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Softball Continues Florida Road Trip

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The Big Green close out their spring break trip wiht non-conference contests and the FAU...     By Mark Washburn
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Wed., March 20- vs. Rutgers (Tampa, Fla.), 4:30 p.m.
Wed., March 20- at USF (Tampa, Fla.), 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21- at Florida Gulf Coast (Fort Myers, Fla.), 4:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sun, March 22-24 - at FAU Invitational (Boca Raton, Fla.), All Day

The Dartmouth softball team (8-5) continues its stay in the Sunshine State with non-conference contests against Rutgers, USF and Florida Gulf Coast before closing in-season tournament action at the FAU Invitational over the weekend. The Big Green will face host FAU, Iowa State, Elon and Bethune-Cookman in tournament action.

Dartmouth Game Schedule
Wednesday, March 20  - vs. Rutgers, 4:30 p.m. (Single Game at USF's Field)
Wednesday, March 20 - at USF, 6:00 p.m. (Single Game)

Thursday, March 21- at Florida Gulf Coast, 4:00 p.m.
Livestats (Gm 1)           

FAU Invitational Schedule
Tournament Website
Friday, March 22
- vs. Iowa State, 10:00 a.m.
Friday, March 22- at FAU, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 23 - vs. Elon, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 23- vs. Bethune-Cookman, 11:15 a.m.

Sunday, March 24 - vs. FAU, 9:00 a.m.

Still in the Sunshine State -
The Big Green continue their tour of the Sunshine state this week. The Big Green will face Florida schools, USF and Florida Gulf Coast and will play Rutgers in a neutral site matchup at USF. The Big Green will close their Florida adventure at the FAU Invitational Friday-Sunday. Follow the team's BLOG to read all about their Florida adventures.

Rumley Perfect at USF Invitational - Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) continues to impress in the circle and posted a perfect 3-0 record last week. The sophomore southpaw threw 19 innings of work and served up 20 strikes. She allowed no runs on 10 hits with just three walks. For the season she now has 51 strikes and has moved into the No. 5 spot on Dartmouth's all-time strikeout list with 202 Ks.

Rumley Earns Second Consecutive Ivy League Pitcher of the Week Honor - Fresh off her perfect 3-0 record at the USF Invitational, sophomore Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors. She earns the honor for the third time in her career and the second time this season.

McCalmon Goes Yard - Freshman Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) has a BAT. She picked up two home runs over the weekend, including a two-run bomb in Dartmouth's 4-0 win over Maryland. McCalmon leads the team with four home runs and had a home run in her first collegiate at bat against Bethune-Cookman.

Closing out the Tournament Schedule - The Big Green will close out the tournament portion of the schedule this weekend when it participates in the FAU Invitational. The FAU Invitational will be the fourth in-season tournament for the Big Green. Dartmouth has also participated in the Stetson Hatter Classic, George Washington Colonial Classic and the USF Invitational.  Dartmouth's four tournaments are the most for the Big Green in a single season since playing four during the 2005 season.

Rums Strikes out 10 vs. Robert Morris - It is well documented that lefty pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) can throw a strike and her prowess was on display against Robert Morris. The Big Green pitcher fanned 10 for her first game in double-digits this season. Her 10 were just two shy of her career-high 12, which she set twice last season. The Big Green single-game record is 13 strikeouts.

Hubert is On Point - Senior captain Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) is making her senior year count. Dartmouth's second baseman is leading the Big Green offense and is batting a team-best .436. She leads the squad in hits (17) and RBI (10). Over the weekend, she was on fire batting .500 with nine hits, three RBIs and two runs to go along with 14 putouts, five assists and no errors.

Bethune-Cookman ... Again - The Big Green will see a familiar foe at the FAU Invitational in Bethune-Cookman. The Big Green and Wildcats will be meeting for the fourth time this weekend after playing three times at the Stetson Hatter Classic earlier this season. The Big Green have won two of the three games and are averaging 5.6 runs against the Wildcats

.300 and Above Club - Dartmouth has the advantage of having a fairly deep squad this season and it's very evident as the Big Green have four players batting over .300 and three more players batting over .250. Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill) leads the way batting .436 while Morgan Wharton (Binghamton, N.Y.) is batting .417 with Rachel Hein (Olathe, Kan.) at .333, rookie Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) rounds out the .300 club at .302. Katie McEachern (San Diego Calif.) and Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) aren't far behind at .294 and .293, respectively.

On The Road Again ... - The Big Green, like most Northern schools, will spend a large chunk of its season on the road. Of the 50 games on the schedule, Dartmouth will play 36 games on the road, 26 coming in the form of non-conference competition. Dartmouth will once again take up residence in Florida, traveling to DeLand, Clearwater, and Boca Raton, for tournaments. In all, the Big Green will play 19 games in the Sunshine State between the USF Invitational and the FAU Invitational and non-conference games with Florida Gulf Coast, South Florida and Rutgers. The Big Green open the home slate on April 5 and will play seven home dates at the Dartmouth Softball Park.

Welcome to the Team - Dartmouth welcomes a six-member freshman class this season. The Big Green rookies hail from all over the country, with two players coming from the Texas. Donning the Green and White for the first time are: Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas), Alex Jarvis (Tustin, Calif.), Brianna Lohmann (Belle Glade, Fla.), Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.), Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas). Welcome aboard!

Welcome to Dartmouth, Coach Hart - Assistant coach Ali Hart joins the Dartmouth softball staff this season. Hart hails from Atlanta, Ga., and was an All-American at Williams College where she graduated in 2012.

A Look at the Competition
- Rutgers, who also participated in last weekend's USF Invitational, boasts a 12-9 record after defeating Boston College and Florida A&M over the weekend. The Scarlet Knights enter Wednesday's game on a five-game win streak. Loren Williams leads the offense and is batting .366 with a team-best 26 hits. Williams has 17 runs and leads the team with four home runs. Ashley Bragg (.352), Alexis Durando (.340), Chandler Howard (.339) and Stephanie Huang (.333) are Rutgers batters who are hitting better than .300. In the circle, Alyssa Landrith leads the way with a 7-6 record and a 1.61 ERA. She has pitched 74.0 innings and thrown 74 strikes. Abbey Houston and Dresden Maddox have also seen time in the circle this season.

USF-The Bulls enter Wednesday's single game with a 21-10 record and winners of 15 straight after going 4-0 at the USF Invitational. In fact, USF hasn't had a run scored on them in the last six games. USF has a potent offense with five players over .300 and is led by Kourtney Salvarola who is hitting .370 with 17 runs and 27 hits. She has also driven in 17 runs. Five Bulls have 20 or more hits this season and Stephanie Juergens also has 27 hits on the season. Sarah Nevins leads the pitching staff with a 0.95 ERA and a 9-4 record. In 88.1 innings pitched, she has 103 strikeouts while allowing just 20 runs, just 12 of those earned. Lindsay Richardson is equally impressive with a 1.16 ERA to go along with 105 strikes.

Florida Gulf Coast-Florida Gulf Coast will take on Iowa State in a single game on Tuesday before hosting the Big Green in doubleheader action. The Eagles are 20-9 and have won each of their last five games entering the week and boast a 12-3 record at home. Chelsea Zgrabik leads the offense and is hitting .356 with a whopping 10 home runs and nine doubles. She has scored 22 runs and belted out a team best 31 hits to go along with a team-best 43 RBI. Jessica Barnes and Kelsey Carpenter are also over .300, hitting .336 and .306, respectively. The Eagles have used three pitchers this season and Amanda Josie leads the way with a 5-1 record and a 2.23 ERA. Shelby Morgan and Jaclyn Owen have each seen time and have registered 43 and 42 strikeouts, respectively.

Iowa State- The Cyclones will take on Florida Gulf Coast in a single game on Tuesday before opening the FAU Tournament against the Big Green. Iowa State enters the weekend with a 12-13 record after going 2-3 at the USF Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., over the weekend. Erica Miller leads the offense with a .371 batting average while Sarah Hwryluk leads the team with 27 hits.  Tori Torrescano has a team-best eight home runs and 23 RBI and Jorden Spendlove has nine doubles. In the circle, Taylor Smith and Tori Torrescano lead the staff. Smith has a 3.29 ERA and a 5-4 record in 49.0 innings pitched. Torrescano is 5-5 in 17 appearances and sports a 4.20 ERA. She leads the staff with 37 strikeouts.

FAU-The Owls have a busy week and will play a three-game conference set at Middle Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday before coming home to host their tournament.  Entering the week, the Owls own a 14-18 record after dropping three straight to Western Kentucky in Sunbelt action. Carnesha Thompson leads the Owls from the plate and is hitting .347. She has 14 runs on 26 hits and 10 RBI.  Stephanie Call has a team-best 17 RBI while Christina Martinez leads the team with 31 hits. Call and Taylor Fawbush lead the pitching staff. Call is 5-5 with a 2.61 ERA to go along with 68 strikeouts while Fawbush has made 15 appearances and has a 6-7 record.

Elon- The Phoenix will take on North Carolina Central in Wednesday before traveling to Florida. The Southern Conference team enters the week with a 10-11 weekend after dropping a conference series to College of Charleston over the weekend. Tomeka Watson leads Elon from the plate and is batting .435 as the only Elon player above .400. Watson has 10 home runs on the year and has a team-best 30 hits while Johanna Spencer leads the squad with 24 RBI. Five players have seen time in the circle for the Phoenix with Kayla Caruso handling the majority of the duties.  Caruso has a 2.95 ERA and a 4-5 record with 35 strikeouts in 66.1 innings.

Bethune-Cookman- The Wildcats have a busy week and will host Ivy League foe, Cornell, and Monmouth before opening action at the FAU Tournament. The Wildcats are 3-1 entering the week and have lost their last nine games. Michelle Banuelos-Smith leads the offense and is hitting .323 with 10 RBI and a team-best three home runs. Simone Cesar leads the team with 23 hits and is batting .307.   Calesha Shelley and Kelsey Rodney have each scored 13 runs. Shanel Tolbert and Samantha Gale star in the circle. Tolbert has a 5.25 ERA in 20 appearances while Gale has a 5.75 ERA in 14 appearances. Tolbert has a team-best 37 strikeouts and has pitched 94.2 innings.

Captain, My Captain - Senior Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) will captain the Dartmouth softball squad for the second consecutive season.

Skipper Hanson Back for Third Season - Head coach Rachel Hanson returns for her third season as head of the Dartmouth softball team. Hanson has a 31-47 record in her two years at Dartmouth and has led the Big Green to back-to-back second place finishes in the North Division. Assistant coach Lindsay Vanover returns for her third season while Ali Hart is entering her first season on staff.

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Up Next
Tues., March 26
- at Sacred Heart (DH), 3:00 p.m.
Fri., March 29 -at Columbia (DH), 2:00 p.m.
Sat., March 30- at Penn (DH), 4:00 p.m.