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Softball Travels to James Madison Tournament This Weekend

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team will look for its first win of the season, as they head to the James Madison Tournament this weekend in Harrisonburg, Va.  

Due to cold weather in the Mid-Atlantic, Friday’s games against Kent State has been cancelled.  The originally scheduled 3 pm meeting with James Madison is weather pending, and a decision will be made early Friday morning.  On Saturday, the team will meet Penn State at noon and then a game under the lights against Fairfield at 6:30. Sunday’s schedule will be determined on Friday as well.  

Freshman Karen Chaw was named the first Ivy League Rookie of the Week of 2014, after hitting .333 down at the Florida International Tournament. Chaw finished the five-game weekend going 5-for-15 with a home run and three RBI. She hit safely in four of the five contests and knocked a two-run homer against Florida International on the second day of competition.

Junior Kristen Rumley suffered three losses in the Sunshine State, but looks to fair better in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Dartmouth ace stuck out 17 batters in 18 innings and finished with a 3.50 earned run average.

Sophomore Kelsey Miller led the team with six hits and a .353 batting average. The Big Green corner infielder picked up a pair of doubles and had two RBI.

Freshman first baseman Maddie Damore also had a pair of doubles and sophomore Katie McEachern tripled against North Florida.

Kent State enters with a 6-4 record after playing at the Mizuno Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., and FAU Invitational last weekend.  The Golden Flashes faced two top-10 opponents in Boca Raton, Fla., dropping both to #5/7 Michigan, 7-1 and 1-0 (9 innings), but knocking off #6/5 Kentucky 3-0.  Maddy Grimm leads her squad with 12 RBI in 10 games with two triples and a home run.  Emma Johnson is 4-2 in six appearances with a 2.26 ERA in 34.0 innings.

James Madison is 8-7 with three tournaments under its belt so far. The Monarchs have faced four ranked teams and have a  2-3 record. At the Red and Black Showcase, JMU fell to host #23/21 Georgia, 8-2 and 2-0. At the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., JMU defeated #20/22 UL Lafayette, 3-0 and RV/NR DePaul, 3-1. The other loss in Florida was to RV/RV South Florida, 3-0.  Erica Field leads the team with nine RBI with five extra base hits and a .277 batting average. Jailyn Ford has started nine games and is 5-3 with a 1.34 ERA.

Fairfield is 1-3 and competed in the ESPN Citrus Classic with rainouts. The Stags only win was against Lamar, 2-1.  Sammy Ruffalo leads the team with nine hits while Kristen Fillicia and Sam Frungillo lead the team with three RBI. Rae Ball has the lone win of the season for the Stags.

Penn State is 5-9 and entering its fourth tournament of the season. In five meetings with ranked opponents, the Nittany Lions are 1-4. PSU’s lone ranked victory was against #21 LSU, 6-5, at the Tiger Invitational hosted by LSU.  Lexi Knief has a team-high 17 hits with three extra base hits. Marlaina Laubach is 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA.