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Softball Takes on Sacred Heart and Jumps Into Ivy League Action

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Dartmouth takes on Sacred Heart in non-conference action before opening Ivy League play on...     By Mark Washburn

Tue., March 26- at Sacred Heart (Fairfield, Conn.) (DH) 3:00 p.m.
Fri., March 29- at Columbia (New York, N.Y.) (DH) 2:00 p.m.
Sat., March 30- at Penn (Philadelphia, Pa.) (DH), 4:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth softball team (10-10) closes it nearly two-month long season-opening road trip, when it travels to Fairfield, Conn., for a non-conference doubleheader with Sacred Heart on Tuesday. The Big Green then jump into Ivy League action with twinbills at Columbia and Penn on Friday (March 29) and Saturday (March 30).

Dartmouth Game Schedule
Tuesday, March 26  - at Sacred Heart (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)           Livestats (Gm2)    

Friday, March 29 – at Columbia (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)           Livestats (Gm2)    

Saturday, March 30 – at Penn (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)           Livestats (Gm2)

Back in the Northeast –
After spending a week and a half in the sunshine in Florida, the Dartmouth softball team is back in the Northeast after a successful spring break trip. The Big Green went 3-2 at the USF Invitational highlighted by three shutouts, including a 4-0 win over Maryland. The Big Green dropped non-conference matchups to Rutgers and Florida Gulf Coast and closed the trip with a 2-3 record at the FAU Tournament.

Extra Innings Becoming the NormThe Dartmouth softball team is taking extra innings to another level. This season, the Big Green have played in four extra inning games including three in the last week. The Big Green went nine innings in a 4-3 win over Elon and went nine innings in a loss to FAU. Dartmouth also went eight innings in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast. In all, Dartmouth is 1-3 in extra inning games. Last season, the Big Green played in one extra inning game, going 1-0.

Rumley Sets Strikeout RecordSophomore southpaw Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) has been nearing the single-game strikeout record since she stepped into the circle as a freshman and against Elon she set a new Dartmouth mark. She threw a single-game record 15 strikeouts in the nine-inning affair besting the previous record by two strikeouts. It was her second game with double-digit strikes this season. She has 237 career strikeouts which ranks No. 5 on Dartmouth’s all-time list. 

McEachern Hits for the CycleDartmouth rookie Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) made a little history of her own over the weekend. The right fielder became the first known Dartmouth softball player to hit for the cycle in an 8-7 win over Iowa State. The California native singled in the first inning, hit a home run in the third inning, doubled in the fifth and capped it off with a triple in the seventh inning. McEachern is also believed to be the first Ivy League freshman to accomplish the feat.

Rookies Bringing The BatsKatie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) had a field day from the plate last week. She hit .522 (12-of-23) with two doubles, one triple and one home run. She also had four RBI. Add that to hitting for the cycle and I’d say McEachern is on FIRE.

Rums Keeps on Keeping On Sophomore Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) continues to impress in the circle. Over the weekend she went 2-of-2 in five appearances and two complete games. The southpaw allowed just 13 runs on 26 hits and threw 35 strikeouts. She also picked up her ninth win of the season.

Jumping Into Ivy League ActionThis weekend’s games with Columbia and Penn mark the start of Ivy League action for the Big Green. Dartmouth, who dropped its Ivy opener to Princeton, last season, is looking to open the Ivy League slate strong. Prior to last season, the Big Green had won two of its last three Ivy League openers.

Streakin’Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) enters this week on an eight-game hitting streak and has a hit in 12 of the last 11 games. She is currently leading the Big Green offense batting .386 (22-of-57).

.300 and Above Club – Dartmouth has the advantage of having a fairly deep squad this season and it’s very evident as the Big Green have four players batting over .300 and three more players batting over .250. Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) leads the way hitting .386, followed by Morgan Wharton (Binghamton, N.Y.) at .381. Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.) is at .333 and Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) is at .303.

Welcome to the Team – Dartmouth welcomes a six-member freshman class this season. The Big Green rookies hail from all over the country, with two players coming from the Texas. Donning the Green and White for the first time are: Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas), Alex Jarvis (Tustin, Calif.), Brianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.), Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.), Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas). Welcome aboard!

Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Hart - Assistant coach Ali Hart joins the Dartmouth softball staff this season. Hart hails from Atlanta, Ga., and was an All-American at Williams College where she graduated in 2012.

A Look at the Competition
Sacred Heart
– Sacred Heart enters Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader with a12-9 record after falling to Connecticut, 1-0, in extra innings on Sunday. The loss to the Huskies snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Pioneers, who have won eight of their last nine games. Sacred Heart is in a stretch where they have eight consecutive home games and won’t hit the road until Apr. 6 for a double header at Central Connecticut State. Noelle Cahill leads the offense and is hitting .500. Nicole Sidor (.391), Kate Nadler (.339) and Kacie Wentworth (.309) are the only other Pioneers batting better than .300. Sidor leads the team with 27 hits and 17 runs. Sidor also stars in the circle and has a 7-5 record with one save while boasting a 0.90 ERA. The senior has also thrown 91 strikeouts. Kacie Wentworth has also seen time in the circle and has a 3.41 ERA. 

Columbia-The Lions enters Friday’s Ivy League opener with a 9-9 record after only playing one game at the Colorado State Invitational due to inclement weather. The Lions dropped an 8-0 contest to Marist in their lone game of the tournament. Columbia will take on Manhattan in doubleheader action on Tuesday. Emily Snodgrass is batting .352 to lead the Lions offense. She is one of seven players to start each game this season and is joined by Nicole Bouchard (.328) Emily Caruthers (.328) and Alix Cook (.300) as players hitting .300 or better. Snodgrass, Caruthers and Bouchard each have 19 hits while Snodgrass has a team-best 15 RBI and four home runs. Columbia has used five pitchers this season with Emily Kenyon getting the most time in the circle. She is 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA and a team-best 49 strikeouts. Brooke Darling has seen time in seven games with five complete games. She has 21 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.

Penn – The Quakers, who will take on LaSalle and Harvard before hosting the Big Green on Saturday, enter the week with a 10-10 record and on a six-game winning streak after taking both ends of a doubleheader from Holy Cross on Saturday. Penn has a perfect 6-0 record at home this season and has won three of those games in five innings. Samantha Erosa leads the offense, batting .341 (15-of-44) with 15 hits. Brooke Coloma is next batting .313 (15-of-48). Korrine Raby leads the squad with 14 RBI and a team-best five home runs. Alexis Borden stars in the circle and owns a 1.62 ERA with 69.0 innings of work under her belt. She has a team-best 75 strikeouts and has a 5-6 record with nine complete games. Lauren Li is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA and one save. She has pitched 25.0 innings and has eight strikeouts.  

Captain, My Captain – Senior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the Dartmouth softball squad for the second consecutive season.

Skipper Hanson Back for Third Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her third season as head of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson has a 31-47 record in her two years at Dartmouth and has led the Big Green to back-to-back second place finishes in the North Division. Assistant coach Lindsay Vanover returns for her third season while Ali Hart is entering her first season on staff.

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Up Next
Fri., April 5
– CORNELL (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Sat, April 6 –PRINCETON (DH), 12:30 p.m.