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Rumley Secures Win Over Fairfield, Falls in Walk-off to JMU

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By Mark Washburn

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Dartmouth softball team completed the James Madison Tournament with its second consecutive split, taking the first game over Fairfield, 4-1, but falling to host JMU on a walk-off double in the seventh 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Kelsey Miller led the Big Green with five hits on the day, including a leadoff home run against the Stags. Freshman Karen Chaw continues to impress in her young collegiate career with two hits and a pair of RBI in the JMU contest. Junior Kristen Rumley threw her second consecutive complete game against Fairfield this weekend and was in pure ace form with nine strikeouts allowing only one run on four hits.

Mille got the Big Green on the board in the first inning of the Fairfield game as she sent a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall. Fairfield tied the game in the bottom of the inning and wasted little time as leadoff hitter Kristen Filicia singled and then scored on a triple by Sammy Ruffalo. Both Rumley and Fairfield’s Rebecca Trott owned the zone and held each team at bay until the sixth inning, when Dartmouth added a pair to take a 3-1 lead. 

After a strikeout and a walk to freshman Chloe Madill to begin the frame, sophomore Katie McEachern was given a green light and homered to deep center field on a 3-0 count. In the seventh, Rumley helped her own cause with an RBI double to right center to score sophomore Morgan McCalmon who led off with a double of her own. Rumley allowed one hit in the final four innings to secure her second win of the season.

In the final contest of the weekend, pitching was a major key for the first four innings, as Rumley stood in the circle for the Big Green looking for her second victory of the day. The game was scoreless until the fifth, when Dartmouth added its only two runs of the day. Senior Kara Curosh and Miller singled to the outfield with one out and then scored on Dartmouth’s third hit of the inning. With runners on first and second, Chaw sent a two-out blast to center field and scored both runners.

Rumley kept Dartmouth up 2-0 with six outs remaining, but JMU’s offense woke up in the sixth and tied the game with an RBI single and RBI sacrifice fly. Tied 2-2 heading into the final inning, Dartmouth threatened with runners in scoring position, but Jailyn Ford got Chaw to pop out.

The Dukes’ began the seventh with an infield single and then a sacrifice bunt to move the runner into scoring position. The next batter, Hannah Hayes hit a double to center field that scored the game-winning tally for the hosts.

McCalmon was dealt the loss after relieving Rumley in the sixth. She allowed one run on three hits for her second defeat of the season.  Ford went the distance for JMU allowing two runs on nine hits with four strike outs. 

After the completion of the tournament, Chaw and Rumley were named to the JMU Softball Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Dartmouth will return to Hanover and will not play again until Mar. 14 when they head out west to compete in the UC Santa Barbara Tournament and LMU Tournament. The Big Green will also take on San Diego, Monmouth and UC Riverside in non-tournament games.

2014 JMU Softball Invitational Most Valuable Player
Maddy Grimm, Kent State

2014 JMU Softball Invitational All-Tournament Team
Karen Chaw -- Dartmouth
Erica Field – James Madison

Maddy Grimm (MVP) – Kent State
Karlie Habitz – Penn State
Hannah Hayes – James Madison

Lauren McNeil – Kent State
Taylor Newton – James Madison
Dani Ramos – Kent State
Sammy Ruffalo -- Fairfield
Kristen Rumley – Dartmouth