HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team will host its first-ever Ivy League Championship Series beginning on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. After clinching their second consecutive North Division title earlier in the week and owning a better conference record over South Division champion Penn, the best-of-three series will be held at Dartmouth Softball Park.
Earlier this season, the Big Green swept Penn, 3-2 and 12-2 (5) and since then have won 11 of the final 14 games. The Quakers (18-20-1, 13-6-1 Ivy) won the South Division for the third consecutive season and are the defending Ivy League Champion having defeated Dartmouth last season in Philadelphia.
2. HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE IT - In the history of the Ivy League Tournament since the divisional split, all seven host teams have won the Championship Series.
3. THE WARRIORS - Dartmouth is 10-1 at home this season, with the lone deficit against Harvard in the first game of the home-and-home series last Sunday. To date, Dartmouth is 22-13 since opening the Dartmouth Softball Park in 2012.
4. ENTER SANDMAN - Junior Kristen Rumley leads the Ivies in saves with four and is nationally ranked at number 27 in the NCAA. She is three saves behind the current leaders, which tied between five players.
5. LIVE FROM HANOVER, IT’S SATURDAY - The Big Green enter this weekend with a 12-4 record on Saturday’s, while the Penn Quakers are 4-6. Dartmouth has not dropped a Saturday contest since Mar. 22, against Canisius, 4-2, at the LMU Invitational II. Penn split with Columbia last Saturday to clinch the Ivy League South Division.
6. THE LATE SHOW’S TOP-3 - Dartmouth ranked in the Ivy League in four top-3 statistical categories. The team is first in runs with 204, hits (367), home runs (36), RBI (185) and total bases (549). The Green and White are second in batting average (.291),
7. TOUCH ‘EM ALL JOE - Dartmouth is 17-5 when hitting a home run in a game. When the team hits one, they are 6-3, but when hitting multiple blasts, the team is 11-2.
Dartmouth, 22-21 - After sweeping the Penn Quakers during the regular season, the Big Green now own a 22-21 all-time record. In the past ten games, the series is tied 5-5. Last season, in five games, the Quakers took three of five meeting, including the Ivy League Championship Series.
Last 10 Meetings
PROBABLE BIG GREEN STARTERS
APRIL 6 RECAP - McCalmon went 5-for-5 with six RBI and two home runs, as the Big Green swept Penn, 3-2 and 12-1 (5 innings), on April 6. Rumley and McCalmon each picked up wins against the Quakers and McCalmon secured her first collegiate save in the opening contest.
SCOUTING PENN - Freshman Leah Allen has turned it up for the Quakers, leading the team with 13 home runs and 41 RBI. A near lock for Ivy Rookie of the Year, Allen is hitting .384 on the season with nine extra base hits and 11 stolen bases. The Alexis’s have also aided the defending champs year. Alexis Borden is 11-8 this season with a 1.91 ERA and while she may not have the performance numbers from last season, she is a big-game pitcher. Alexis Sargent is second on the team in home runs (nine) and RBI (25). Used as a backend starter, Sargent is 6-5 with a 2.51 ERA.
FIELDING PERCENTAGE - Dartmouth is ranked 23rd in the NCAA and leads the Ivy in team fielding percentage at .972. The Big Green have committed just 38 errors in 45 games. Senior Kara Curosh and freshman Maddie Damore have the least number of errors among the starting infielders.