HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team tallied 28-runs against Brown in the second doubleheader versus its North Division foe. On Monday afternoon at Sachem Field the Big Green racked up an 8-0 victory in six innings in the opening game before then scoring a school-record 20 in a 20-3 win in five innings in the nightcap.
In the first game of the day the two sides remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when Dartmouth put the first run on the board. But three more runs by the home team in the fifth and four in the sixth ended the game early.
Meghan Everett tallied the first run after reaching with a single through the left side. She came around on the only error by the Bears in the contest.
In the fifth inning Hillary Hubert hit a two-out single to center field with Bianca Smith coming in to pinch run. Smith moved to second when Noelle Ramirez was walked and all three runners crossed the plate when Molly Khalil blasted her team-leading sixth home run of the season.
In the sixth, back-to-back hits by Kat Adams and Everett set up Audrey Kolodziej who knocked a home run that clanged off the scoreboard to score three more. Hubert and Ramirez followed that up with singles up the middle before Hicks singled to right field, plating one more for the final tally of the game.
Kolodziej was 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI wile Hubert was 2-for-3, Hicks was 2-for-4 and Everett was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Evan Gray was stellar in the circle as the sophomore pitcher earned her sixth victory of the season. She went six full innings with two strikeouts while notching her third shutout of the year.
In the nightcap, Dartmouth put eight across in the first, five in the second and seven in the fourth to take a 20-3 victory. The 20 runs sets a new school record for the most in a game, breaking the old record of 16 set in 2001.
The Big Green batted around in all but one of its innings played. In one amazing aspect to the game, there were no extra-base hits as everything hit were only singles.
In the opening inning a lead-off walk to Kolodziej followed up a single by Hubert had runners at first and second for Ramirez who hit a blooper through the left side, bringing Kolodziej home. Hubert and Ramirez each advanced on a wild pitch before an infield error allowed Khalil to get to first as Ramirez scored. A single up the middle by Hicks followed by a walk to Katie Adams scored one more as Barker's hit past third allowed Khalil to beat the run home and Hicks scored on the bobbled ball by the Bears catcher.
Another wild pitch and Brown error scored one more and advanced the runners again before a single by Hubert plated another for an opening eight runs.
A five-run second gave the Big Green a 13-run lead. A walk to Khalil, a single up the middle by Hicks and another walk to Adams loaded the bases as Barker singled to score two. Barker and Adams advanced bases on a wild pitch before a one-out single by Everett allowed both to score. Kolodziej reached on an error as her and Everett again moved over on an out-of-control pitch by Maegan Sloggett. Everett scored on a bases loaded walk before Brown was able to end the inning on a flyout.
The Bears got three back in the top of the fourth when Stephanie Thompson knocked her second hit of the game and then came around to score on a single by Alyssa Caplan. An RBI-single by Kristie Chin and a ground out by Jen Kries scored the only other runs for the Bears.
Ramirez started the bottom half of the fourth with a single to right center before Khalil moved her to second on a hit to almost the exact same spot. Adams loaded the bases when she was awarded first off a catchers interference and then a walk to Jonele Conceicao scored one before Morgan Wharton singled through the left side to plate another. Barker came across on a wild pitch as runners moved to second and third. Hubert reached on a fielding error and then and got all the way to third on a throwing error. Both Wharton and Conceicao scored before Hubert came home on a Ramirez single to account for all the scoring in the frame.
Barker picked up the win the circle as she went the complete game with three strikeouts and three earned runs.
Dartmouth will be back in action on Wednesday, April 27, traveling to Boston College for a doubleheader. The Big Green wraps up the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, April 30 with an important two league games against Harvard.