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Softball Opens North Division Play at Brown

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By John and Matt Risley

Dartmouth Softball
Sat., Apr. 14
- at Brown (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Apr 15
- at Brown (DH), 12:30 p.m.


The Dartmouth softball team heads back out on the road for the start of Ivy League North Division play. The Big Green head to Providence, R.I., for a four-game set with Brown. The series kicks off on Saturday (April 14) at 12:30 p.m. at the Brown Softball Field. 


On The Road Again - After opening the 2012 home slate last weekend with home games against Penn and Columbia, Dartmouth hits the road again for its next six games. First up is a four-game set at Brown followed by a trip to Albany, N.Y. on Wednesday, April 18 for a midweek doubleheader.

Divisional Opener - This weekend marks the start of divisional play for both Dartmouth and Brown. Dartmouth, who finished in second place in the North Division last season, is looking for their second North Division title after winning the division in 2009. The Big Green has finished in the top two of the North Division in each of the last five seasons.

Big Green in the Ivy League - The Big Green has posted at least .500 records in five of the last six seasons. Dartmouth had its best season in 2009 when they went 13-7 in Ivy League action; the most Ivy League wins in program history and clinched the North Division for the first time.

Rumley and Ramirez Earn Spots on Ivy League Honor Roll- Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and junior third baseman Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) each earned spots on the Ivy League honor roll this week. Rumley fanned a career-best 10 batters in a 1-0 win over Penn on Friday (April 6) while Ramirez hit .545 (6-of-11) from the plate over the weekend with her second home run of the season.

Hicks Takes to the Circle - Senior Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) showcased her versatility during Dartmouth's doubleheader against Columbia by heading to the pitchers circle for the first time this season. Hicks threw, 5.2 innings allowing just two runs on seven hits.

Ramirez is Gettin' On Base - Junior Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) seems to have settled into her groove as of late. She has six multiple hits games to her credit this season and has currently reached base in six consecutive games. Teammate Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) has the longest reached base streak this season, reaching in nine consecutive games.

Tough Start to Ivy League Action - The Big Green opened Ivy League play with a 0-4 record after dropping both doubleheaders to Princeton and Cornell (March 30 and 31) Dartmouth hasn't started 0-4 in Ivy League action in the last seven seasons and only started 0-2 in 2008 and 2010.  The Big Green is currently 1-7 entering the weekend after picking up a win over previously undefeated Penn on April 6.

Snapping a Streak - The Big Green's win over Penn (April 6) snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Big Green, the longest losing streak of the season. The Big Green had a six-game losing streak last season.

Not Only Can Rumley Pitch, She Can Hit - Freshman pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) demonstrated her versatility against Stetson (Mar. 21). Pitching the second game of the doubleheader, Rumley threw six strikeouts and allowed just one run. She was also 4-of-4 from the plate in the second game with an RBI. In both games against the Hatters, she was 5-of-5 from the plate, her first at bats of the season. She is the lone Big Green player to have four hits in a single game this season.

Road Warriors - It isn't uncommon for schools in the Northeast to spend long parts of the opening month of the season on the road and the Big Green are no exception. Dartmouth will play 22 games, over half of its schedule, on the road before opening the home schedule on April 6.  Additionally, the Big Green will take up residence in the Sunshine state in March. Dartmouth makes its third consecutive appearance and sixth appearance in the last eight seasons at the USF Invitational and will play six games in that tournament. Dartmouth also will take on the likes of Stetson, North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast in non-conference games. Not a bad way to spend spring break!

Rookies on Board - The Big Green welcome a six-member freshman class this season. The class features players from all over the country highlighted by two players from California. Joining the Dartmouth softball team are Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.), Mariah Claw (Chinle, Ariz.), Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.), Sawyer Hulbert (Foster City, Calif.), Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and Rhiannon Saucedo (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Thomason - Assistant coach Marie Thomason is the newest addition to the Dartmouth softball family, joining the team less than a month ago. Thomason comes to Hanover from Virginia where she held assistant coaching positions at Virginia Wesleyan and Norfolk State.

A Look at the Competition
- Brown enters this weekend with a 6-16, 3-5 Ivy League record after taking a 2-1 win over Princeton in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday (April 7). The Bears will have a chance to add to its win total, as they will take on Rhode Island in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday (April 11).  The Bears have defeated Columbia and Princeton in league action. The Bears offense is led by Stephanie Thompson who is batting .536 (37-of-69) with a team-best 37 hits and 14 runs. She also has 20 RBIs on the season. Kate Strobel is Brown's next leading hitter, batting .403 (27-of-67) with 13 runs and 27 hits. She leads the squad in home runs with six and has 20 RBIs. Thompson and Strobel are Brown's only players batting over .300. In the circle for Brown, Jessica Cherness is 5-6 with 14 appearances and 10 games started. She leads the pitching staff with 36 strikeouts in 65.2 innings. Denise Vander Goot has a team-best 4.83 ERA and a 1-5 record in 15 appearances and eight games started. She has 35 strikeouts on the season.  Last season, Dartmouth won the series 3-1. The Big Green dropped the opener, 13-0 but rebounded with three straight wins, including two shortened games.

Dartmouth Set to Open Dartmouth Softball Park in 2012 - Dartmouth Athletics will be opening the Dartmouth Softball Park this season. The $3.1 million project will include wrap around seating for 400 fans, sunken dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, press box, scoreboard and an artificial FieldTurf playing surface with superior drainage capacity. The team will use a locker room, training room and public restrooms that are already located within the Chase Field Complex. Take a look at Dartmouth's construction photo gallery here.

Captain, My Captain - Seniors Meghan Everett (Flemington, N.J.) and Molly Khalil (Seal Beach, Calif.) and junior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the 2012 softball squad this season.

Skipper Hanson Back for Second Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her second season as head skipper of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson posted a 17-22 record in her first season and coached the Big Green to within two games of the North Division title. Assistant coach Lindsay Foreman returns for her second season while Marie Thomason joins the staff this season.

Follow the Big Green Softball Team on Facebook - Make sure to keep up with the latest information Dartmouth softball team by "liking" their page on Facebook, you can find the page by searching Dartmouth College Softball.

Up Next
Wed., Apr. 18
-at Albany (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Sat., April 21
- vs. Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun, April 22
- vs. Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.