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Softball Travels to Albany, Hosts Yale in Ivy Series

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By Mark Washburn
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Dartmouth Softball
Wed., April 18 -
at Albany (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 21
- vs. Yale (DH) 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Apr 22
- vs. Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.

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The Dartmouth softball team closes out the road portion of the non-conference schedule when they head to Albany (N.Y.) for a doubleheader on Wednesday (April 18). The Big Green returns home to the Dartmouth Softball Park to host Yale in a North Division series Saturday- Sunday (April 21-22).

Non-Conference Game on Tap -
Dartmouth will play its final non-conference road game when it travels to Albany (N.Y.) to take on the Great Danes. The Big Green hasn't played a non-conference opponent since March 24 when they dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Boston College. The Big Green was scheduled to take on UMass in a single game but it was cancelled due to weather. Dartmouth will close the non-conference slate April 25 when they welcome Boston College to the Dartmouth Softball Park for a doubleheader.

North Division Action at the Dartmouth Softball Park - This weekend's four-game series with Yale marks Dartmouth's first home North Division games this season. The Big Green hosted Penn and Columbia April 6-7, but the Bulldogs will be the first divisional opponent at the new Dartmouth Softball Park. Dartmouth, currently sitting in third place in the North Division standings, has finished in the top two of the division in each of the last five seasons.

Home Sweet Home - Despite entering this weekend's home series with a 1-3 record, Dartmouth historically plays well on its home field. In Dartmouth's 17 seasons, the Big Green has a 115-100 home record including winning home records in each of the last three seasons. Dartmouth's best home record was in 2000 when they went a perfect 10-0.

Big Green in the Ivy League - The Big Green has posted at least .500 records in five of the last six seasons. Dartmouth had its best season in 2009 when they went 13-7 in Ivy League action; the most Ivy League wins in program history and clinched the North Division for the first time.

Barker Earn Spot on Ivy League Honor Roll- Senior pitcher/designated player Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.) earned a spot on the Ivy League honor roll this week for her efforts in Dartmouth's games against Brown. Barker hit .462 and had two home runs from the plate against the Bears. In the circle she went 1-1 pitching two complete games. She allowed seven runs on 16 hits and had five strikeouts.

Walk-Offs Doom Big Green against Brown - Dartmouth dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Brown in walk-off fashion on Sunday (April 15). Those two walk-off runs mark the first losses for the Big Green by walk-offs this season.

Rumley Moving up the Single-Season Strikeout List - Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) is making her mark on Dartmouth's single-season strikeout list. She currently has 95 strikeouts which ranks her No. 6 on the list. With 12 games left in the season, she probably won't reach Christine Quattroochi's record of 169 strikeouts set in 2000 but she could reach No. 2 Laura Mills' record of 110.  Rumley is the first pitcher to throw over 90 strikeotus since the 2005 season when Angela Megaw had 93.

Bombs Away - In the series against Brown the Big Green recorded five home runs over the course of the four-game series. Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.) led the way with two homers while Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.), Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) and Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) each added a single home run.

Streakin'  - Dartmouth's Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) and Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) each enter this week's games on hitting streaks. Ramirez is riding a five-game hitting streak while Curosh is on a four-game streak. Curosh has also posted an eight-game streak this season.

Streakin' Part Two - Not only does Ramirez have a hitting streak going on, but she also has reached base in 10 consecutive games, which leads the Big Green. Ramirez also has seven multiple hits games to her credit.

Big Green Pick Up Ivy League Doubleheader - Dartmouth picked up its first Ivy League doubleheader sweep against Brown on Saturday (April 14). Prior to that game, Dartmouth hadn't swept an Ivy League opponent. The Big Green split with Penn and were swept by Princeton, Columbia and Cornell. 

Not Only Can Rumley Pitch, She Can Hit - Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) demonstrated her versatility against Stetson (Mar. 21). Pitching the second game of the doubleheader, Rumley threw six strikeouts and allowed just one run. She was also 4-of-4 from the plate in the second game with an RBI. In both games against the Hatters, she was 5-of-5 from the plate, her first at bats of the season. She is the lone Big Green player to have four hits in a single game this season.

