HARRISONBURG, VA. – Freshman Karen Chaw hit a pair of home runs and the Dartmouth softball team split games on Saturday for its first win of the season, defeating Penn State, 6-3, before falling to Fairfield, 7-3, at the James Madison Tournament.
Chaw’s two homers were responsible for five of the nine runs scored by the Big Green. Junior Kristen Rumley, sophomore Kelsey Miller and Chaw each had three hits to lead the team. Rumley also helped the squad in the circle, picking up her first win of the season in the triumph over the Nittany Lions.
In the first game of the day, Chaw led the team with three RBIs after belting a homer to snap a 2-0 deficit in the fifth. Rumley picked up her first win, pitching a complete game and allowing three runs on 10 hits.
Holding a 3-2 lead, Penn State tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to left-center by Karlie Habitz. The Big Green regained the lead in the sixth on an RBI double by sophomore Brianna Lohmann that scored senior Alex St. Romain to put Dartmouth up, 4-3.
In the opening inning of the Fairfield game, both sides hit a home run and scored five combined runs. Fairfield’s Nicole Capra singled to right field to plate Kristen Filicia, who led off with a walk. Lauren Liseth then knocked a home run over the left-field fence to give the Stags a 3-0 lead. Dartmouth answered back in the bottom of the frame, beginning with a leadoff single by Miller and then another home run by Chaw, her second of the day.
After allowing three runs in the first, sophomore Morgan McCalmon shut down the Stags for the next three innings, but allowed a run in the fifth. Holding a 4-2 lead, Fairfield added three more runs in the sixth for a five-run cushion.
In the bottom of the seventh, senior Kara Curosh hit a solo home run to left field, but Fairfield’s Rae Ball finished out the complete game. Ball allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
Dartmouth will conclude the James Madison Tournament with an early morning contest against Fairfield at 9:30 a.m., followed by a showdown with the host, JMU, at 11:30 a.m.