, scoring a combined 26 runs in the sixth and seven innings. Additionally, if the Big Green can put between 3-5 runs on the board they have an 8-4 record and are 9-2 when they hold opponents to 0-2 runs. Talk about strategy!

It’s Miller Time – Rookie Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) had a terrific week at the plate. She was 9-of-16 with nine hits and five runs with two doubles. The rookie is currently on a four-game hitting streak and has hits in four of the last five Dartmouth outings.

McCalmon Settling InFreshman pitcher Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) is learning the ropes.  For the week the Oklahoma native went 0-1 but threw 13.0 innings of work with 13 strikeouts including six against both Columbia and Penn, just two shy of her career-high eight she posted against Florida Gulf Coast.

Rums Maintaining Her PositionSophomore Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) went 2-2 last week picking up wins over Columbia and Penn. She now has 11 wins this season and 101 strikeouts giving her 252 for her career and moving her into fourth on the Big Green’s all-time strikeout list.

Streakin’Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) enters this week with hits in 16 of Dartmouth’s last 19 games. She had her eight game hitting streak snapped in the first game of the Sacred Heart doubleheader but she rebounded with hits in the next three games.

Welcome to the Team – Dartmouth welcomes a six-member freshman class this season. The Big Green rookies hail from all over the country, with two players coming from the Texas. Donning the Green and White for the first time are: Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas), Alex Jarvis (Tustin, Calif.), Brianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.), Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.), Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas). Welcome aboard!

Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Hart - Assistant coach Ali Hart joins the Dartmouth softball staff this season. Hart hails from Atlanta, Ga., and was an All-American at Williams College where she graduated in 2012.

A Look at the Competition
– Cornell enters Friday’s doubleheader with a 12-14 record after sweeping both ends of a doubleheader from Brown. The Big Red dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Yale on Saturday. Christina Villalon leads the offense batting .405 (30-of-74) and is the lone player hitting better than .400. Erin Belles is hitting .397 and has a team-best .724 slugging percentage. Villalon leads the squad with 30 hits and 20 RBI, while Belles has a team-high five home runs. Three pitchers have seen time for the Big Red. Alyson Onyon has a 3.04 ERA and has a 9-7 record. In 110.2 innings, she has scattered 107 hits and thrown 84 strikeouts but has also given up 10 home runs. Sammy Roth and Meg Parker have also seen time. Roth has pitched 37 innings and has a 6.24 ERA with 25 strikeouts while Parker has a 1-4 record in 35.2 innings and 14 strikeouts. The teams have common opponents in Stetson, Bethune-Cookman, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris and Rutgers. Both teams will also face Boston College.

Princeton-The Tigers will take on Villanova in a single game on Tuesday before taking on Ivy foe, Harvard on Friday and closing the weekend at Dartmouth. The Tigers enter the weekend with a 17-9 record after splitting with Yale on Sunday. Prior to the loss to Yale, Princeton had won nine consecutive games. Alyssa Schmidt leads the offense and is batting .446 (29-of-65) in 18 games. She is joined by Emily Viggers (.429) and Kayla Bose (.417) as players hitting better than .400. Lizzy Pierce leads the way with 20 runs while Schmidt and Alex Peyton have 29 hits.  Peyton also has a team-best 24 RBI. In the circle. Peyton leads the way with a 1.93 ERA and a 5-3 record. Shanna Christian has a 1.95 ERA and has only allowed eight earned runs. Liza Kuhn leads the staff with 51 strikeouts.

Captain, My Captain – Senior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the Dartmouth softball squad for the second consecutive season.

Skipper Hanson Back for Third Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her third season as head of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson has a 31-47 record in her two years at Dartmouth and has led the Big Green to back-to-back second place finishes in the North Division. Assistant coach Lindsay Vanover returns for her third season while Ali Hart is entering her first season on staff.

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Up Next
Wed., April 10
– BOSTON COLLEGE (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Sat., April 13 –BROWN (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 14- BROWN (DH), 12:30 p.m.