Fri., April 4- vs. Columbia (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH) 2:00 p.m.
Sat., April 5- vs. Penn (Dartmouth Softball Park) (DH), 12:30 p.m.

The Dartmouth softball team will welcome Columbia and Penn to the Dartmouth Softball Park to begin the home schedule. After playing their first 27 games away from the Upper Valley, fourth-year head coach Rachel Hanson has her squad playing one-game over .500 with a 14-13 record overall and a perfect 4-0 in Ivy Play.

The Big Green took the first four games of the Ivy season, as they met South Division foes Cornell and Princeton over the weekend. Although the games were set for the traditional back-to-back rotation, overcast skies and rain forced the games to be played on Saturday and Monday. However, the days didn’t matter to the Big Green, who are looking to reclaim the North Division crown once again.  The offense was alive, scoring 13 times in Ithaca, N.Y. and then five times down in Princeton. The 13 runs were the second-most combined output against a team this season. The Big Green scored 22 times against Portland State at the Gaucho Classic II.

The Big Green lead the league in six statistical categories thus far. The team is first in home runs per game (0.76), batting average (.403), hit by pitch per game  (Chloe Madill – 0.18), strikeouts (Kristen Rumley – 103), triples (Katie McEachern – 2) and triples per game ( McEachern – 0.08).

Dartmouth as a team is hitting .489 with a runner on third and fewer than two outs. The team has 38 two-out RBI and has a successful .449 percentage in advancing runners. 

The Dartmouth ace made an appearance in all four games, with two starts. Rumley went 2-0 with a 0.38 earned run average with two complete games and one shutout. In her two relief appearances, she converted on both saves. Rumley finished the weekend with 19 strikeouts and allowed just one run on eight hits.

McCalmon was a renaissance woman, contributing on both sides of the playing field.  In two starts, she finished with a 2.52 ERA and picked up a pair of victories. In the batter’s box, McCalmon led the team with a .500 batting average with seven hits in 14 at-bats. Three of her seven hits were extra bases with two homers and a double. McCalmon also led the team with eight RBI.

McCalmon and classmate Katie McEachern have belted a combined eight home runs this season, as the duo knocked in three homers against Cornell on Saturday.

A battle of the current Ivy standing leaders, the Big Green sit atop the North while the Lions are first in the South Division.  Columbia is 14-10 so far, after splitting with local rival Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon.  Led by current Ivy Rookie of the Week Shelby Unger, Columbia is 10-1 in its last 11 games after starting the season 1-8.  Unger is batting .364 on the season with three homers and a team-best 17 RBI. Brooke Darling and Emily Kenyon have stepped inside the circle 22 times with 16 starts between the duo. Darling is 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA, while Kenyon is 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA.

A rematch of the 2013 Ivy Championship Series will take place on Saturday, as the defending Ancient Eight Champion, Penn meet the Big Green after facing Harvard on Friday.  Still looking to return to championship form, the Quakers are 7-11 overall, but are 2-0 in league play.  Leah Allen is batting .377 so far with 17 RBI. Alexis Sargent is 4-1 and is used primarily as a reliever.  Alexis Borden has made nine starts and is 3-6 with a 1.99 ERA.  

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Up Next
Wed., April 9
 – Boston U.,  3:00 p.m.
Sat., April 12 –Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 13- Yale (DH), 12:30 p.m