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McCalmon's Six RBI, 2 HR's Spark Softball in Penn Sweep

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H.  –  Sophomore Morgan McCalmon went 5-for-5 with six RBI and two home runs, as the Big Green continue to mow down Ivy foes with their fourth straight league sweep, defeating Penn, 3-2 and 12-1 (5 innings), on Saturday afternoon at the Dartmouth Softball Park.

McCalmon was an ultimate force in the second game of the day, as she aided her team with its first mercy rule defeat of an opponent this season. In a rematch of the 2013 Ivy League Championship Series, the Big Green outscored the Quakers, 15-3, scoring 10 runs in the third inning of the second game.

Pitching has been a strong point this season for the Big Green during the eight-game winning streak, as the team has only allowed more than two runs once. Junior Kristen Rumley and McCalmon picked up wins against the Quakers and McCalmon secured her first collegiate save in the opening contest.

Dartmouth improves to 17-13 on the season and 8-0 in the Ivy League North Division. The eight-game league winning streak is the best start in program history.

Scoring was at a minimum in the first game, but the Big Green plated runs in the second and sixth innings.  The team loaded the bases in the second frame, but only scored one on a fielder’s choice groundout by freshman Chloe Madill. Senior Kara Curosh and freshman Karen Chaw began the stanza with back-to-back singles and then moved into scoring position after a passed ball. 

Junior slap hitter Megan Averitt walked on four-straight pitches to load the bases. Madill then sent a dribbler on the first pitch to the third baseman and scored Curosh. Penn starter Alexis Borden got out of the jam after Rumley grounded to second base.

Inside the circle, Rumley was dynamite with nine strikeouts and is now 11-6 on the season. She allowed five hits and struck out seven batters before the fifth.

In the sixth, the Big Green scored both runs with two outs on one hit. The team scored the first run on a passed ball that plated Averitt who walked and then moved around the base path on a single by Madill. Rumley then sent home the runner, as the pitcher hit went through the first baseman.

Looking for the complete game win, Rumley allowed a pair of singles and then hit a batter to begin the seventh. With all three bases occupied, Kayla Dahlerbruch broke the shutout with a two RBI single.  McCalmon replaced Rumley and recorded the save after a bunt out, a third base pick-off by senior catcher Alex St. Romain and then a fly out.

In the second game, McCalmon and sophomore Katie McEachern went 3-for-3, respectively, but it was McCalmon who had six RBI.  McCalmon hit her first of two homers in the opening inning, to give the Big Green a 2-0 lead.  

In the third, Dartmouth unleashed its largest output with 10 runs on eight hits. Rumley single to begin the inning and then moved to third on a double to left field by McEachern. McCalmon plated her third run batted in with a single to right field, as Rumley crossed home. Curosh added a one-out RBI single to score McEachern.

Chaw loaded the bases on a walk and then pinch hitter freshman Alyssa Loyless cleared the runners with a three RBI double and then come home on a single by Madill. McEachern then knocked the seventh hit of the frame to put runners at the corners for McCalmon, who pummeled the ball for a three-run blast to give the team a 12-0 lead.

Penn scored a run in the fifth, but after the final out was made by freshman Ashley Sissel who replaced McCalmon, the game was called due to the mercy rule.

Dartmouth will remain at home and host Boston U. in a non-conference single seven-inning game on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The game can be seen live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network.