DELAND, Fla. - The Big Green rebounded from two losses to close the South Florida Invitational for a doubleheader sweep of Stetson on Wednesday (March 21) night. Dartmouth took the first game, 1-0, and earned the sweep with a, 6-1, win in the nightcap. The shutout marked the second of the season for Dartmouth.
"We played a great ball game in every facet," said head coach Rachel Hanson. We had good defense, good offense and great pitching in both games."
Dartmouth (6-5) combined for 19 hits on the day against the Hatters with 11 of those hits coming in the second game. The doubleheader win marked the fourth and fifth wins for the Big Green during their 10-game tour of Florida.
The first game of the day proved to be a pitchers duel with the Big Green coming out on the right end of a game that was dominated by the pitchers and defensive plays.
Both teams went 1-2-3 in the first inning but Dartmouth was able to get runners on base in the second inning. Junior Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) reached after being hit by a pitch. She moved to second on a wild pitch and then moved to third on a Stetson (13-10) error. It looked as if she might score the first run of the game but Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) ground out to the pitcher to end the inning, leaving two Dartmouth runners stranded.
Leadoff hitter, Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) got the first hit of the game with a single in the third inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Britta McOmber (Bothell, Wash.) but Dartmouth couldn't get anything going with a popup to end the threat.
Senior pitcher Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.) and Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) combined to throw a gem of a game. Barker pitched 4.1 innings of work allowing no runs with one strikeout. Rumley, who came in during the fifth inning, allowed no hits and no runs and fanned four batters for her first career save.
"Hillary had a great start," said Hanson. "She did a great job and Kristen did a good job in relief picking up the save."
Stetson threatened to score in the bottom of the fourth. With a double from Meredith Owen to open the inning, the Hatters loaded the bases with a walk and a error with just one out. Owens looked to be rounding home for the first score of the game, but was out at home, thanks to the quick reflexes of third baseman McOmber, keeping the score at 0-0.
The Big Green ended the stalemate with a run in the fifth inning. Leftfielder Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.) opened the inning with a single to the pitcher before using her wheels to steal second base. Curosh tallied her second hit of the game with a single through the left side, which advanced Averitt to third. She came home on the next play with a single from McOmber to give Dartmouth the 1-0 edge
Stetson tried to tie it up in the bottom of the inning with three hits to load the bases with just one out but Rumley brought the heat with two strikeouts to end inning and keep the Hatters off the board.
The Big Green kept things going in the second game with five runs in the first two innings, jumping ahead 5-0, and never looked back.
Curosh, who started a new hitting streak and has hits in each of Dartmouth's last two games, opened the inning with a bunt single and then reached second on a error. With two outs, Hubert nailed a two-RBI double to center field that set the tone for the game. The Big Green tacked on another run on an RBI single from Rumley that sent Curosh around the bases.
Alex St. Romain (Chatham, N.J.) kept the hits coming in the second inning with a single to left field to opening the inning. Jonele Conceicao (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) added a single to first base in the next at bat and a RBI sacrifice sent Romain around the bases. Conceicao added another run on a Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) RBI single. Dartmouth combined for five hits in the first two innings and had hits in each inning of the game.
Rumley kept the Hatters at bay and pitched 6.0 innings of work. She fanned six batters and allowed just one run. Not only did Rumley showcase her pitching skills but she was also 4-of-4 from the plate with a RBI to lead the Big Green. For the afternoon, she was 5-of-5 from the plate.
Junior pitcher Evan Gray (Edmond, Okla.) came in to close out the game and allowed just one hit to go with one strikeout.
The Hatters avoided a second consecutive shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Big Green will be back on the diamond tomorrow when they take on North Texas and Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. The game with North Texas is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with the Florida Gulf Coast game set for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Dartmouth vs. Stetson (Game One)
Dartmouth 1, Stetson 0 (Mar 21, 2012 at DeLand, Fla.) (Game 1)
Dartmouth 000 010 0
8 2 (5-5)
Stetson 000 000 0 - 0 5 2 (13-9)
Dartmouth - Barker,Hillary; Rumley,Kristen(5) and . Stetson - BRANDT
Win-Barker,Hillary(2-2) Save-Rumley,Kristen(1) Loss-BRANDT(6-4) T-2:11 A-242
Dartmouth vs. Stetson
Dartmouth 6, Stetson 1 (Mar 21, 2012 at DeLand, Fla.) (Game 2)
Dartmouth 320 001 0
- 6 11
Stetson 000 001 0 - 1 4 3 (13-10)
Dartmouth - Rumley,Kristen; Gray,Evan(7) and . Stetson - OWEN and
Win-Rumley,Kristen(2-2) Loss-OWEN(7-6) T-1:59 A-242