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Big Green Head to Nation's Capital For Colonial Classic

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The Big Green will travel to Wsahington D.C., for the Colonial Classic hosted by George...     By Mark Washburn

Fri-Sun, March 1-3- at George Washington Colonial Classic

The Dartmouth softball team heads to the Colonial Classic hosted by George Washington University this weekend. The Big Green will take on Bucknell, Seton Hall and host, George Washington over the course of the tournament. Fans can follow the action for Dartmouth's games with livestats.  

Dartmouth Game Schedule
Friday, March 1
- vs. George Washington, 11:45 a.m.        
          Video ($$$)
Friday, March 1
- vs. Bucknell, 3:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 2- vs. Seton Hall, 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, March 2- vs. George Washington, 1:30 p.m.         
Livestats           Video ($$$)

Sunday, March 3 - vs. Bucknell, 11:45 a.m.

Colonial Classic Tournament Page

Strong Start to the Season -
The Big Green opened the 2013 season with an impressive showing at the Stetson Hatter Classic. The Big Green's 3-2 win over Bethune-Cookman was its third consecutive season-opening victory and the three wins on the weekend puts the program 12 wins away from its 300th victory. At this weekend's tournament, the Big Green enter as the only team with a winning record.

Hubert and Miller Earn All-Tournament Honors - Senior captain Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) and freshman Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) earned All-Tournament honors for their play over the weekend. Both players started each game for the Big Green and tallied six hits each. Hubert had six RBI while Miller had three RBI to go along with three doubles and one triple.

Extra Innings - The Big Green played their first extra innings game vs. Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. The last time Dartmouth went to extra innings on opening weekend was during the 2009 season when they posted a 3-2 win over St. Francis (Pa.) at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament. Last season, Dartmouth played one extra inning game vs. North Texas resulting in a 7-6 win.

Rookies Making a Statement - The Dartmouth freshman class certainly made a statement in their first weekend in uniform. Each player saw action with Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas), Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.), Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) and Brianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.) starting each game. Of Dartmouth's 36 overall hits, rookies accounted for 16.

Home Run Queen - Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) made quite the statement in her first collegiate at bat by belting a home run. On the weekend, she had a team-high two home runs while classmate Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) added another. 

Bring The Bats - The Big Green had a big weekend from the plate with 36 hits over the course of the three-day tournament, including eight extra base hits. Hubert and Miller each recorded six hits, while Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) and Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) added four.

Rumley Up To Her Old Tricks in the Circle - Sophomore Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) started the 2013 season right where she left off in 2012. Rumley went 3-1 in the circle last weekend for a 2.23 ERA and added 18 strikeouts. She moves into No. 7 on Dartmouth's career strikeouts list with 169 Ks.

On The Road Again - The Big Green will travel to our nations capital for the George Washington Colonials Classic for their second preseason tournament this week. Washington D.C., and Florida are the only places the Big Green will play tournaments this season. Dartmouth will play in four preseason tournaments this year.

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
- Bucknell enters the weekend with a 1-7 record after dropping four contests at the Longwood Spring Classic. The Bison defeated St. Bonaventure in their season-opener but haven't won since dropping their last seven games. Alex Wells leads the way at the plate and is batting .333 with one hit and one RBI in four games. Mariah Midyette, Cassie Greenhawk and Cheyanna Young are the only players to have started each game so far. Of those three, Midyette is batting .273 with six hits and five runs. The Bison have used four pitchers with Amanda Fazio picking up the lone win. Cindy Cherness sports a staff-best 3.65 ERA in 7.2 innings while Dana Nielsen is 0-2 with seven appearances and five starts. She has 18 strikeouts and has pitched 24.0 innings.  

Seton Hall-Seton Hall enters tournament play with a 3-5 record after going 1-4 at the Jacksonville Invitational Tournament last weekend. The Pirates dropped shortened games to Jacksonville and South Alabama.  Danielle DeStaso is leading the offense and is batting .500 in eight games. She has a team-best 11 hits to go along with nine RBI and two home runs. She is one of four players batting better than .300. Maria DeLuca, Colltey Sheldon and Brittany Hammer are also over .300. DeStaso also leads the pitching staff. She has a 2-1 record in five appearances with 24 strikeouts. Jen Metzger has a 1-4 record in six appearances, to go along with 17 strikeouts. Casey Moses has also seen action in the circle this season. The Pirates have speed on the bases completing 15-of-17 stolen base attempts.

George Washington-The host Colonials have a 2-6 record entering the weekend but have a chance to improve that with their home opening doubleheader vs. Drexel on Wednesday. Kristi Saporito leads the offense with a .333 batting average and is one of two Colonials hitting better than .300. Carlee Gray joins her with a .318 average in eight contests. Gray has a team-best seven hits, to go along with five RBI. Victoria Valos also has five RBIS on the year. In the circle, Courtney Martin (1-3) leads the staff with a 2.84 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 24.2 innings. Meghan Rico  (1-3) has made six appearances and played two complete games. She has thrown 16 strikeouts and sports a 4.06 ERA. Chelsey Pedley has also seen time in the circle this season.

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 15-17
- at South Florida Invitational (Clearwater, Fla.)