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Softball Picks Up Key Non-League Win Over Boston U., 5-4

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By Jason Roberts/Envision

HANOVER, N.H.  –  The Dartmouth softball team was able to hold off Boston U., as the Big Green picked up a non-conference win over the Terriers, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at the Dartmouth softball park.

Sophomore Alex Jarvis tossed two innings in relief for her second win of the season, and classmate Morgan McCalmon finished off the game with a six-out save. Senior Alex St. Romain kicked off a three-run fourth inning with a solo shot.

Freshman Alyssa Jorgensen got the start at second base and went 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot. Junior Kristen Rumley plated the eventual game-winning run in the fifth and McCalmon extended her current hit streak to 10 games with a pair of singles.

Freshman Ashley Sissel took the circle for the midweek start and allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four over three innings. Boston countered with Lauren Hynes who threw a complete game, but allowed five runs on 10 hits and was erratic at times with six walks and two wild pitches.

It didn’t take the Big Green  long to get on the scoreboard, as they scored their 20th first-inning run of the season. With one out and Rumley on first after she walked on five pitches, McCalmon moved her over to second with a single down the left field line. Sophomore Katie McEachern advanced the runners on a single down the right field line and scored Rumley who beat the throw home.

Sissel ran into trouble in the Terrier fourth after scattering three hits over the first three frames. The Terriers put runners on first and second with a pair of push bunts, before Gabi Martinez sent a rope into the outfield just out of the grab of freshman Alyssa Loyless.

Martinez’s single pulled Sissel from the circle with runners at the corners. Jarvis issued a walk to her first batter and then got the Terriers to end the inning on a sacrifice fly double play. After the sacrifice fly putout by junior center fielder Megan Averitt, the cutoff throw to the infield was used to put out a runner trying to advance to third. The sacrifice run gave the Terriers a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, St. Romain hit a blast to dead center to tie the game at two-all.  The home run was the first extra base hit for the Dartmouth catcher this season. The Green and White added two more runs in the stanza to regain a 4-2 edge.  After St. Romain’s shot, Jorgensen singled up the middle and then advanced two bases on a passed ball and a wild pitch.  The Big Green loaded the bases after walks to McCalmon and McEachern and then scored a run after freshman Karen Chaw sent a groundball that was fielded cleanly by the second baseman, but a muffed catch by the first baseman scored Jorgensen and McCalmon.

Dartmouth added a run in the fifth, as Jorgensen doubled to left field with two outs and then scored on Rumley’s single to right field.

The Terriers answered in the sixth with a double to left field by Brittany Younan, a single by Amy Ekart and then loaded the bases on a walk to Martinez.  McCalmon entered the circle and got Moriah Connolly to ground into a fielder’s choice to Chaw at third who forced out the lead runner.

Boston’s next batter also hit into a fielder’s choice, but scored a run. Boston added its second run of the inning on a fielding error by Chaw. The inning ended without a batter committing the final out. Jayme Mask who reached on Chaw’s error was called for leaving early by the third base umpire.

In the seventh, McCalmon struck out the first two batters swinging and then closed out the game with a ground out, for her second save of the season.

Dartmouth is now 19-13 overall as they prepare for a four-game set with Yale over the weekend.