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Softball Meets #4/4 Arizona State in NCAA Regionals on Friday

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Tempe Regional Schedule

Michgan/San Diego St.
Date: May 16, 2014 |  Time: 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET |  Venue: Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium (1,535|  Location: Tempe, Ariz.

Dartmouth/Arizona St.
Date: May 16, 2014 |  Time: 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET |  Venue: Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium (1,535|  Location: Tempe, Ariz.  

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

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The Dartmouth softball team will make its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Friday when they meet #4/4 Arizona State in the Tempe Regional of the NCAA Tournament at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on ESPU, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza on the call.

The Big Green and Sun Devils will take the field at the conclusion of the opening contest featuring Michigan and San Diego State. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 ET.


1. LEADER OF THE PACK - Sophomore Morgan McCalmon has jumped into the top spot in the Dartmouth individual season record books, hitting .389 on the season.  Classmate Katie McEachern is first in RBI in a season with 38 and first in doubles (15). McEachern also owns the Dartmouth career record with 18 home runs.

2. THE QUEEN OF MEAN - Junior Kristen Rumley already owned a few records after her first two season in Hanover, but this season, she became the all-time leader in wins with 46, strikeouts (529) and innings pitched (490.0). Her 193 K’s this season tops the individual season record mark.

3. SURVIVOR: PACIFIC - After starting the season on the East Coast, 2-7, the Big Green turned the season around, going 8-6 on the West Coast. Since the trip, Dartmouth has won 21 of its final 25 games.

4. HI, MOM! - This will be the first nationally televised game for the Big Green this season, but in games streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network, the team went 16-2.

5. HALF CENTURY MARK - Head coach Rachel Hanson picked up her 50th Ivy League win when her team clinched the Ivy North Title at Harvard on April 28.

6. BABY GENIUSES - Dartmouth is the second youngest team entering the NCAA Tournament. Central Florida is the youngest with zero seniors and just four juniors. Joining Dartmouth with two seniors and two juniors is Nebraska.

7. FIELDING PERCENTAGE - Dartmouth is ranked 29th in the NCAA and leads the Ivy in team fielding percentage at .971.  The Big Green have committed just 40 errors in 48 games. Senior Kara Curosh and freshman Maddie Damore have the fewest errors among the starting infielders.

IVY LEAGUE HONORS - Sophomore Morgan McCalmon was named the 2014 Ivy League Softball Player of the Year, joining junior Kristen Rumley who was tabbed Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Both McCalmon and Rumley were also selected to the All-Ivy First-Team along with sophomore shortstop Katie McEachern. Rumley and McEachern were chosen as unanimous decisions at their respective positions. McCalmon’s first-team selection was at the designated player position. She then picked up All-Ivy Second-Team recognition as a pitcher. Senior Kara Curosh was the fourth Big Green member voted to an All-Ivy team. 

DAMORE, MORE MORE - On April 12, Freshman Maddie Damore nailed three home runs in a single-Ivy game. In game two of the Saturday afternoon sweep over the Yale Bulldogs, Damore hit three consecutive home runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. She is the first Ivy freshman to clip three homers since Cornell’s Kate Varde hit three against the Big Green on April 13, 2001. Damore added her final RBI of the weekend in the nightcap of Sunday’s series sweep over Yale.

SIX, PICK UP STICKS - Dartmouth has been most productive in the sixth inning this season, scoring a best 40 runs out of 219.  The team has hit 10 home runs during the frame, also a team-high.


First Meeting - The Big Green and Sun Devils have never met before in softball, but Dartmouth’s former Asst. AD for marketing Steph Bambury now works at ASU in the Sun Devil IMG Sports Marketing department.

SCOUTING ARIZONA ST. - The Sun Devils enter the NCAA Tournament ranked fourth in both Softball and USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll. After dropping two of its last three games over the weekend to UCLA, and losing and picking up a tie with Oregon, Arizona State was seeded ninth in the NCAA Tournament.  Led by pitcher Dallas Escobedo, who posted a 22-7 record with a 1.85 ERA during the regular season, the Sun Devils possess a high octane pitching staff, which includes Mackenzie Popescue who also won 20 games on the season. A challenging task will be to stop ASU’s potent offense, which as a team hit .327 and is led by Amber Freeman, the 21st best hitter in the nation with a .424 batting average. Freeman is tied for second on the team with 11 home runs and is also second with 44 RBI.

First Meeting - Dartmouth and Michigan have never squared off before in softball, but assistant coach Dorian Shaw was an All-American for the Wolverines in 2010.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN – having dropped three spots in this week’s national poll to #13, the Michigan Wolverines fell to BigTen Champion Minnesota to put them on the road in the NCAA Regionals for the second-straight season. At 42-14, Michigan’s Sierra Romero leads the NCAA hitting .510 on the season (73-143). She also bests her team in home runs (16) and RBI (62).  Michigan as a squad is second in on-base percentage (.428), fourth in team hitting (.343) and eighth in scoring (347).Haylie Wagner is 21-3 with a 1.55 ERA in 140.0 innings. Megan Betsa picked up 16 wins on the season with a 1.97 ERA.

SDSU, 2-0 - The Aztecs took both meetings with the Big Green, 8-0 (5) and 3-2 on Saturday, March 20, 2004. 

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO ST. - The Aztecs reached the NCAA Tournament after winning the Mountain West Conference outright. The team finished the season 39-17 and 16-8 in conference play. Patrice Jackson leads the team with 16 home runs and 48 RBI. Inside the circle, Danielle O’Toole is 30-8 with a 1.66 ERA.


Position Number Player Batting Average
2B 2 Kara Curosh .276
LF 24 Chloe Madill .294
SS 21 Katie McEachern .344
DP 19 Morgan McCalmon .389
3B 13 Kelsey Miller .336
RF 9 Karen Chaw .281
P 8 Kristen Rumley .303
1B 26 Maddie Damore .229
CF 1 Megan Averitt .265
Flex - C 15 Alex St. Romain .130


  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th x Totals
Opponent 23 16 15 25 12 18 22 2 0 0 133
Dartmouth 28 27 30 27 36 40 27 3 1 0 219