HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team will head across the United States to sunny California for a 10-day excursion, taking them as far south as San Diego and as far north as Santa Barbara.
- The trip will begin at the Gaucho Classic II, a three-day, five-game invitational at UC-Santa Barbara. The Big Green will meet Portland State, Utah State, Monmouth and the host Gaucho’s.
- The Big Green will shuffle down to San Diego for a meeting with the Toreros on Mar. 19, followed by games at UC-Riverside against Monmouth and the Highlanders on Mar. 20.
- Dartmouth will spend its last three days on the West Coast with six contests against Bethune-Cookman, Canisius, UC-Riverside, Cal Poly and Loyola Maryland.
Sophomore Kelsey Miller was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Mar. 4. Miller led the team with a .533 batting average and a team-high eight hits. She also belted a solo home run against Fairfield. Miller finished the weekend with three multi-hit games and two stolen bases. Her weekend high was three hits against the Stags. Miller leads the Ivy League with 14 hits.
Freshman Karen Chaw began the season winning back-to-back Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. At the JMU Invite, she hit .313 with two homers and a team-best seven RBI. She was third on the team with five hits. Chaw hit both of her long balls in the opening day of the invite, when she sent a three-run shot to snap a 2-0 deficit. Her second home run of the day was in the first-inning against Fairfield. She now leads the Ancient Eight in home runs with three, and RBIs with 10.
Junior Kristen Rumley is tied with seven others leading the Ivy League with three doubles. Hitting .360 on the season, Rumley has nine hits and has been the squad’s best pitcher with a 2-3 record. Rumley leads the league in innings pitched at 37.0 in six appearances.
The Vikings are 3-14 overall this season and have participated in five tournaments so far. The team is 0-2 against nationally ranked opponents, having dropped a pair to Stanford. PSU defeated Indiana and New Mexico to begin the season, but have dropped its last six. Brit Hendrickson leads the team with a .309 batting average with nine RBI. Megan Hendrix is 2-2 with a 6.53 ERA inside the circle.
At 5-7, the Aggies were swept at the Highlander Classic and a two-game series with CSU Bakersfield and Cal State Northridge before entering the Gaucho Classic II. Victoria Saucedo sits at the top of the Utah State offense with a .417 batting average with three home runs and nine RBI. Noelle Johnson is 4-5 with a 3.72 ERA with 65 strikeouts for Utah State.
Separated by 315 miles, the Hawks and Big Green will meet on the final day of the Classic, but will also renew each other’s acquaintance a few days later in Riverside. The Hawks are 4-5 this season after two separate events in Virginia. Monmouth split games with Cornell at the Mason Invitational and defeated the hosts 3-0 in their last game. Vanessa Cardoza leads the nest with a .364 batting average. Sydney Underhill is 2-3 for the Hawks with a 3.89 ERA.
UC SANTA BARBARA
The host of the Gaucho Classic II, UC Santa Barbara is 15-5 and swept the Nevada Classic last weekend. This is the second Classic, hosted by the beautiful city of Santa Barbara this season. Kristen Clark leads the Gaucho’s with 32 hits in 77 at-bats. Shelby Wisdom has a team-high 14 RBI and is 5-4 inside the circle. Andriana Collins has a 6-1 record with a 2.65 ERA.