Wed., April 25 - vs. Boston College (DH), 3:00 p.m. (StrikeOut Cancer Game)
Sat., Apr. 28- at Harvard (DH) 2:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr 29- vs. Harvard (DH), 2:00 p.m. (Dartmouth Softball Park Grand Opening)
The Dartmouth softball team closes out the 2012 season this week with a non-conference doubleheader and a Ivy League series with regional rival, Harvard. The Big Green will close out the non-conference slate against Boston College on Wednesday (April 25) and will travel to Harvard on Saturday (April 28) before closing the season against the Crimson on April 29.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Help Dartmouth Softball StrikeOut Cancer - Dartmouth's doubleheader against Boston College on Wednesday (April 25) will serve as its "StrikeOut Cancer" game. The Big Green players and staff will don special pink uniforms for the occasion. Dartmouth will also have a hairstylist from Making Waves Salon on hand, who will be taking donations for the American Cancer Society Wig Bank. Those wanting to donate need to set up an appointment through assistant coach Marie Thomason.
Dartmouth Softball Park Grand Opening - The Big Green will officially unveil it's new home to the public on Sunday (April 29) when it takes on Ivy League foe, Harvard. Fans are encouraged to get there early as the first 100 fans will be treated to free hot dogs and the first 150 fans will receive a free commemorative Dartmouth Softball mini batting helmet. In addition, former athletics director, Josie Harper, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Thank You Class of 2012 - Sunday's game against the Crimson will also serve as Senior Day for Dartmouth's senior class. The Big Green will honor seniors Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.), Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.), Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.), Molly Khalil (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Bianca Smith (Sewickley, Pa.) with a postgame ceremony.
Final Non-Conference Game on Tap - Dartmouth will host its final non-conference opponent, Boston College, at the Dartmouth Softball Park on Wednesday (April 25). This season, the Big Green has a 6-9 non-conference record entering the Boston College doubleheader. The Big Green will actually be hosting their first non-conference opponent at home on Wednesday. All other games were played at the opponent's home field or at neutral sites.
Home Sweet Home - Dartmouth's doubleheader against the Eagles will conclude a six-game home stretch for the Big Green. The Big Green enter Wednesday's game with a 3-5 home record and with three wins in its next four home games will earn its fourth consecutive winning home record. In Dartmouth's 17 seasons, the Big Green has a 115-100 home record. Dartmouth's best home record was in 2000 when they went a perfect 10-0.
Three Earn Spots on Ivy League Honor Roll- The Big Green had three players earn spots on the Ivy League honor roll this week. Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas), freshman second baseman Rhiannon Saucedo (Las Cruces, N.M.) and sophomore Britta McOmber (Bothell, Wash.) all earned spots after helping the Big Green to an Ivy League split against Yale last weekend.
Moving Up the North Standings - The Big Green moved into second place in the North standings after Brown dropped four straight to North Division leader Harvard last weekend. Dartmouth started last week in third place and has a chance to finish in second place in the North for the second consecutive season.
On the Wrong Side of a One-Run Affair - Dartmouth's had some bad luck in late game situations as off late. Prior to the sweep of Yale on Sunday (April 22), Dartmouth had dropped four consecutive one-run games including back-to-back walkoff losses to Brown last weekend.
Lots of Hitting against the Bulldogs - After opening the series against Yale with just a combined 12 hits in the first two games, Dartmouth exploded for 25 hits in the final two games of the series. Dartmouth even posted a season-high 15 hits in an 8-0 win. The 15 hits were just six hits shy of the single-game record of 21 posted in 2000.
Rumley Making Her Mark - Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) moved into the No. 2 spot on Dartmouth's single-season strikeout list and currently has 121 strikeouts on the season. With just six games left in the season, she probably won't reach Christine Quattrocchi's record of 169 strikeouts set in 2000. Rumley is the first pitcher to throw over 100 strikeouts since the 2002 season when Danica Giugliano hit the century mark.
Barker Close to a No-Hitter - Senior pitcher Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.) had a stellar outing against Yale on Sunday (April 22). She kept the Bulldogs hitless through six innings. Dartmouth has only had three no-hitters in program history with the last coming in 2004 against Columbia. There has only been one perfect game in program history. Christina Maybaum threw a perfect game in 1996, in the programs second year of existence, against Columbia.
McOmber is On - Sophomore Britta McOmber (Bothell, Wash.) had a terrific week last week. She was the Big Green's top hitter with a .667 average (6-of-9) with three runs, two doubles, one home run and three RBIs. She also had a team-best 11 total bases. All in a days work!
Streakin' - Dartmouth's Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) enters this week's games with a four-game hitting streak. Curosh has also posted an eight-game streak this season, the longest streak for a Dartmouth player this season.
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.
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
Boston College- Wednesday's game marks the second time Dartmouth will face the Eagles this season. In the first meeting back on March 24, the Eagles took both games, earning a 2-1 win in the first game and an 11-0 win in the late game. Boston College enters with a 20-22, 2-13 ACC record after dropping three games to Florida State last weekend. Brittany Wilkins, who is batting .340 (36-106), leads the Eagles offense. Nicole D'Argento and Andrea Filler are batting .338 and .313, respectively. D'Argento leads the way with a team-best 44 hits and 28 RBIs . She also has a team-best seven home runs. Rene Delagrammaticas and CJ Chirichigno have the quick feet for the Eagles, they are a combined 21-22 on stolen bases and Delagrammaticas is a perfect 10-of-10. Morgan Kidd leads the Eagle pitching staff with a 1.84 ERA and a 2-2 record in 15 appearances. D'Argento sports a 3.81 ERA and has a 9-11 record with 30 appearances and 16 games started. She leads the staff with 96 strikeouts in 126.2 innings pitched.
Harvard - Harvard enters this weekend as the team to beat in the Ivy League. The Crimson clinched the North Division title after sweeping Brown in a doubleheader on Sunday (April 25). The Crimson will host the Ivy League Championship series. Harvard, who will take on Holy Cross in a single game on April 26 before hosting Dartmouth, owns a 25-11, 15-1 Ivy League record entering the week. Jane Alexander leads the Crimson offense with a .424 batting average (53-of-124). Alexander has 11 doubles, four triples and two home runs on the season, to go with 21 RBI. Alexander is the lone Crimson player batting over .400. Kasey Lange is close, hitting .380 (46-of-121). Rachel Brown leads the pitching staff with a 1.44 ERA with 196 strikeouts. She owns a 16-4 record with 20 games started. Lauren Ricciardone has also seen extended time in the circle, she owns a 17-12 record with 60 strikeouts and boasts a 1.83 ERA. Gabrielle Ruiz and Jessica Ferri have also seen action. The entire Harvard pitching staff is solid posting a 1.91 staff ERA.
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.
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.
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