Rumley and McEachern Earn Pitcher and Rookie of the Year Honors
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Dartmouth softball team took two of the three Ivy League honors with Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) winning Pitcher and Rookie of the Year accolades it was announced by the conference on Thursday (May 16).
The Big Green had five players earn All-Ivy League honors spearheaded by three first-team selections in Rumley, McEachern and Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.). Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.) was a second-team selection while Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) earned honorable mention accolades. The three first-team selections are the most in program history.
Dartmouth’s five All-Ivy selections are the most since 2009 when the Big Green had six players earn league honors. In addition, this marks the second time in program history Dartmouth has won at least two of the major awards. It last happened during the 2000 season when the Big Green also won Pitcher and Rookie of the Year honors.
Rumley, one of six unanimous first-team selections, picks up her second consecutive All-Ivy honor and her first Pitcher of the Year honor. This season the sophomore took her game to new heights both in the circle and at the plate. In 37 appearances, the southpaw went 22-9, tying the single-season wins record and setting several new marks. She became the Big Green’s single-season strikeout leader with 185 Ks in 2013 and also set the single-game record for strikeouts with 15 strikeouts in a 4-3 extra innings win over Elon on March 23. Her 1.74 ERA lead the Ivy League, as did her 185 strikeouts.
The league's only 20-game winner so far this year, Rumley recorded a 22-9 mark in her League-high 37 appearances (tied for third-most in League history). Her 22 wins are tied for fifth-most in a season in League history. She had a 1.74 ERA in 197-1/3 innings of work, both League bests. And when you factor in the number of innings she threw, it becomes even more impressive that she allowed just 29 walks on the season while striking out a League-high 185. Rumley already holds Dartmouth's career strikeouts record with 336 in her first two seasons.
During Ivy play, Rumley went 12-3 with a 1.65 ERA, hurling four shutouts. In 93-1/3 innings of work inside the League, she walked just nine batters while striking out 80 and held the opposition to a .180 batting average. Rumley helped her own cause at the plate, as well as serving as the team's designated player on a part-time basis. She is fifth in the batting standings, currently with a .362 average, scoring 27 runs and driving in 17. In League play, Rumley hit .418.
The Texas native was also a stalwart for the Big Green at the plate. She hit .362 in 152 at bats, which was good enough for third best on the team. Rumley ranked second on the team in runs (27) and hits (55), while ranking third in total bases with 68.
McEachern becomes Dartmouth’s first Rookie of the Year since senior captain Hubert in 2010. In her freshman season, the California native hit .331 in 145 plate appearances and led the team in runs (28), RBI (38) and home runs (10). Her 38 RBI and 10 home runs are both single-season records. McEachern also became the first player in Dartmouth and Ivy League history to hit for the cycle. She completed the historic feat in an 8-7 win over Iowa State on March 22 at the Florida Atlantic Parent’s Weekend Tournament. She twice earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.
Hubert earns her third All-Ivy selection in 2013 after earning first-team and second- team honors during her freshman and sophomore seasons. The two-time first team captain had a fantastic finish to her Dartmouth career The senior hit a team-best .381 and led the Big Green in hits with 59, which is a new single-season record. For her efforts she earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors on April 23. In the Big Green’s 4-0 series sweep of Yale, Hubert nailed two crucial home runs, becoming one of just seven players in program history to hit two home runs in a single game.
Sophomore Averitt has been a key part of the Big Green outfield this season. For the season, Averitt hit .262 with 16 hits and 14 runs. The slapper was very good at moving her teammates on the bases and led the team with five sacrifice hits. In league action, Averitt’s batting average jumped to .355 and she was perfect from her perch in center field.
Rookie McCalmon had a great freshman campaign. In the circle, she posted a 4.98 ERA in 21 appearances with 10 starts. IN 90.6 innings pitched she allowed 71 runs on 107 hits while tossing 86 strikeouts. At the plate, McCalmon hits .274 with 40 hits and 16 RBI. She also nailed five round trippers, which was second-best on the team. She earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors April 30 after tossing a career-best 10 strikeouts to lead Dartmouth to the North Division title.
Dartmouth closed the 2013 season with a 26-20, 15-5 Ivy League record and its second North Division title. The Big Green tied the record for consecutive wins with eight and also for consecutive Ivy League wins with eight. Additionally, Dartmouth set new single-season records for batting average (.292), triples (16), home runs (33) and RBI (198).