THIS WEEK IN DARTMOUTH SOFTBALL
After soaking up the sun for a week and a half, the Dartmouth softball team is back in the Northeast and dealing with the lasting effects of an annoyance known as winter. After canceling Tuesday’s home opener with UMass Lowell, the Big Green will now have to wait an extra day before beginning Ivy League play. The team will now play a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader against Cornell and Princeton, respectively, rather than the traditional Friday/Saturday loop.
The Big Green completed a 14-game Pacific Ocean road trip with an 8-6 record, but dropped their final three games of the trip at the LMU Invitational II.
BIG GREEN TIDBITS
GAUCHO CLASSIC II
The Big Green finished 4-1 in Santa Barbara, and scored in double digits twice against Portland St, 11-5 and 11-2. Junior Kristen Rumley was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week (3/18) and finished the week with a 2-1 record and posted a 1.75 earned run average. In three appearances, the southpaw struck out 21 batters in 16.0 innings with just two walks. In her first game of the week against Portland St., Rumley struck out eight batters en route to an 11-5 win and her third win of the season. Against Utah St., Rumley pitched a complete game but was dealt the loss after allowing two late runs to the Aggies. She finished the game with a season-best nine strikeouts. Kelsey Miller was also honored that week as the Ivy League Co-Player of the week. The sophomore corner infielder belted a .471 batting average in five games with 17 at bats. She led the team with eight hits and six RBI. Miller had five extra base hits – three doubles, one triple and one home run – and was perfect on the base paths with three steals.
LAST WEEK RECAP
After a great start out west, the Big Green dropped five-of-nine during the week. In the first game of the week, Dartmouth needed an extra-inning three-run blast by sophomore Katie McEachern to push them past San Diego, 9-6. McEachern used her power once again with her second three-run explosion in a, 4-0, win over Bethune-Cookman to begin the LMU Invitational II.
Rumley mowed down 37 batters in 30.2 innings last week with a 2.51 earned run average. In six appearances and four starts, the southpaw went the distance three times with one shutout and a 3-2 record. She helped her cause with seven hits, a pair of doubles and four RBI.
MILLER HIGH LIFE
After claiming her second weekly honor to begin the SoCal trip, Miller picked up five more hits with three RBI and a team-best .357 batting average. Overall on the trip, she had 13 hits, six for extra bases and nine RBI.
Freshman Chloe Madill hit her first collegiate home run against Canisius (3/22). She finished the trip hitting .304 with two doubles and five RBI.
MAD ABOUT MADELINE
Freshman Maddie Damore enjoyed a return to California and hit .306 with five doubles and five RBI.
At 7-10 on the season, Cornell is still looking to break out of an offensive slump, as the Big Red are hitting .243 as a team. Leading the way is senior Christina Villalon with a .351 batting average.
Princeton struggled early this season and enters the weekend with a 5-15 record. The Tigers will meet Harvard on Saturday. Maddie Cousens leads the Tigers with a .286 batting average.
UP NEXTThe Big Green will take on Hartford on Tuesday, before retuning to Hanover for the home opener on Friday against Columbia and Saturday versus Penn.