Road Warriors - It isn't uncommon for schools in the Northeast to spend long parts of the opening month of the season on the road and the Big Green are no exception. Dartmouth will play 22 games, over half of its schedule, on the road before opening the home schedule on April 6.  Additionally, the Big Green will take up residence in the Sunshine state in March. Dartmouth makes its third consecutive appearance and sixth appearance in the last eight seasons at the USF Invitational and will play six games in that tournament. Dartmouth also will take on the likes of Stetson, North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast in non-conference games. Not a bad way to spend spring break!

Rookies on Board - The Big Green welcome a six-member freshman class this season. The class features players from all over the country highlighted by two players from California. Joining the Dartmouth softball team are Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.), Mariah Claw (Chinle, Ariz.), Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.), Sawyer Hulbert (Foster City, Calif.), Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and Rhiannon Saucedo (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Thomason - Assistant coach Marie Thomason is the newest addition to the Dartmouth softball family, joining the team less than a month ago. Thomason comes to Hanover from Virginia where she held assistant coaching positions at Virginia Wesleyan and Norfolk State.

A Look at the Competition
- Albany enters Wednesday's doubleheader with a 26-10, 9-3 America East record after defeating Boston University 6-4 on Sunday (April 15). The Great Danes dropped the series 2-1 with the Terriers.  Albany is in the midst of a 12-gme homestand and owns a 7-2 record at their home field.  Charlise Castro leads the Albany offense batting .460. She is 46-of-100 from the plate with a team-best 11 home runs and a 36 RBI. The Great Danes have three other players batting over .300. Alexa Toole is batting .360 (31-of-86) while Taylor Franich and Vicky McFarland are hitting .341 and .316. In the circle, the Great Danes have two pitchers that have sub-2.00 ERAs. Brittany MacFawn leads the staff with a 1.74 ERA and a 13-4 record in 19 appearances. Brittany Schweiger owns a 1.84 ERA and has an 11-4 record in 15 appearances. Both pitchers have thrown over 100 strikeouts. MacFawn has a team-best 136 while Schweiger has 101 strikeouts.  The Big Green and Great Danes have several opponents in common. Both teams have played North Florida, Cornell and Hartford.

Yale - Yale enters the weekend with a 7-27, 1-11 Ivy League record after dropping four games to Harvard last weekend. The Bulldogs will take on Sacred Heart in a midweek doubleheader before making the trip to Hanover for the weekend series. Yale is in fourth place in the North Division just below the Big Green in the North Division standings and has dropped its last 14 games heading into its midweek matchup with Sacred Heart. Junior Jennifer Ong leads the Bulldog offense and is batting .345 with a team-best 39 hits and 16 RBIs. Meg Johnson and Christy Nelson are Yale's next leading batters, hitting .324 and .308, respectively. Johnson has Yale's lone home run of the season while Nelson has a team-best nine doubles. Yale has a young pitching staff that is led by sophomore Chelsey Dunham. In 106.2 innings she has 61 strikeouts and a 4.66 ERA. Kylie Williamson and Kristen Leung have also seen time in the circle, each posting one win.

Dartmouth Set to Open Dartmouth Softball Park in 2012 - Dartmouth Athletics will be opening the Dartmouth Softball Park this season. The $3.1 million project will include wrap around seating for 400 fans, sunken dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, press box, scoreboard and an artificial FieldTurf playing surface with superior drainage capacity. The team will use a locker room, training room and public restrooms that are already located within the Chase Field Complex. Take a look at Dartmouth's construction photo gallery here.

Captain, My Captain - Seniors Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.) and Molly Khalil (Seal Beach, Calif.) and junior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the 2012 softball squad this season.

Skipper Hanson Back for Second Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her second season as head skipper of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson posted a 17-22 record in her first season and coached the Big Green to within two games of the North Division title. Assistant coach Lindsay Foreman returns for her second season while Marie Thomason joins the staff this season.

Follow the Big Green Softball Team on Facebook - Make sure to keep up with the latest information Dartmouth softball team by "liking" their page on Facebook, you can find the page by searching Dartmouth College Softball.

Up Next
Wed., April 25
- vs. Boston College (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Sat., April 28
- at Harvard (DH), 2:00 p.m. (North Division)
Sun., April 29
- vs. Harvard (DH), 2:00 p.m. (North Division)