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Kennesaw State Tournament

Friday, March 3 vs. UAB – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, March 3 at Kennesaw State – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at Kennesaw State – 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 vs. Akron – 8:30 a.m.

THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth softball team returns to the south for its second tournament of 2017 when the Big Green compete in the Kennesaw State Tournament in Kennesaw, Georgia.

SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
UAB heads into this weekend with a 4-10 mark on the season thus far. Recently the Blazers went 3-3 in the Samford/UAB Tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama. In that tournament, with the exception of a 7-0 loss to Indiana, UAB lost its other two games by 2 runs or less. Starting all 14 games this season, Joanna Fallen leads the team with 12 hits and two home runs. Madison Millsaps has also been solid at the dish with 11 hits and team-high batting average of .289. In the circle, Megan Smith leads her team with two wins and currently has a team-best 2.03 ERA.

SCOUTING THE OWLS
The host school, Kennesaw State is off to a 10-4 start to its 2017 campaign, having recently won 3-of-5 games in the Interstate 75 Challenge. Prior to that, the Owls went undefeated in the UTC Tournament, allowing just three runs in four games. Courtney Sutter leads Kennesaw State and the Atlantic Sun conference with seven home runs and is second with 18 RBIs. Olivia Tamewitz is also dangerous at the plate with a conference-best .525 batting average in 40 at-bats.

SCOUTING THE ZIPS
Akron is 7-7 prior to this weekend’s tournament in the Peach State. The Zips have won six of their last eight games and are coming off a six-inning, 9-1 win over Jacksonville in the Dolphin Invitational. Ashley Simms leads Akron in four batting categories including, at-bats (45), runs (16), hits (19) and batting average (.422). Lexie Handley is the top hurler in the circle for Akron with a 6-3 record and team-best 3.72 ERA.

WHAT A DEBUT
Micah Schroder captured Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this week after a solid performance in her first softball tournament of her college career. Appearing in three games, Schroder batted .429, going 3-for-7 at the plate. On Feb. 25 against Mississippi Valley State, in the second inning Schroder hit her first career home run, which was a two-run blast to center field. On Sunday against the ACC’s Maryland, the Houston, Texas native hit a two RBI single for Dartmouth’s first runs of the afternoon. Schroder also recorded her first career stolen base in the contest with the Terps.

S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C
All three members of the Dartmouth coaching staff have ties to the Southeastern Conference. Shannon Doepking played four seasons at Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols to an impressive 246-46 (.842) record from 2005-08, she also played in three consecutive Women’s College World Series from 2005-07. Returning for her third season in Hanover is Molly Fichtner who graduated from Alabama in 2014. As a catcher for the Crimson Tide, Fichtner appeared in 102 games, starting 88. As a senior Fichtner reached the Women’s College World Series and was named to the All-SEC Second Team. Joining the staff this year is Jackie Traina, who also is an Alabama graduate and former teammate of Fichtner. In 2012, Traina helped the Crimson Tide win its first National Championship, earning Women’s College World Series MVP honors. Traina was also a member of the USA National Team in 2012, 2014 and 2015, where she won a gold medal at the World Cup of Softball in 2015.

ILDN
All of Dartmouth’s home games in 2017 will be broadcast live in high definition on the Ivy League Digital Network with Brett Franklin on the call. Fans can sign up for the conference’s video streaming and on-demand content to follow the Big Green all spring. Ivy League road games (when available) will also be broadcast.

FOLLOW ALONG
Can’t make it to the games? DartmouthSports.com will provide live stats for those looking to follow along during the contests.

LOOKING AHEAD
After a week off, the Big Green return to action on March 17 for the LMU Tournament in Los Angeles, California.