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Hanson, Rumley Claim CSM Ivy League Preseason Honors

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Rachel Hanson and junior Kristen Rumley received pre-season recognition by College Sports Madness as the team prepares for the 2014 season.

In her fourth season at the helm, Hanson was named Preseason Coach of the Year after tutoring her squad to a North Division Championships in 2013. Rumley was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in wins.

Dartmouth is coming off a record breaking 2013 campaign in which the Big Green clinched the North Division title and advanced to the Ivy League Championship series for the second time in school history. The Big Green set single-season records in batting average (.292), triples (16), home runs (33) and RBI (198). Additionally, the Big Green’s 15 Ivy League wins were a program record and Dartmouth set records with eight consecutive wins.

Rumley returns for her third season in the circle after being named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, First-Team All-Ivy (unanimous), NFCA All-Northeast Regional and three-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Week and Ivy League Player of the Week once.  Rumley finished with a 22-9 record with a 1.74 earned run average. In 37 appearances, the Katy, Texas native set a single-season record for strikeouts (185) and wins. She also set the single-game mark for strikeouts with 15 versus Elon on Mar. 23.

Sophomore Katie McEachern joins Rumley on the Ivy League Preseason First-Team after securing the league’s Rookie of the Year award. McEachern was also named postseason First-Team All-Ivy and garnered three weekly awards during her first season in the Upper Valley.  She was the first player in Dartmouth and Ivy League history to hit for the cycle against Iowa State on Mar. 22. In 45 games, she hit an impressive .331 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI.

Junior Megan Averitt was named to the Preseason Second-Team after her first full season in the outfield saw her claim an All-Ivy Second-Team acknowledgement. The Alameda, Calif., native hit .262 with eight RBI and 65 defensive putouts and a .985 fielding percentage.

Dartmouth will begin the 2014 slate at the Florida International Tournament on Feb. 21 against North Florida and host Panthers.