Dartmouth Softball
Fri., Apr. 6
- vs. Penn (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr 7
- vs. Columbia (DH). 12:30 p.m.

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Penn               Columbia

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Penn               Columbia

The Dartmouth softball team opens the 2012 home slate when they welcome Penn and Columbia to Hanover, N.H., for the Ivy League doubleheaders. The Big Green and Quakers will square off on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. Dartmouth closes the weekend with Columbia on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Home Sweet Home -
The Dartmouth softball team finally plays its first home games this weekend. The Big Green opened the season with an 18-game road trip with trips to South Carolina and Florida. Dartmouth has six home dates this season that include doubleheaders with Penn (Apr. 6), Columbia (Apr. 7), Yale (April 21-22), Boston College (Apr. 25) and Harvard (Apr. 29).

Hicks to Ivy League Honor Roll- Senior first baseman Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) earned a spot on the Ivy League honor roll this week. She was Dartmouth's second best hitter last week, batting .385 (5-of-13) and posted a team-best 20 putouts while also nailing one of two home runs on the week.

A Note About Home Openers - The Big Green softball team is looking for its fifth home opening win when it takes the field against Penn on Friday. Dartmouth has claimed victory in four of its last seven home openers. Two of those home-opening losses came against the Quakers in 2008 and 2006.

Hicks is Hittin'... - Senior Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) is on a roll from the plate and is currently on a four-game hitting streak. She has already this season-posted a five-game hitting streak and will look to extend that this weekend. The longest streak of the season thus far belongs to Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) who had an eight-game streak to open the season.

And Gettin' On Base - Not only is Hicks hitting well; she also has a nice on-base streak going. Currently, she is on a five-game on base streak and she owns a nine-game on base streak this season as well.

Home Runs Galore - Dartmouth and Cornell had a home run derby on Saturday (March 31). Between the two games, the squads combined for seven home runs. Big Green players Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) and Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) had homers for the Dartmouth squad.

Tough Start to Ivy League Action - The Big Green opened Ivy League play with a 0-4 record after dropping both doubleheaders to Princeton and Cornell. Dartmouth hasn't started 0-4 in Ivy League action in the last seven seasons and only started 0-2 in 2008 and 2010.

North Division Play on the Horizon - The Big Green open up divisional action next week, when they head to Brown (April 14). The Big Green has battled for the North Division title in two of the last three seasons, including last season.

Need to Keep Hitting - The Big Green have been outhit in each of its last five games but not by staggering margins. Dartmouth is averaging six hits per game and has been fairly consistent from the plate this season. Dartmouth has been held to one hit in just one contest this season and prior to that the fewest hits for the Big Green was three hits on two occasions.

Dartmouth in the Ivy League Stats - Dartmouth is second in the Ivy League statistics in fielding with a .952 fielding percentage just behind Harvard who has a .963 fielding percentage. The Big Green pitching staff is fourth among its counterparts with a 3.99 ERA and 108 strikeouts.  Freshman Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) is sixth in hitting percentage at .375 (12-of-32) while Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) is ninth at .349 (22-of-63). Rumley is also sixth in the pitching statistics with a 2.78 ERA while her 63 strikeouts is the third most among Ivy League pitchers.

Not Only Can Rumley Pitch, She Can Hit - Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) demonstrated her versatility against Stetson (Mar. 21). Pitching the second game of the doubleheader, Rumley threw six strikeouts and allowed just one run. She was also 4-of-4 from the plate in the second game with an RBI. In both games against the Hatters, she was 5-of-5 from the plate, her first at bats of the season. She is the lone Big Green player to have four hits in a single game this season.

Catch Those Thieves - The Dartmouth softball team is quick and they have the stolen bases to prove it. The Big Green is 20-of-27 when stealing bases this season. Morgan Wharton (Binghamton, N.Y.) is 5-of-5 while Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) is 3-of-3.  Speedy leftfielder Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.) is 4-of-5.

