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Softball Drops a Pair of Contests on Opening Day

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By Mark Washburn

MIAMI, Fla.  –  A bottom of the seventh walk-off home run by Ashia Kerr gave North Florida a 4-3 victory over the Dartmouth softball team in the second. In the first game of the day, the Big Green fell 3-1 to Florida International. 

Dartmouth had three players finish with two hits on the day. Sophomore Kelsey Miller had a pair in the FIU contest and an RBI.  Sophomore Katie McEachern and freshman Maddie Damore led the Dartmouth offense against North Florida. Damore recorded her first of two collegiate RBI and McEachern gave the team 1-0 lead in the first.

In the season opener, the Big Green fell to the Panthers, 3-1, after surrendering a two-out two RBI home run to Krys Garcia in the fourth inning. FIU scored its first run of the afternoon in the prior inning after a wild pitch allowed Garcia to score who walked to begin the third.

Rumley retired the first six batters she faced and in the top of the third, Miller picked up the first hit of the game, singling to left field. Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, Dartmouth got on the board on a double to left center by Miller that scored freshman Alyssa Jorgensen.

Rumley allowed three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Mariah Dawson picked up the win after throwing five innings then giving way to Shelby Graves for the two-inning save. Dawson allowed the only Dartmouth run on the first pitch to Miller.  After Miller’s hit, Graves stymied the Big Green bats for her second save of the season.

Freshman Karen Chaw was the other Big Green member to reach base with a single to left center in the fourth. Gabby Spallone led the Panthers with two hits and a run scored.

In the North Florida contest, The Big Green scored one run in the opening frame with runners on first and second after a double down the left field line by McEachern scored Miller.  The Osprey added a pair in the bottom of the inning with three hits off sophomore Morgan McCalmon. North Florida scored both runs with two outs and runners at the corners off a double to left field by Abby Tewey.  

UNF added its third run of the game in the bottom of the second on a single to the outfield by Kelly Wilson.

Dartmouth began the fourth with a double by Miller and then tied the score at 3-3 on a double by Damore to the outfield.  McCalmon shut down the Osprey in the middle innings not allowing a hit until she faced Kerr in the seventh inning.

McCalmon pitched all six innings with four earned runs, eight hits and three strikeouts. The seventh-inning full count solo homer was the only batter she faced in the inning.

North Florida starter Kayla Goff six hits and two runs before giving way to Kylie Wallace for the next five innings.  She recorded the win allowing just one run and five hits with a game-high four strikeouts.

Dartmouth will meet the Panthers and Osprey again tomorrow at noon and 3 pm, respectively.