Softball Looks to Wrap Up North Division Title against Harvard
THIS WEEK IN DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL
Sat., April 27 vs. Harvard (Dartmouth Softball Park (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Sun., April 28 at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass.) (DH), 2:00 p.m.
The Dartmouth softball team (22-17) puts its eight-game winning streak on the line as it closes out the 2013 regular-season with a four-game, home-and-home series with Harvard this weekend. The Big Green and Crimson will square off in Hanover on Saturday before moving the series to Cambridge on Sunday. First pitch for both days is set for 2 p.m.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Big Green Battle For North Division Title – The Big Green will battle with rival Harvard this weekend for the 2013 North Division title and a chance to play in the Ivy League Championship series. Dartmouth needs to split the series against the Crimson to ensure themselves a spot in the championship series. The last time Dartmouth played for the Ivy League title was during the 2009 season. The Big Green are in search of their first Ivy League title and first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Keep the Awards Comin’- For the second consecutive week and the sixth time this season, Dartmouth players earned Ivy League accolades. Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) was named Ivy League Player of the Week and Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) picked up co-Ivy League Pitcher of the Week accolades. Hubert was on fire last week, batting .583 and nailing two home runs in the series opener against Yale. She also broke the single-season hits record and currently has 52 hits. Rumleywent 3-0 on the weekend with two shutouts. She also picked up her 300th career strikeout becoming just one of two players in program history to reach 300 strikeouts. Hubert was also the College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week.
Streakin’ – Dartmouth is on a roll right now and has won its last eight games. The Big Green are sitting at 12-4 in Ivy League action and have yet to drop a game to a North Division opponent. Several of the Big Green players are also on a roll. Captain Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) is on a five-game hitting streak while Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) has hits in the last six games. Rookies Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) are each riding four-game hitting streaks. The longest streak of the season belongs to Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) who had a nine-game streak earlier this season.
Hubs Sets the Single-Season Hits Record – Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) is making her senior season count in a big way. Last weekend at Yale, she broke the single-season hits record by picking up her 52nd hit of the season, besting the previous record of 51 held by Sarah Damon in 1999 and 2000. This isn’t Hubert first appearance on the single-season list, she also holds the No. 6 spot after recording 45 hits her freshman year.
Thank You Class of 2013 – This weekend will be the final regular-season weekend for Dartmouth seniors Katie Adams (Kent, Wash.), Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) and Morgan Wharton (Binghamton, N.Y.). This trio has been a part of 67 victories and has shown dedication to Dartmouth both on and off the field. Thank you Class of 2013.
Rumley Re-writing the Record Books - Southpaw Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) continues to set new marks in the Big Green pitching records and last weekend was no exception. With her three wins she picked up her 20th win this season and joins Christine Quattrocchi as the only pitchers in program history with at least 20 wins in a season. Quattrocchi has the single season record of 22, which is still in reach for Rumley this season. Additionally, Rumley earned her 300th strikeout, becoming just the second player to hit the 300-strikeout milestone.
Holy, Home Runs – Last weekend against Yale was a bit of a home run show for the Big Green. Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) started it all with two in the series opener, becoming the first player since 2007 to nail two bombs in a single game. Not to be outdone, Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) added three of her own over the course of the weekend, giving her nine home runs on the season, a new single-season record. Alex St. Romain (Chatham, N.J.) also got in on the action with a single long ball against the Bulldogs. All said Dartmouth drilled six home runs over the weekend.
Get out the Brooms- A week after picking up its first four-game sweep since 2010 against Brown, Dartmouth brought the brooms back out with another four-game sweep against the Bulldogs, this time on the road. The last time Dartmouth won four games on the road was in 2007 at Brown. The sweep was the second consecutive four-game sweep for Dartmouth.
Racking Up the Wins –Heading into this weekend, the Big Green have a 22-17 record and are set to pick up their first winning season in the last eight seasons. The last time Dartmouth had more than 20 wins was during the 2009 season when they went 23-23 and played for the Ivy League Championship. The 22 wins are the most in head coach Rachel Hanson’s tenure at Dartmouth.
Rank Em’ – Dartmouth is making some noise in the national rankings. As a team, Dartmouth is ranked sixth in the country in triples per game at 0.36. Individually, Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) is ranked in the top 50 in several categories. She’s 11th in walks allowed per seven innings (1.01), 22nd in victories (20.0), 24th in shutouts (6) and 31st in ERA (1.61) while Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) is the 26th toughest to strikeout.
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
Harvard– Harvard enters this week with a 21-18 record after going 3-1 against Brown last weekend in Providence. The Crimson will face BC in a non-conference matchup before traveling to Hanover for the crucial series with the Big Green. The Crimson own a 50-14 series advantage with Dartmouth but last season the Big Green became the only Ivy League team to split with Harvard. Shelbi Olson leads the offense with a .377 average. She has a team-best 43 hits and has rounded the bases 23 times this season. Kasey Lange leads the squad with 39 RBI to go along with 13 doubles and a team-best 10 home runs. In the circle, four pitchers have seen action for the Crimson. Freshman Morgan Groom has a 2.41 ERA and in 107.2 innings has an 8-8 record with 50 strikeouts. The staff has an ERA of 3.36. Jenny Allard, who is in her 19th season and is the longest-tenured coach in the Ivy League, coaches Harvard.
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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Sat. May 4- Ivy League Championship Series (TBA)
Sun. May 5- Ivy League Championship Series (If necessary, TBA)