Road Warriors - It isn't uncommon for schools in the Northeast to spend long parts of the opening month of the season on the road and the Big Green are no exception. Dartmouth will play 22 games, over half of its schedule, on the road before opening the home schedule on April 6.  Additionally, the Big Green will take up residence in the Sunshine state in March. Dartmouth makes its third consecutive appearance and sixth appearance in the last eight seasons at the USF Invitational and will play six games in that tournament. Dartmouth also will take on the likes of Stetson, North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast in non-conference games. Not a bad way to spend spring break!

Rookies on Board - The Big Green welcome a six-member freshman class this season. The class features players from all over the country highlighted by two players from California. Joining the Dartmouth softball team are Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.), Mariah Claw (Chinle, Ariz.), Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.), Sawyer Hulbert (Foster City, Calif.), Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and Rhiannon Saucedo (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Thomason - Assistant coach Marie Thomason is the newest addition to the Dartmouth softball family, joining the team less than a month ago. Thomason comes to Hanover from Virginia where she held assistant coaching positions at Virginia Wesleyan and Norfolk State.

A Look at the Competition
Penn
- The Quakers enter Friday's matchup with a 19-10, 4-0 Ivy League record after sweeping both Yale and Brown to open the Ivy League slate last weekend. Entering the weekend, Penn is the lone undefeated team in Ivy League action.  Sydney Turchin leads the offense and is hitting .353 with a team-best 30 hits and 22 runs on the season. She also has four doubles and eight RBIs. Karina Rios is also hitting over .300 at .316 with 18 hits. Kayla Dahlenbruch, hitting cleanup, has a team-leading 17 RBI and five home runs. Alexis Borden leads the pitching staff and has a 12-2 record with a 1.18 ERA. In 16 appearances she has started 12 games and pitched 11 complete games. She also has a team-best 100 strikeouts.  Mikenzie Voves and Lindsay Mann also have winning records with 2.02 and 2.91 ERAs, respectively.

Columbia - Columbia enters Saturday's doubleheader with a 7-18, 1-3 Ivy League record after dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Brown on Sunday (April 1). The Lions defeated Yale, 4-1, on Friday to open the Ivy League slate. Prior to taking on the Big Green and Harvard, Columbia will take on Marist in doubleheader action on Wednesday. Alison Lam leads the Lions from the plate and is hitting .340 (16-of-47) with 16 hits and eight runs. Emily Snodgrass is Columbia's next best hitter, going .303 (23-of-76) from the plate with a team-best 23 runs and 10 doubles. Jennifer Bergen is Columbia's best base runner and she has stolen six bases this season with seven attempts. Kalli Schultea and Brooke Darling lead the Columbia pitchers. Schultea has a 3.32 ERA with 34 strikeouts and five complete games while Darling has a 4.42 ERA with 47 strikeouts and a team-best 18 appearances.

Dartmouth Set to Open Dartmouth Softball Park in 2012 - Dartmouth Athletics will be opening the Dartmouth Softball Park this season. The $3.1 million project will include wrap around seating for 400 fans, sunken dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, press box, scoreboard and an artificial FieldTurf playing surface with superior drainage capacity. The team will use a locker room, training room and public restrooms that are already located within the Chase Field Complex. Take a look at Dartmouth's construction photo gallery here.

Captain, My Captain - Seniors Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.) and Molly Khalil (Seal Beach, Calif.) and junior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the 2012 softball squad this season.

Skipper Hanson Back for Second Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her second season as head skipper of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson posted a 17-22 record in her first season and coached the Big Green to within two games of the North Division title. Assistant coach Lindsay Foreman returns for her second season while Marie Thomason joins the staff this season.

Follow the Big Green Softball Team on Facebook - Make sure to keep up with the latest information Dartmouth softball team by "liking" their page on Facebook, you can find the page by searching Dartmouth College Softball.

Up Next
Sat., Apr. 14 -
at Brown (DH), 12:30 p.m. (North Division)
Sun. Apr. 15
- at Brown (DH), 12:30 p.m.  (North Division)
Wed., Apr. 18
-at Albany (DH), 3:00 p.m.