FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Dartmouth softball team finished the second day of the Razorback Invitational falling to Northern Colorado 3-2 and Arkansas 2-1.
The Big Green fall to 1-8 on the season while the Bears improve to 10-9 and the Razorbacks push to 13-1.
Dartmouth vs. Northern Colorado
Dartmouth started the day facing Northern Colorado, with a slow start through the first three innings, heading into the fourth tied 0-0. With the Bears playing as the “home team” in neutral territory, they found a way to get on the board first in the bottom of the fourth. Northern Colorado junior Kenzie Kudrna hit a triple down the left field line with two outs, batting in Jordyn Wiatrak who had reached first on a fielder’s choice, to take the 1-0 lead.
Delaney Marshall was able to get on base for the Big Green in the top of the fifth with two outs after hitting a single, before Jade Bravo grounded out. Holding on defensively, Dartmouth didn’t let a batter reach first in the bottom of the fifth, but the next time the Bears came to bat held a different story.
Northern Colorado’s Wiatrak hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth with teammate Lauren Paige on base, to take a 3-0 lead heading into the last inning.
The Big Green finally got on the board in the top of the seventh, when Marshall hit a two-run homerun herself, batting in sophomore Calista Almer and cutting the lead to one with two outs left. Bravo struck out to end the inning and the game, and senior pitcher Breanna Ethridge took the loss after tossing all six innings, allowing four hits including one homerun, walking three and striking out six.
Dartmouth vs. Arkansas
Dartmouth faced host team Arkansas for the second time on Saturday evening, falling 2-1. The Razorbacks took a 1-0 lead quickly on a homerun from freshman Hannah McEwen in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the fourth the Big Green had an opportunity to score when Micah Schroder led the inning off with a single but was caught out at second base attempting to steal. Schroder would end up scoring the lone run for the road team in the top of the seventh, after advancing to first on an error by the catcher, then moving to second on a wild pitch, finally crossing home plate on a double from Almer to tie the game. Dartmouth was unable to take the tie elsewhere after Arkansas’ Autum Buczek hit a single in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, scoring the one run necessary to win.
Freshman Shelby Wilkison pitched six innings allowing seven hits, walking one, with two errors and struck out six.
The Big Green wrap up their time in the Razorback Invitational tomorrow, facing Central Connecticut State at 10 a.m.