HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth softball team closed out the 2012 season with a split of Ivy League north division leader, Harvard, on Sunday (April 29). The Big Green dropped the first game, 4-0, and rebounded to claim the second game, 9-3. The Big Green were the only Ivy League squad to defeat the Crimson twice this season.
The Big Green also celebrated the opening of the brand new Dartmouth Softball Park. Former Director of Athletic Josie Harper, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and several Dartmouth softball alumnae returned for the celebration. Dartmouth also celebrated the Class of 2012.
Dartmouth (14-25, 7-13 Ivy League) rebounded in the second game after dropping a 4-0 contest to open the afternoon. The Big Green were able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.
"I am incredibly proud of this team and the fight they showed this weekend", said head coach Rachel Hanson. "We picked up some quality wins and our seniors really stepped up in some clutch situations. I couldn't be prouder of the way that we ended our season."
Senior pitcher Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.) reached after being walked by Harvard pitcher Gabrielle Ruiz. In the next at bat, senior first baseman Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) single to right field, for her first hit of the day. With two outs, centerfielder Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.0 loaded the bases with an error from the Crimson third baseman. Ruiz, who couldn't seem to figure out the Dartmouth hitters, walked in Morgan Wharton (Binghamton, N.Y.), who pinch ran for Barker, to give the Big Green the early lead.
Baker had a terrific day from the circle. She pitched her eighth complete game of the season and allowed three runs on four hits with five strikeouts, in her final game in the Green and White. She also posted an RBI.
The Big Green took advantage of the Crimson's pitching and used a six-run third inning to jump ahead, 7-0.
Third baseman Britta McOmber (Bothell, Wash.) opened the inning on first base after being hit by a pitch and from that point the Dartmouth bats came alive. Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) followed with a single to left field and with two outs, the Big Green used four hits, including a double from Katie Adams (Kent, Wash.) to tack on six runs and blow the game wide open.
Harvard (31-13, 17-3 Ivy League) picked up three runs in the top of the fourth inning but that was as close as the Crimson would get, as the Big Green became the first Ivy League team to defeat the Crimson more than once this season. Harvard entered the weekend with just one Ivy League loss and that came to Cornell back on March 30.
Hicks had a monster day at the plate in the second game. She was 3-of-4 from the plate with two RBI and one run scored. She also recorded her 12th double of the season in the sixth inning, which moved her into second place on Dartmouth's single-season list. Hubert was also impressive from the plate, going 1-of-4 with two runs scored.
The first game of the afternoon was all about the long ball as Harvard was able to capitalize on the strong wind by hitting two solo home runs which set the tone for the offense.
The Crimson struck first with a solo home run in the second at bat of the game. Shelbi Olson found the sweet spot and sent the ball over the right field wall to give Harvard the early advantage.
Aside from the home runs, the first game could be classified as a pitching duel. Harvard's Rachel Brown pitched the complete game and allowed just one hit with 12 strikeouts, while Dartmouth's lefthander Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) pitched her eighth complete game, throwing 11 strikeouts.
The Dartmouth hitters had a hard time with Brown and only reached base four times throughout the contest and only twice did they advance past first base. In the fourth inning, Hubert reached on an error and moved to second and into scoring position on the throw but a pop up and a strikeout ended the threat. The Big Green's lone hit came in the first inning when Rumley doubled.
Harvard added on runs in the sixth and seventh innings en route to their, 4-0 win.
Today's game was the final game for seniors Hillary Barker (Duvall, Wash.), Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.), Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.), Molly Khalil (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Bianca Smith (Sewickley, Pa.) and is the final game of the 2012 season.
Dartmouth vs. Harvard (Game 1)
Harvard 4, Dartmouth 0 (Apr 29, 2012 at Hanover, N.H.) (Game 1)
011 1 - 4 6
1 (31-12, 17-2 Ivy)
Dartmouth 000 000 0 - 0 1 0 (13-25, 6-13 Ivy)
Pitchers: Harvard - Brown and Scott. Dartmouth - Rumley,Kristen and St.Romain,Alex. Win-Brown(18-5) Loss-Rumley,Kristen(6-11) T-1:45 A-371
HR HARV - Lange; Scott. Weather: sunny, low 60s
Dartmouth vs. Harvard (Game 2)
Dartmouth 9, Harvard 3 (Apr 29, 2012 at Hanover, N.H.) (Game 2)
Harvard 000 300 0 - 3
4 2 (31-13, 17-3 Ivy)
Dartmouth 016 002 X - 9 9 2 (14-25, 7-13 Ivy)
Pitchers: Harvard - Ruiz; Zumbro(3) and Scott; Appelbe.
Dartmouth - Barker,Hillary and Adams,Katie.
Win-Barker,Hillary(5-10) Loss-Ruiz(0-2) T-1:50 A-387 Weather: sunny, 60s