THIS WEEK IN DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL
Wed., April 10- vs. Boston College (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH) 3:00 p.m.
Sat., April 13 vs. Brown (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 14 vs. Brown (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH), 12:30 p.m.
The Dartmouth softball team (14-16) hosts regional rival, Boston College in a non-conference twinbill on Wednesday (April 10) before jumping into Ivy League North Division action with a four-game set with Brown Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on Wednesday is 3 p.m. and both Saturday and Sunday’s games start at 12:30 p.m.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
Boston College Comes to Hanover For Non-Conference Action – The Dartmouth softball team will host its first non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday (April 10) when the Boston College Eagles travel to Hanover. This marks the second consecutive season the Big Green and Eagles have squared off on the diamond. Dartmouth is 1-0 against teams from the ACC this year with a 4-0 win over Maryland at the USF Invitational.
Brown Comes to Dartmouth Softball Park to Open North Division Play – Dartmouth will also open up North Division play this weekend when the Brown Bears come to town for a four-game set on Saturday and Sunday. The Big Green are looking for their first North Division crown since 2009. The league didn’t break up into divisions until the 2007 season and Dartmouth hasn’t finished lower than second in each of the last six seasons. Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard and Yale make up the North Division.
Home Opener a Success – The Big Green went 2-2 last weekend in Ivy doubleheaders against Cornell and Princeton and successfully won its home opener against Cornell. The 6-2 win over the Big Red in the first game marked the sixth consecutive home-opening win for the Big Green.
Dzienkowski’s Got Game – Freshman Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) may be short in stature but she played BIG over the weekend. Over the weekend, the Texas native went 3-10 from the plate and earned her first start in Ivy League action against Princeton. In the second game against Cornell, Dzienkowski was 2-of-4 and drilled a crucial double which drove in a run. They do say, good things come in small packages!
Big Green Go 10 Against Cornell – This season Dartmouth hasn’t been shy about playing extra innings and the nightcap against Cornell was no exception. The Big Green and Big Red went 10 innings, the most for Dartmouth this season and the most since playing 10 innings against the same Cornell team in 2009, a 7-5 Dartmouth victory. Dartmouth has now played six extra inning games this season, the most in the last eight seasons.
Hubert Leading The Big Green – Senior captain Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) continues to shine on both sides of the ball. Last weekend, Hubert posted a .563 batting average, going 9-of-14 from the plate. She drilled five RBI and added a double and a home run; her first of the season, while also tallying four runs. She was also perfect from her perch at second base!
Rumley Makes It Look Easy – Southpaw Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) pitched quite a few innings last weekend. In 19.0 innings of work, including 12.0 against Cornell alone, Dartmouth’s ace scattered 16 hits allowing just five runs and four walks while tossing 16 strikeouts. Her 16 strikeouts give her 268 for her career and moves her into third place all-time. She is just four away from tying Hillary Barker for second-place all-time.
Home Run City – Last weekend’s games against Cornell and Princeton produced quite a few home runs. The Big Green saw six different players go yard while Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) picked up her team-leading sixth long ball of the season. Rookies Alex Jarvis (Tustin, Calif.), Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.), Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) and McEachern each went yard while Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) and Katie Adams (Kent, Wash.) also added long balls.
Streakin’ – Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) enters this weekend on a six-game hitting streak and has hits in nine of Dartmouth’s last 10 games. Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) also has hits in seven of the Big Green’s last eight games and Kara Curosh (Munster, Ind.) has at least one hit in 10 of the last 11 games.
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
Boston College– Boston College enters the week with a 9-21 record after dropping three games to Florida State in ACC action. The Eagles will open their home slate with a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday against UMass, before making the trip to Hanover. Tory Speer leads the Eagles offense and is batting .365 in 30 games. She has a team-best nine home runs and has eight doubles on the year. Speer has a team-best 20 RBI and 31 hits. Megan Cooley is the only other player batting .300 or better, coming in with a .306 batting average with 30 hits. Cooley and Speer join four other players to start each game for the Eagles this season. In the circle, Chelsea Dimon leads the staff. She is 7-9 on the year with 20 appearances and 13 starts. She has pitched five complete games and has a staff-best 32 strikeouts. Stephanie Lord and Andrea Filler have also seen time in the circle. Lord has a team-best 6.21 ERA but is 0-4 on the year with 20 appearances. Filler is 2-8 in 12 appearances. Boston College and Dartmouth have common opponents in Bethune-Cookman, Cornell and Rutgers. Dartmouth has also played Maryland out of the ACC.
Brown-Brown enters the week with a 7-16 record after dropping both ends of a twinbill to Penn on Saturday. Brown picked up its first Ivy League win last Friday (April 5), splitting a doubleheader with Columbia. The Bears have lost nine of their last 10 games and last won a road game on March 24 at the Delaware State Tournament. The Bears will take on Rhode Island in a midweek contest before heading to the Dartmouth Softball Park for a four-game set. Stephanie Thompson is leading the offense and is batting .386 in 22 games. She leads the team with 22 hits and four doubles. Jamie Pospishil and Trista Chavez are also hitting better than .300 at .316 and .311 respectively. Sarah Ropiak leads the pitching staff and enters with a 4.34 ERA and a 4-7 record in 15 appearances. In 67.2 innings pitched she has tossed 33 strikeouts and pitched eight complete games. Jessica Cherness has made 13 appearances with 10 starts and owns a 6.81 ERA. Brown head coach Katie Flynn is in her first season at Brown
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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Sat., April 20 –at Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 21- at Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.