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Miller's HR-Single Aids Softball Sweep at Princeton

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By Lauren Gordon

PRINCETON, N.J.  –  The Dartmouth softball team completed its first Ivy Weekend with a perfect 4-0 record, as they swept Princeton, 1-0 and 4-1, on Monday afternoon at the Class of 1895 Field.

After Sunday's rainout and a half-hour delay, the Big Green finally got on the field to take on the Tigers. Junior Kristen Rumley shined inside the circle and it took until the seventh-inning for either side to muster up any offense.

With a runner on first and one out, sophomore Kelsey Miller sent a deep shot to right field that hit off the glove of Princeton’s Melissa Reynolds and dropped over the fence for a two-run homer.

However, due to heads up running by freshman Alyssa Loyless, who saw the initial grab by Reynolds, she backtracked towards first base when Miller passed her.  Once both runners eventually crossed the plate,  the umpires met and determined that Miller would be credited with a single but called out for passing Loyless.

Under the NCAA Rule Book – Runner is out - A.R. 12.8.2: With fewer than two outs, a batter, while running the bases after a home run outside the playing field, passes a preceding runner. RULING: The batter is out, but all preceding runners score. With two outs, only those preceding runners score who have touched the plate before the batter is declared out. This is a timing play, not an appeal play.

 Nonetheless, Rumley’s brilliance on the rubber was the driving force to the one-run victory. The three-hit shutout was her Ivy leading tenth complete game and ninth victory, and her second shutout of the season.

Prior to the Big Green’s run in the seventh frame, Princeton put runners on first and second with a pair of singles, but Rumley retired the side with a groundout and pop-up. Rumley faced four batters over the minimum and struck out six.

Princeton’s Shana Christian also had a solid outing allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts.

In the second game, the Tigers scored in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Maddie Cousens. The home run was the only run allowed by the Big Green and sophomore Morgan McCalmon (3-3) who pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six hits with five strikeouts.

In the fourth inning, sophomore Katie McEachern led off with a double to left field and then moved to third on a single by McCalmon. With runners on the corners, Miller singled through the left side to score McEachern with the tying run. Dartmouth took the lead on a throwing error after senior Kara Curosh reached on a fielding error. 

In the sixth frame, Dartmouth added an insurance run as Miller doubled to right field and then plated on an outfield single by Curosh.  In the next stanza, Dartmouth scored its fourth run on an RBI single by McCalmon.

Rumley re-entered the circle midway through the fifth inning and picked up her second save of the season. She allowed just one hit with two strikeouts and six groundouts.

With the win, Dartmouth improves to 14-13 overall and 4-0 in Ivy play. Princeton falls to 5-17 and 0-2 in the league. 

The Big Green are slated to open up the home schedule this weekend as they welcome Columbia on Friday at 2 p.m. and Penn on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Both games are scheduled for doubleheaders and can be seen live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network.