HANOVER, N.H. – The Big Green opened the final four-game series of the regular-season with a split against Harvard at the Dartmouth Softball Park on Saturday (April 27). The Crimson earned a 4-1 victory in the first game while Dartmouth (23-18, 13-5) secured the split with a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.

Game One: Three-Run Third Inning Seals Harvard Win (Harvard 4, Dartmouth 1)

Dartmouth (23-18, 13-5 Ivy) dropped a pitchers duel to the visiting Harvard Crimson in the first game of the four-game series. Pitchers from both sides ruled the first four innings. Dartmouth’s Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) tossed 13 strikeouts, two shy of the single-game record, while Harvard’s Morgan Groom tossed nine of her own.

The Big Green posted the first hit of the day with a leadoff double from Rumley in the first inning. The southpaw moved to third on a Harvard error but two strikeouts ended the inning.

Harvard didn’t get its first hit until the third inning on a single from Zoe Galindo, who moved to third with a stolen base, but Rumley ended the scoring threat with a strikeout.

A home run from Kasey Lange in the fourth inning sparked the Harvard offense and set up a big fifth inning for the visitors. After a groundout, Haley Davis nailed a home run across the right field wall, giving Harvard a 2-0 advantage.  With two runners on base, a Dartmouth error loaded the bases and a single from Shelbi Olson scored two runners.    

Dartmouth looked like it might get one back in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles from Rumley and Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) to put two runners on base. The scoring threat was thwarted when Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) hit into a double play and the inning ended with a groundout.

The Big Green held the Crimson off the board in the seventh and went to work in the bottom of the inning sparked by a leadoff double from Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.). With one out, Alex St. Romain (Chatham, N.J.) reached on an error that scored McCalmon and cut the lead to 4-1.  Brianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.) kept the bats hot with a single and advanced to second on the throw, giving the Big Green runners at second and third, but the game ended with a ground out.

Rumley was 2-of-3 to lead to offense as the Big Green out-hit the Crimson, 6-5, in the loss.  

Harvard 4, Dartmouth 1 (Apr 27, 2013 at Hanover, N.H.) (Game 1)

Harvard.............             000 130 0 -  4  5  3      (22-19, 12-5 IVY)
Dartmouth...........          000 000 1 -  1  6  1      (22-18, 12-5 IVY)

Pitchers: Harvard - Groom, Morgan and Appelbe, Katherine. Dartmouth - Rumley,Kristen and St. Romain,Alex. Win-Groom, Morgan(9-9)  Loss-Rumley,Kristen(20-7)  T-1:36  A-150 HR HARV - Lange, Kasey; Davis, Haley. Weather: sunny, upper 50s, breeze

Game Two: McCalmon Sparks Big Green to Victory (Dartmouth 7, Harvard 1)

Dartmouth used two runs in the second inning to earn a split with Harvard (22-20, 12-6 Ivy) in the second game of the afternoon. 

Rookie Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) got thing going with a leadoff single to right center to open the second frame. Classmate McCalmon followed with a single to left field, giving the Big Green a runner in scoring position. St. Romain moved both runners with a sacrifice bunt, while a sacrifice fly from Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) scored McEachern. McCalmon rounded the bases on a Harvard error and gave Dartmouth the 2-0 advantage.

After a scoreless third inning, Dartmouth tacked on two more runs in the fourth. McCalmon nailed a double down the right field line, her second hit of the day, to open the inning.  St. Romain reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on a throwing error, which also moved McCalmon to third base. A single from Jonele Conceicao (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) loaded the bases and a two-RBI single form senior Katie Adams (Kent, Wash.) scored two runners and pulled Dartmouth ahead, 4-0.

Harvard scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning. Jessica Ferrari opened with a leadoff double and was plated with a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Big Green added a run in the fifth, courtesy of a triple from Miller that scored McCalmon but a two-run home run from Hubert in the bottom of the sixth sealed the victory for Dartmouth.

Rumley tossed 5.0 innings of work allowing one run on four hits while fanning three batters, but it was McCalmon who came in to pitch the final two innings, who starred in the circle in the second game. The rookie fanned six batters and allowed just one hit.

McCalmon was also 3-of-3 from the plate with three runs scored. Rumley was also impressive from the plate going 3-of-4 with one run. Dartmouth posted 11 hits to just five for the Crimson.

Dartmouth 7, Harvard 1 (Apr 27, 2013 at Hanover, N.H.) (Game 2)

Harvard.............        000 010 0 -  1  5  2      (22-20, 12-6 IVY)
Dartmouth...........      020 212 X -  7 11  0      (23-18, 13-5 IVY)

Pitchers: Harvard - Halula, Jamie; Ruiz, Gabrielle(4) and Appelbe, Katherine. Dartmouth -Rumley,Kristen; McCalmon,Morgan(6) and St. Romain,Alex. Win-Rumley,Kristen(21-7)  Loss-Halula, Jamie(8-6)  T-1:55  A-150 Weather: sunny, breezy, 50s

The Big Green look to clinch their first North Division title since 2009 when they travel to Harvard for a twinbill on Sunday (April 28). First pitch is set for 2 p.m.