INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The field of 64 was announced shortly before 11 p.m. on Sunday evening and the Dartmouth Big Green (31-17) will be one of three teams heading to Arizona State for the Tempe Regional. The Big Green will meet the Sun Devils on Friday, May 16 in the opening game of the double-elimination pod. Joining Dartmouth in Tempe will be San Diego State and Michigan.
“We are incredibly excited to represent Dartmouth in the NCAA Tournament,” said head coach Rachel Hanson. “We are excited to meet Arizona State and play on ESPNU.”
All of the games at the Tempe Regional are being televised by ESPNU. Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza will have the call. The Tempe Regional will begin with Michigan and San Diego State at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. EST. Dartmouth-Arizona State will be the second game at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. EST.
Dartmouth received the Ivy League’s automatic bid after defeating Penn at home last weekend in the Ivy League Championship Series, 2-1. It took a decisive third game on Sunday, May 4 to decide the league’s representative. After winning the first game of the series, 5-1, the Penn Quakers evened the series with a 5-3 win in game two. Penn took an early 3-0 lead in the series finale, but a two-run homer by senior Kara Curosh in the fifth inning and five more runs in the sixth aided Dartmouth to its first-ever Ivy Softball Championship.
Led inside the circle by junior Kristen Rumley and sophomore Morgan McCalmon, the Big Green poses a tough duo for opposing hitters. Rumley finished the season 18-7 with a 1.86 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 177.1 innings. McCalmon developed into a reliable pitcher in her second season and won 10 games with a 2.49 ERA in 92.2 innings.
Not only is she a threat inside the circle, but McCalmon also set Dartmouth’s single-season record with a .389 batting average. She hit six home runs and drove in 27 runners from the cleanup spot. Classmate Katie McEachern is second with a .344 batting average and is the all-time leader in career home runs with 18 after she knocked eight over the fence this season. McEachern also set the single-season double record with 15 and is a great defender at shortstop.
The winner of the Tempe Regional will play the winner of the Gainesville Regional. Florida earned the No. 5 overall seed and will host Florida A&M, Stetson and UCF.
2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
Regionals - Double-Elimination
Alberta B. Farrington Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
All Games on ESPNU
Friday, May 16, 2014
Game 1: 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. EST - San Diego State (39-17) vs. Michigan (42-12)
Game 2: 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. EST - Dartmouth (31-17) at No. 9 overall seed Arizona State (44-10-1)
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Game 3: 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. EST - Winners of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 4: 5:30 p.m. PT/ 8:30 EST - Losers of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 5: 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. EST - Loser of Game 3 and Winner of Game 4
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Game 6: 2:30 PT/ 5:30 p.m. EST - Winner of Game 3 and Game 5
Game 7: 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. EST - *if necessary
Monday, May 12th - General Public All Session Passes will go on sale at 1 p.m. PT. These can be purchased in person, online, or over the phone at 480-727-0000. Fans who pre-purchased their tickets may start picking them up at 1 p.m..
Wednesday, May 14th - If available, single game tickets will go on sale to everyone beginning at 9 a.m. PT. These can be purchased in person, online, or over the phone.
After the first two games, there are no guarantees as to which dugout the teams will play in.
Field Level - $35
Reserved Level - $30
GA Adult - $25
GA Jr/SR/Groups - $20
ASU Students - $20
Single Game Prices
Field Level - $12
Reserved Level - $10
GA Adult - $8
GA Jr/SR/Groups - $7
ASU Students - $7
More information will be available on DartmouthSports.com on Monday morning.