PRINCETON, N.J. – Fresh off a weekend in which she became the first player in Dartmouth softball history to hit for the cycle, freshman Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) picked up Ivy League Co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors.
She shares Player of the Week honors with Cornell’s Lauren Bucolo and joins teammate Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) as Big Green players to earn Ivy League honors this season. McEachern’s award marks the second consecutive week a Dartmouth player has earned Ivy League honors.
McEachern had an outstanding week from the plate. Through seven games she hit .522 (12-of-23) to lead the Big Green. She posted a .826 slugging percentage to go along with a .560 on base percentage and was a perfect 1.000 from the field.
The infielder had her best game in Dartmouth’s 8-7 win over Iowa State, becoming the first player in program history and also what’s believed to be the first player and freshman in Ivy League history to hit for the cycle. She opened the game with a single in the first inning, added a home run in the third inning, a double in the fifth and capped the feat with a triple in the seventh. She was 4-of-4 and had three RBI on the day. McEachern also added two hits against Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast.
Currently, McEachern is leading the team in batting average at .386 percent (22-of-57) and has a team-best 22 hits. She leads the team in total bases with 32 and has five extra base hits, including two home runs. The California native is currently on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit cleanly in 11 of Dartmouth’s last 12 games.
Dartmouth will take on Sacred Heart in a non-conference twinbill on Tuesday (March 26) beginning at 3 p.m. before jumping into Ivy League action with games at Columbia and Penn on Friday and Saturday.