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A Tale of Two Games as Dartmouth Softball Splits with Brown

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Molly Khalil hit her fifth home run of the season to help Dartmouth stage a come back and...     By Gil Talbot

HANOVER, N.H. – In a tale of two games, the Dartmouth (15-16, 8-6 Ivy) softball team dropped the first game of a Sunday doubleheader to Brown (11-17, 6-8 Ivy) before rallying with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap to earn a split. The Bears handed the Big Green its worst loss of the season with a 13-0 defeat in the opener but Molly Khalil's game winning bomb helped the home team take a 6-3 victory in the second game.

Khalil's seventh inning heroics broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh as the junior tallied her fifth homer of the season. Dartmouth jumped on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the third with Brown getting one back in the fourth. Two more runs by the visitors had the Bears taking a 3-2 lead before the Big Green tied things up in hte bottom of the fifth.

Dartmouth started things off with a double to left field by Meghan Everett. She advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Audrey Kolodziej. A second double, this time by Noelle Ramirez brought Everett home as Ramirez advanced to third on a wild pitch. A ground out by Khalil scored Ramirez.

Kat Strobel blasted a home run to straight center field to get one back for the visitors before another home run by Trish Melvin allowed Brown to plate two more in the fifth to take the lead.

Kolodziej began the seventh by singling through the left side with Ramirez up next and earning a walk. With just her second pitch, Khalil homered to left field to score three and get the victory.

Evan Gray picked up her fifth win of the season in the circle. She went the complete game with six strikeouts and three earned runs. At the plate, Ramirez was 2-for-2 with three runs and one RBI while Khalil was 1-for-3 with one run and four RBIs.

In the opening contest it was all Brown as the Bears strung together 13 runs on 11 hits through seven innings to take a 13-0 win. Brown had two runs in the first, five in the third and six in the seventh. Kelsey Williams was stellar for the Bears as she went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI while two different players hit home runs in the contest.

The Big Green had only four hits in the contest as Ramirez, Khalil, Kat Hicks and Hillary Barker were the only ones that were able to get through Brown pitcher, Kristie Chin.

Chin went six innings with three strikeouts. She walked just one batter in the shoutout before Melvin came on in relief and recorded the last out of the game. Barker took the loss for Dartmouth as she struck out two in seven innings of work and gave up just three earned runs.

The Big Green and the Bears will square off tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sachem Field for a second set of North Division games.