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Softball Posts Back-to-Back Shutouts at LMU Invitational II

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By Lauren Gordon

LOS ANGELES  – Junior Kristen Rumley pitched a one-hit shutout and freshman Ashley Sissel and sophomore Morgan McCalmon combined for a two-hit shutout, as Dartmouth defeated Canisius, 2-0, and Bethune-Cookman, 4-0, respectively, on Friday afternoon at the LMU Invitational II.

These are the first back-to-back shutouts for the Big Green since last season, when they blanked Yale, 5-0 and 8-0, on Apr. 21. The last time Dartmouth had a one-hit shutout was on Apr. 13, when Rumley defeated Brown, 10-0.

Rumley struck out 11 batters for her sixth win of the season allowing just a single in the first inning. After the hit, she fanned 10 of the next 19 batters. Dartmouth scored its first run in the fourth inning on an RBI single to left field by junior Megan Averitt that plated freshman Maddie Damore. Rumley helped her cause with an RBI ground out in the sixth.

In the first game against Bethune-Cookman, Sissel continued to shine out west and was perfect through 4.1 innings, before allowing a pair of singles. She was replaced by McCalmon, who did not allow a hit in the final 2.2 innings, picking up her first win of the season. The duo allowed just two hits with six total strikeouts.

The game was scoreless until Dartmouth put up four runs in the fifth. McCalmon led off with a solo home run to left field and then sophomore Katie McEachern hit her second three-run homer of the season over the left center wall.  

Bailey Conner pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

The Big Green racked up with 14 hits on the day and went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position Dartmouth improves to 9-10 on the season with four more games remaining in California before returning to Hanover. The Big Green will compete in the second day of competition at the LMU Invitational II on Saturday against UC Riverside at 12 p.m. and Canisius at 4 p.m.