HANOVER, N.H. – The Big Green softball team closed out its historic 2013 season with its annual awards banquet last week. Head coach Rachel Hanson and the team celebrated the 2013 season and handed out several individual awards.
Most Valuable Player:
Presented annually to that member of the Dartmouth Softball team who, by vote of the softball coaching staff, has made the most significant contribution to the success of the team.
Fresh off her NFCA All-Region selection, sophomore southpaw Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) picked up her second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. Rumley, the 2013 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection, took her game to new heights both in the circle and at the plate. In 37 appearances, the southpaw went 22-9, tying the single-season wins record and setting several new marks. She became the Big Green’s single-season strikeout leader with 185 Ks in 2013 and also set the single-game record for strikeouts with 15 in a 4-3 extra innings win over Elon on March 23.
The Ivy League's only 20-game winner, Rumley recorded a 22-9 mark in her league-high 37 appearances (tied for third-most in league history). Her 22 wins are tied for fifth-most in a season in league history. She had a 1.74 ERA in 197-1/3 innings of work, both league bests. And when you factor in the number of innings she threw, it becomes even more impressive that she allowed just 29 walks on the season while striking out a league-high 185. Rumley holds Dartmouth's career strikeouts record with 336 in her first two seasons. She earned Pitcher of the Week honors five times during league action.
The Texas native was also a stalwart for the Big Green at the plate. She hit .362 in 152 at bats, which was good enough for third best on the team. Rumley ranked second on the team in runs (27) and hits (55), while ranking third in total bases with 68.
Tough As Nails Award:
Presented annually to the "tough as nails" player of the Dartmouth Softball team who, by the vote of the coaching staff, best exemplified a competitive spirit and maintained a high level of focus, effort and intensity in all aspects of their conduct throughout the course of the season.
Sophomore outfielder Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.) claimed the 2013 Tough as Nails Award. The second-team All-Ivy selection was a crucial part of the Big Green outfield this year. For the season, Averitt hit .262 with 16 hits and 14 runs. The slapper was very good at moving her teammates on the bases and led the team with five sacrifice hits. In league action, Averitt’s batting average jumped to .355 and she was perfect from her perch in center field.
Big Green Award:
Presented annually to the outstanding player of the Dartmouth Softball team who, by the vote of the softball coaching staff, has exemplified and maintained the high degree of sportsmanship, character, spirit and values of Big Green Softball.
Senior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.), the Big Green’s Tough As Nails Award winner in 2012, took home the Big Green Award this season. The NFCA All-Region selection as well as first-team All-Ivy selection had a fantastic finish to her Dartmouth career. The two-time captain hit a team-best .381 and led the Big Green in hits with 59, which is a new single-season record. For her efforts she earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors on April 23. In the Big Green’s 4-0 series sweep of Yale, Hubert nailed two crucial home runs, becoming one of just seven players in program history to hit two home runs in a single game.
Dartmouth closed the 2013 season with a 26-20, 15-5 Ivy League record and its second North Division title. The Big Green tied the record for consecutive wins with eight and also for consecutive Ivy League wins with eight. Additionally, Dartmouth set new single-season records for batting average (.292), triples (16), home runs (33) and RBI (198).