LOS ANGELES – The Dartmouth softball team dropped both games on Sunday to conclude the LMU Invitational II, falling to Cal Poly, 7-0, and host LMU, 9-3.
Freshman Ashley Sissel provided the only offense for the Big Green after they were blanked by the Mustangs ,7-0, in the first game. In the top of the second, the rookie pitcher knocked her first collegiate three-run home run to tie the contest at 3-all.
Cal Poly stymied the Dartmouth bats as Sierra Hyland threw a two-hitter for her 14th win of the season. Junior Kristen Rumley (7-6) allowed four earned runs over 5.1 innings with six strikeouts. Dartmouth trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth frame when Cal Poly unloaded with four runs. Sophomore Morgan McCalmon replaced Rumley, but allowed two runs and four hits before Sissel was called in to retire the side.
The Lions took an early lead in the first stanza with a three-run blast by Sterling Shuster. Sissel redeemed herself in the next inning with a shot over the center field fence to tie the score at three. LMU added six more runs over the third and fourth innings to take the 9-3 edge.
Sissel was dealt her third loss of the season, allowing five runs over 2.2 innings. McCalmon came on in relief along with Rumley and allowed four runs combined on five hits. Rumley fanned six batters though over 2.1 innings.
Dartmouth returns to the East Coast and will host UMass Lowell (weather permitting) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.