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Softball Drops Final Game at FIU Tournament

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By Mark Washburn

MIAMI, FLA.  – Trailing 5-1 in the top of the seventh inning, the Dartmouth softball team scored two runs with one out, but North Florida halted the comeback, defeating the Big Green 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at FIU Softball Stadium.

Sophomore Kelsey Miller and freshmen Alyssa Jorgensen and Karen Chaw finished with six of the nine hits for the Big Green and were responsible for two RBI.

Dartmouth picked up three hits in the opening frame and took a 1-0 lead off Chaw’s single to left field that scored Jorgensen who reached on a single earlier in the inning. UNF tied the contest in the bottom of the inning. Junior Kristen Rumley and UNF’s Kayla Goff got locked into  a pitcher’s dual until the Osprey scored single runs in the fourth and fifth inning to gain a 3-1 lead. Goff was successful getting out of a jam in the sixth, as Dartmouth had runners at first and second with no outs and forced a pop out, ground out and strikeout.

UNF added insurance runs in the sixth with an RBI double by Mariah Reynolds and then an RBI single to the outfield by Rachel Engel.

Dartmouth trailed by four heading into the final inning. Freshman Chloe Madill was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on an error by the catcher. She moved over to third on a single up the middle by senior Kara Curosh. Madill scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Brianna Lohmann. The next batter, Miller, gave Dartmouth its second run of the inning on a single up the middle that scored Curosh. UNF’s reliever Cortney Radke finished the game with a pair of strikeouts.

Rumley pitched five innings for the Big Green, allowing two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Sophomore Morgan McCalmon and Alex Jarvis pitched the sixth-inning after McCalmon surrendered both Osprey runs.

Goff and Radke split the game with Goff allowing one run on five hits in 3.1 innings with three strikeouts. Radke allowed one earned run with three strikeouts in 3.2 runs.

Dartmouth will return to Hanover, but will travel back down south next weekend to Harrisburg, Va., as they compete in the James Madison Tournament. The Big Green will meet Kent State and host JMU on Friday.