HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Columbia on Saturday (April 7). The Big Green fell, 9-0, in six innings in the first game and fell, 7-1, in the late contest.

Dartmouth (8-15, 1-7 Ivy League) had trouble on the offensive side of the ball the entire day, registering just one run against the Lions. In the first game, Columbia (9-22, 3-5 Ivy League) used runs in the top of the first four innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead before claiming a 9-0 shortened victory.

The Lions scored their first run of the day in the top of the first on an illegal pitch from freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and from there used hits in the next three innings to pull ahead.

The Big Green had a chance to tie things up in the first inning and with two walks placed two runners on base. Dartmouth used a single from Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) to load the bases but right fielder Britta McOmber (Chatham, N.J.) was thrown out at home and the inning ended with a strikeout.

Columbia's Tristin Moone put a damper on any hopes of a late rally by the Big Green as she hit a three-run home run, her second home run of the afternoon in the sixth inning, to end the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Hicks lead the way from the plate going 2-of-3 while Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) and Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.) also added runs. In the circle, Dartmouth used three pitchers with Rumley earning the start. Rumley and classmate Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.) combined for 0.3 innings each allowing one run. Junior Evan Gray (Edmond, Okla.) came in and pitched 5.0 innings allowing seven runs on eight hits.

The second game started very similar to the first game with Columbia jumping out to a 5-0 lead after a four-run second inning but in contrast to the first game, the Big Green were able to calm down in the second half of the game.

Hicks, who saw her first action in the circle this season, came in with two outs in the second inning and got the Big Green out of the inning without allowing any more runs.

After the second inning, Dartmouth's defense was pretty good, keeping the Lions off the board for the most part, holding them t just two more runs in the final five innings.  A home run from third baseman Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.), her second of the season helped the Big Green avoid a second consecutive shutout.

Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.) and Ramirez were both 2-of-3 from the plate in the second game while Hubert and Everett also added hits.

Dartmouth opens North Division action with a four-game series at Brown April 14-15.  First pitch for Saturday and Sunday's contests is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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Dartmouth vs. Columbia (Game 1)

Columbia 9, Dartmouth 0 (Apr 07, 2012 at Hanover, N.H.) (Game 1)

Columbia............ 111 303  -  9  8  0      (8-22, 2-5 Ivy)
Dartmouth........... 000 000  -  0  4  0      (8-14, 1-6 Ivy)

Pitchers: Columbia - Darling, Brooke and Caggiano, Liz. Dartmouth - Rumley,Kristen; Hein,Rachel(1); Gray,Evan(2) and St.Romain,Alex.
Win-Darling, Brooke(5-11)  Loss-Rumley,Kristen(4-7)  T-2:00  A-200
HR COL - Moone, Tristin 2.
Hein faced 2 batters in the 2nd.

Dartmouth vs. Columbia (Game 2)
Columbia 7, Dartmouth 1 (Apr 07, 2012 at Hanover, N.H.) (Game 2)

Columbia............ 141 001 0 -  7 12  0      (9-22, 3-5 Ivy)
Dartmouth........... 000 001 0 -  1  7  2      (8-15, 1-7 Ivy)

Pitchers: Columbia - Darling, Brooke and Caggiano, Liz. Dartmouth - Barker,Hillary; Hicks,Kat(2) and Adams,Katie.
Win-Darling, Brooke(6-11)  Loss-Barker,Hillary(2-5)  T-2:00  A-205
HR DART - Ramirez,Noelle.
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