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Softball Puts Win Streak On The Line At Yale

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The Big Green put their four-game win streak on the line against Yale in a North Division...     By Mark Washburn

Sat., April 20     vs. Yale (New Haven, Conn.) (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 21    vs. Yale (New Haven, Conn.) (DH), 12:30 p.m.

The Dartmouth softball team (18-17) takes its four-game winning streak to Yale for a crucial North Division series April 21-22. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m. both days at Yale’s DeWitt Family Field.

Dartmouth Game Schedule
Saturday, April 20 – vs. Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)      Audio     Livestats (Gm 2)    Audio

Sunday, April 21 – vs. Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)       Audio   Livestats (Gm 2)    Audio

Sweep of Brown Keeps Big Green on Top of North Division –
Dartmouth used a four-game sweep of Brown to maintain its place atop the North Division standings. The Big Green and Crimson are on a collision course for a first-place showdown April 27-28. The Crimson also have an 8-4 Ivy League record after sweeping Yale over the weekend. Dartmouth is looking for its first North Division title since 2009. Dartmouth hasn’t finished lower than second in the Division since the Ivy League went to divisional play in 2007. 

Rumley Racks Up Weekly Accolades –Pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) swept the Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors after going 4-0 in a sweep of Brown. The southpaw allowed just six hits and combined for three one-hit games against the Bears. In 25.0 innings she struck out 19 and allowed just one earned run. Additionally, she starred from the plate, going 7-of-13 with four walks. She also hit her first collegiate home run and scored six runs.  Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) was named to the honor roll after going 7-of-12 with two runs and three RBI. 

Get Out the BroomsDartmouth’s sweep of Brown was the first four-game sweep since the 2010 season. In 2010 Dartmouth took four from Yale here in Hanover. This is the first in the tenure of head coach Rachel Hanson.

Rumley Stars In The Circle Southpaw Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) continues to re-write the softball record books. With her 19 strikeouts over the weekend she moved into the No. 2 spot on Dartmouth’s all-time strikeout list and is poised to become one of only two players to fan at least 300 batters. Additionally, she picked up her 17th win of the season and her 23rd career win, which places her fifth on the all-time wins list.

Dzienkowski Continues to Impress – She may be small in stature but rookie Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) has been playing big from the plate.  Over the weekend, she led the team batting .583 (7-of-12) with three RBIs and two runs and a double. She is currently on a four-game hitting streak and has a hit in seven of Dartmouth’s last eight games.

Lohmann With The Big BatBrianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.) has a knack for the timely hit and her statistics show it. Last week, she drove in a team-best nine RBIs with a double and a triple. Prior to last week, Lohmann only had five RBIs. For the season, Lohmann ranks fourth on the team with 14 RBIs. Coincidentally, she has also been walked a team-best 16 times. 

In the RankingsKristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) is making some noise on the national stage and is currently ranked No. 19 in walks per seven innings with 1.15 and is No. 30 in ERA (1.53). Her 17 victories also rank her No. 40 nationally. A pair of rookies are also appearing in the national rankings. Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) is ranked No. 50 in toughest to strikeout and is tied with teammate Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) in triples with three. The Big Green as a team are also ranked in several categories. Dartmouth is No. 9 in triples per game (0.34) and No. 56 in fielding percentage (0.966).

Dartmouth ConnectionYale head coach Jen Goodwin is very familiar with Dartmouth. The Yale skipper served as Dartmouth’s interim head coach in 2004 leading the Big Green to 17 wins and a school record in home runs that season. She also spent time as the Big Green Director of Basketball Operations.

StrikeOut Cancer Game On the Horizon – Dartmouth’s final non-conference doubleheader against Albany (April 24) will serve as Dartmouth’s second annual “Strikeout Cancer” game. The Big Green players and staff will don pink uniforms and fans will be able to get a haircut and donate to “Locks of Love” at the game. If you are interested in donating your hair please contact assistant coach Ali Hart ( or 603-646-0180).

Rookies Are No Longer Rookies – In the world of coaching, the best thing about freshman is that they become sophomores but for the Dartmouth softball team their rookies aren’t playing like rookies. Three of Dartmouth’s top six hitters are rookies and freshman Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) is leading the way batting .379.  Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) leads the team in RBIs (24), Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) leads the team in doubles and triples with 10 and three, respectively. We sure are glad that these rookies are on our team!

Big Green on a RollThe Big Green have won their last four games, marking the first time since the 2010 season. Dartmouth is already sitting at 18 wins this season which marks the most wins for the Big Green since the 2009 season, when the Big Green went 23-23 and reached the Ivy League Championship Series by winning the North Division. The 18 wins are the most in the Rachel Hanson era.

Streakin’ – Dartmouth’s bats have been quite strong this season. Rookie Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) enters the week on a four-game hitting streak while Alex St. Romain (Chatham, N.J.) has hits in five of the last six games. Pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) is also getting in on the action and has hits in seven of the last nine games including going 3-of-3 against Boston College.

Home Runs – The Big Green have definitely been hitting the long ball this season. On the season, the Big Green have 21 round trippers and have belted one home run in two of its last four games. For comparison sake, the Big Green only hit 12 home runs all of last season. Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and Alex St. Romain (Chatham, N.J.) belted their first bombs of the season and Rumley’s was her first collegiate home run.  

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
– Yale enters the week with a 8-26, 3-9 Ivy League record after dropping four games to North Division rival, Harvard over the weekend. The Bulldogs will play a twinbill with Sacred Heart on Wednesday before hosting the Big Green. Sarah Onorato is the focal point of the Yale offense as she is batting a team-best .432 and has already broken Yale’s single-season home run record with a team-best 11 homers. She has a .492 on base percentage and a .874 slugging percentage. For comparison, Onorato has 48 hits and the next closest player is Christy Nelson with 26, nearly half of what Onorato has. In the circle, Chelsey Dunham, Rhydian Glass and Kristen Leung have seen the most time. Dunham has a 4.87 ERA in 18 appearances. In 96.1 innings pitched she has fanned 42 batters. Glass is 1-10 and has a 5.13 ERA with 20 strikeouts. Yale head coach Jen Goodwin is in her first season and she is assisted by former head coach Barb Reinalda.  

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
Wed., April 24 –vs. Albany (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Sat., April 27- vs. Harvard (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Sun, April 28- at Harvard (DH), 2:00 p.m.