THIS WEEK IN DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL
Fri-Sun, February 22-24- at Stetson Hatter Classic
The Dartmouth softball team kicks off the 2013 season at the Stetson University Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla. The Big Green will take on Bethune-Cookman, Stetson and Florida A&M over the three-day tournament. Fans can follow along with livestats and there will also be live video for the Stetson game on Friday.
Sunday, Feb. 24 - vs.
Bethune-Cookman, 12:00 p.m.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Away We Go - The Dartmouth softball team opens its 18th season of action this weekend when it travels to the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson in DeLand, Fla. The Big Green have a program record of 285-435-2 entering the 2013 season. The Big Green are 15 wins away from the program's 300th victory and head coach Rachel Hanson is 19 wins away from her 50th win as Dartmouth head coach.
For Starters - The Big Green are opening at a tournament for the ninth consecutive season when it makes the trip to Stetson this weekend. Dartmouth is looking for its second consecutive season-opening win after defeating Saint Peters last season. The Big Green are 3-5-0 in season openers over the last eight seasons.
Tourney Time - The Big Green will spend quite a bit of time at tournaments this season. Dartmouth has three in-season tournaments on the schedule beginning with this weekend's Hatter Classic. The Big Green are no strangers to tournaments as they have played in at least two in-season tournaments in each of the last seven seasons. This season, Dartmouth will play in three tournaments for the first time since 2005.
Bats Are Back - Dartmouth features a large group of returners this spring and returns quite a bit of its firepower from last season. The Big Green return top hitter Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) who led the team with a .355 average while Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.), who hit .281 also returns. Rumley had 22 hits with four runs and six RBI during her rookie season while Curosh had a team-best 38 hits to go with 13 runs and 14 RBI.
Rumley Is Back In the Circle - Sophomore Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) not only returns as a big bat but also as the ace of the pitching staff. Rumley posted 151 strikeouts during her rookie campaign, good enough for second on Dartmouth's single-season list. In 2012 Rumley went 6-11 with 116.0 innings pitched and made one save. Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.) also returns to the pitching staff. Hein made eight appearances and went 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA.
On The Road Again - The Big Green, like most Northern schools, will spend a large chunk of its season on the road. Of the 50 games on the schedule, Dartmouth will play 36 games on the road, 26 coming in the form of non-conference competition. Dartmouth will once again take up residence in Florida, traveling to DeLand, Clearwater, and Boca Raton, for tournaments. In all, the Big Green will play 19 games in the Sunshine State between the USF Invitational and the FAU Invitational and non-conference games with Florida Gulf Coast, South Florida and Rutgers. The Big Green open the home slate on April 5 and will play seven home dates at the Dartmouth Softball Park.
Welcome to the Team - Dartmouth welcomes a six-member freshman class this season. The Big Green rookies hail from all over the country, with two players coming from the Texas. Donning the Green and White for the first time are: Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas), Alex Jarvis (Tustin, Calif.), Brianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.), Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.), Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas). Welcome aboard!
Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Hart - Assistant coach Ali Hart joins the Dartmouth softball staff this season. Hart hails from Atlanta, Ga., and was an All-American at Williams College where she graduated in 2012.
A Look at the Competition
Stetson - Stetson enters the weekend with a 2-5 record after going 1-3 at the UCF Holiday Inn Select Tournament last weekend. The Hatters defeated Buffalo but fell to South Carolina and Texas-Arlington. This will be the second home tournament for the Hatters this season as they also hosted the Lead-Off Classic Feb. 8-10, where they went 1-3 with a win over Michigan State. Chelsea Whalley leads the offense and is batting .333 with a team-best eight RBI to go with six hits and three runs. Meredith Owen, Courtney Brandt and Taylor Cochran have each seen time in the circle. Owen leads the way with a 1.53 ERA and a 2-1 record in four appearances and three starts. She's also thrown 10 strikeouts.
Bethune-Cookman-Bethune-Cookman enter the weekend with a 1-8 record after going 1-4 at the Jacksonville Tournament last weekend. The Wildcats fell to Louisville, Ohio State and Stony Brook but picked up their first win of the season against Ohio State on Saturday (Feb. 16). Simone Ceasar leads the offense and is batting .296 with a team-best eight hits. Shamaria Engram and Kelsey Rodney each have three RBI. Shanel Tolbert leads the pitching staff with a 2.97 ERA and a 1-6 record. She has made seven appearances and started in six games. Samantha Gale is 0-2 with a 5.47 ERA and 12 strikeouts. The Big Green and Wildcats will also meet later in the season at the FAU Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla.
Florida A&M-The Rattlers enter the weekend with a 1-9 record after going 1-4 at the UCF Holiday Inn Select Invitational last weekend. Florida A&M lost to Buffalo, UCF and Texas-Arlington before picking up its first win of the season against South Carolina. The Rattlers have three players batting better than .300 and are led by Christina Robbs who is batting .385. Brielle Gordon leads the team with nine hits and three doubles and is hitting .360 while Ashanti Shepherd is batting .333 with six hits. Jennifer Lindsey leads the pitching staff with a 3.20 ERA and a team-best nine strikeouts. Kelly Hunter picked up the lone win for the Rattlers and has a 1-1 record in four appearances.
Captain, My Captain - Senior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the Dartmouth softball squad for the second consecutive season.
Skipper Hanson Back for Third Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her third season as head of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson has a 31-47 record in her two years at Dartmouth and has led the Big Green to back-to-back second place finishes in the North Division. Assistant coach Lindsay Vanover returns for her third season while Ali Hart is entering her first season on staff.
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Fri.-Sun., March 1-3 - at George Washington Invitational