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Softball Falls to FIU and UNF on Saturday

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By Mark Washburn
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MIAMI, FLA. –   Freshman Karen Chaw hit her first collegiate home run against Florida International, but the Dartmouth softball team dropped both games on Saturday, 6-2 to the Panthers and 5-0 to North Florida.

Chaw’s two-run blast was the only offence the Big Green could muster over 14 innings, as the opposition outscored them 11-2. The team finished with eight hits on the day, but allowed 18.  The Big Green used all four available pitchers in both contests with junior Kristen Rumley pitching a complete game in the loss to UNF.

In the opening contest against FIU, The Panthers raced out to a 5-0 lead after three innings before Chaw went the distance in the fourth. Junior Megan Averitt led off the inning with a single to left field and then scored on the shot.  FIU added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. After back-to-back two-out singles by the hosts, Aleim Lopez doubled to left field and scored Marisa McGregor.

Freshman Ashley Sissel struggled in her first collegiate start recording two outs and allowing three runs on three hits. Sophomore Morgan McCalmon pitched though the fifth-inning and surrendered two earned runs on six hits. Classmate Alex Jarvis finished the game and pitched two scoreless innings.

In the second game of the day, North Florida shut down the Big Green 5-0 with just three hits against Kylie Wallace. Rumley allowed just hit past the third inning, but the Osprey bats woke up in the fourth with back-to-back hits. With runners in scoring position, Marissa sent a sacrifice fly to right field and scored leadoff batter Kelly Wilson from third.

North Florida added single runs in the next two innings to take a 3-0 lead. In the seventh, Wilson singled with one out to left field then stole second.  Two batters later, Thomas hit a two-run homer to give the designated visitors a 5-0 edge.  The full seven-inning complete game is Rumley’s first of the season. She allowed four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Dartmouth will complete its five-game trip to the Sunshine State tomorrow with a noon start against North Florida.