SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. – The Dartmouth softball team split a pair of games on Saturday at the Gaucho Classic II, falling in the opener to Utah State, 2-1, and then crushing Portland State, 11-2, in five innings.
In the first game, Dartmouth junior Kristen Rumley (3-4) and Utah State’s (8-13) Noelle Johnson (7-8) pitched complete games for their respective squads. Rumley allowed runs in the seventh, while Johnson's would-be shutout was erased by an error in the fourth.
Dartmouth scored its lone run in the fourth after a single by freshman Karen Chaw and a walk to sophomore Katie McEachern put runners at first and second. Chaw scored the run for Dartmouth after classmate Chloe Madill grounded to Utah State’s second baseman Allison Lenzora, but the fielder threw the ball away allowing Chaw the opportunity to take both bases.
Leading 1-0 and needing just two outs to complete the win, the Aggies’ Libby Pederson singled through the right side and then scored after a triple by Lenzora tied the game. Utah State’s game-winning run came the same way Dartmouth scored in the fourth stanza, with a runner on first and second, an error by freshman first baseman Maddie Damore allowed Lenzora to score.
Rumley struck out nine batters and allowed six hits with one earned run. Johnson allowed five hits and had five strikeouts.
Dartmouth’s second game was anything but a pitchers’ duel, as the Big Green torched the Vikings with 11 runs and mercied them in five innings. Led by Miller with three RBI and Madill with three hits, the Big Green scored four times in the second and five times in the fifth stanza. The team finished with five players with multiple hits and four players with multi-RBI performances.
Freshman Ashley Sissel (1-1) put in her best performance thus far, earning her first collegiate win with three innings inside the circle. Sissel allowed two runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Sophomore Alex Jarvis pitched the final two frames and was nearly perfect, allowing just a hit and walk with three strikeouts.
Neither scored in the opening inning, but Dartmouth added four runs in the second off four hits. Dartmouth’s runs came on a pair of RBI singles by Miller and Damore. The Vikings scored twice in the bottom of the second to cut the Dartmouth lead to 4-2.
The designated visitors added two more runs in the third, with back-to-back doubles by McEachern and Damore to begin the frame. Sissel added the second run on a groundout to the second baseman.
Dartmouth completed the rout in the fifth with five runs to take the 11-2 edge. The Big Green’s five-run rally came with two outs and runners in scoring position. Junior Megan Averitt singled to center field and scored Damore who walked and freshman Alyssa Loyless who doubled down the right field line. Senior Kara Curosh then scored two more runs as Averitt and Madill scored. Madill singled after Averitt's hit.
Leading 10-2, the Big Green scored its final run of the night when the next batter Miller roped a double to left center to score Curosh.
Dartmouth will complete the Gaucho Classic II tomorrow when they meet Monmouth and host UCSB.