Saturday, April 22, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m.

The Dartmouth softball team heads to New Haven, Connecticut for an important North Division showdown with Yale.

Yale heads into this weekend’s series with a 5-7 mark in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs went 1-3 last weekend in Cambridge against arch rival Harvard. After opening the series by splitting the first two games in five innings, Yale fell 5-4 in the final two games on Sunday. Sophomore outfielder, Shelby Kennedy leads the team with 36 hits in 106 at bats, while sophomore Madison Sack has hit a team-high six home runs with 21 RBIs. The Bulldogs also possess speed on the base paths in Sarah Kennedy, who is second in the Ancient Eight with 12 stolen bases. In the circle, Terra Jerpbak and Francesca Casalino have split most of the pitching duties. Casalino leads the team with 65 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA, while Jerpbak has the best record at 4-7 with seven complete games.

After navigating a difficult non conference slate, the Big Green have hit their stride as of late. Dartmouth has won eight consecutive Ivy League contests to take a three-game lead over Harvard in the North Division standings. Meanwhile in the South Division, Princeton is in control for the time being with a 10-2 record in conference play, leading Columbia by three games.

For the second consecutive week, the the Big Green have taken home Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Week Honors. Morgan Martinelli was selected as Player of the Week, while Breanna Ethridge was tabbed as Pitcher of the Week for their stellar performance last weekend against Brown.

Calista Almer has also shown speed on the base paths in her rookie season at Dartmouth. She leads the team with 11 stolen bases on 15 attempts. The program record for stolen bases in a season is 13, which was set by Lourlin Lara last year.

Ethridge has found success in the circle this season. The Loganville, Georgia native leads the Ivy League in strikeouts, having fanned 87 batters in 26 appearances. She has posted an 8-13 overall record with a 4.59 ERA and has pitched 13 complete games.

S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C
All three members of the Dartmouth coaching staff have ties to the Southeastern Conference. Shannon Doepking played four seasons at Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols to an impressive 246-46 (.842) record from 2005-08, she also played in three consecutive Women’s College World Series from 2005-07. Returning for her third season in Hanover is Molly Fichtner who graduated from Alabama in 2014. As a catcher for the Crimson Tide, Fichtner appeared in 102 games, starting 88. As a senior Fichtner reached the Women’s College World Series and was named to the All-SEC Second Team. Joining the staff this year is Jackie Traina, who also is an Alabama graduate and former teammate of Fichtner. In 2012, Traina helped the Crimson Tide win its first National Championship, earning Women’s College World Series MVP honors. Traina was also a member of the USA National Team in 2012, 2014 and 2015, where she won a gold medal at the World Cup of Softball in 2015.

Can’t make it to the games? All four contests will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will provide live stats links for those looking to follow along during the games.

The Big Green return home next Saturday for a home-and-home series with Harvard to conclude the regular season. Dartmouth will host Harvard on April 29for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. before concluding the series in Cambridge on Sunday.