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McEachern's Extra-Inning Three-Run Homer Leads Dartmouth

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By Lauren Gordon

SAN DIEGO –  Sophomore Katie McEachern blasted a three-run home run in the eighth inning as the Dartmouth softball team upset San Diego, 9-6, on Wednesday evening at USD Softball Complex. Dartmouth improves to 7-8 on the season. San Diego is now 14-12.

Tied, 6-6, heading into extra innings, freshman Chloe Madill led off with a single in front of the circle and then advanced to second as sophomore Kelsey Miller reached on an error by the shortstop. With runners at first and second, McEachern sent a long-ball over the left field fence to give the Big Green a three-run lead.

McEachern led the Big Green with four RBI with a pair of extra base hits. Junior Kristen Rumley was a key factor inside both the batter’s box and the circle, finishing with three hits and an RBI and was credited with the win after pitching the final 2.2 scoreless innings.  Rumley is now 5-4 on the season.  Miller and freshman Karen Chaw also aided the Dartmouth offense with a single and an RBI, respectively.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Sissel started for the Big Green and allowed four earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings. The rookie also struck out six batters with one walk. Sophomore Morgan McCalmon pitched two scoreless innings of middle relief and allowed the game-tying solo home run in the sixth to Olivia Sandusky. 

Dartmouth scored a pair of runs in the top of the second, as USD committed its first of three errors on the day. Freshman Maddie Damore singled down the right field line to begin the stanza and then moved to second after a single through the left side by sophomore Kathy Dzienkowski. With one out and runners at first and second, junior Megan Averitt reached on an error by San Diego starting pitcher Cassidy Coleman. Averitt then advanced to second on a throw. The error allowed Damore to round third and score. Dartmouth's second run was also unearned by Coleman due to an error by the left fielder.

The Toreros scored in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double by Sandusky. UDS then tied the game in the following inning with an RBI single to right center by Chloe Kaneko.

The Big Green regained the lead, 4-2, on a pair of RBI doubles by Rumley and McEachern. San Diego took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the frame on a three-run blast by Charly Swanberg.

Trailing, 5-4, Rumley singled to short in the sixth and was replaced by pitch runner, freshman Alyssa Loyless, who scored the tying run after Miller doubled. The Big Green took their third lead of the game with a one-out groundout by Chaw that scored Miller from third.

San Diego tied the game for the second time with Sandusky’s homer in the sixth stanza. After tying the score at six-all, San Diego loaded the bases, and forced a pitching change by Dartmouth. However, Rumley retired the side with a strikeout and a groundout to keep the game knotted at six.

Both pitchers dominated the seventh-inning by not allowing a hit. Rumley struck out the first two batters and then got a groundout to send the game into extra innings.

Holding the 9-6 lead off McEachern’s blast, Rumley secured the win with three groundouts in the bottom of the eighth.  

Sandusky led the Toreros with three hits and two RBI. Kylie Ordos had two hits. Jenny Lahitte was dealt the loss, allowing two earned runs in the final three innings.

Dartmouth will travel to Riverside for a pair of games tomorrow against Monmouth and UC Riverside.