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Damore Blasts Three Home Runs In Nightcap Win

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By Lauren Gordon

HANOVER, N.H.  – Freshman Maddie Damore hit three home runs in game two, to propel the Dartmouth softball team to a 10-1 (6 inning) win in the nightcap. In the first game, the Big Green needed extra inning, as Junior Kristen Rumley singled home a walk-off hit in the ninth to win 3-2.

Damore led the squad with seven RBI on the day, all via the long ball. Of her three blasts, two were with a runner on and the first had runner in scoring position to break a 1-1 tie. The first baseman becomes the 63rd player in NCAA history to belt three home runs in a game and the first since Megan Low hit three for UTSA against Texas State on April 9, 2014. She is also the first ivy freshman to clip three homers since Cornell’s Kate Varde hit three against the Big Green on April 13, 2001. 

Rumley answered well at the plate with five hits on the day. As a team, Dartmouth finished the doubleheader with 27 hits and 13 runs.

Sophomore Morgan McCalmon (7-3) picked up both wins and increased her hitting streak to 11 games after reaching safely once in each game.

With the win, Dartmouth (21-13, 10- Ivy) moves its current winning streak to 11 games and remains perfect halfway through the Ivy slate. At 10-0, the Big Green have successfully swept all four competitors from the Ivy South and need two more wins tomorrow against Yale to complete its first Ivy North sweep of the season.

The opener started as a pitcher’s duel with Rumley and Yale’s Kristen Leung both competing through the seventh inning. Leung struck out five batters, but was outdone by Rumley’s seven-strikeout performance. The Dartmouth ace also allowed less hits, as the Bulldogs reached base only four times.

Dartmouth broke through in the fourth with a pair of hits to leadoff the inning. Sophomore Katie McEachern singled to left field and then scored on a double by freshman Karen Chaw. Two batters later, Chaw raced home on a double to left field by sophomore Kelsey Miller to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

Rumley breezed into the seventh, but a double by Tori Balta to center and then a second shot to up the middle cleared the wall by Lauren Delgadillo to knot the game at two-all.

Dartmouth put a pair of runner on in the bottom of the frame, but Leung got out of a jam with a strikeout and a groundout.

Laina Do grounded out to Miller at third to begin the ninth for the visitors. Knowing that her starter was fatigue from throwing 103 pitches, Hanson to call upon McCalmon, who successfully retired the side.

In the bottom of the ninth, freshman Alyssa Jorgensen - who has found a role as a pinch hitter late in games - singled up the middle. Damore then hit up the middle, as the Big Green went station-to-station. With runners on the right side, Yale reliever Lindsay Efflandt (0-11) got freshman Chloe Madill to groundout into a fielder’s choice that forced Jorgensen out at third. Rumley stepped into the batter’s box looking for her third hit of the game and delivered a single to left field that plated Damore for the walk-off run.

In the second game, the team from the Upper Valley scored multiple runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, en route to their second shortened game win of the season and second in the past four appearances at home.

The Green and White scored once in the first stanza on three hits.  Madill and McEachern both singled up the middle and then Chaw loaded up the bases on the third small ball hit of the frame. With all bases occupied, Miller drew a four-pitch walk to score Madill. Yale ended the inning on a fielder's choice groundout that putout the lead runner.

The Bulldogs tied the score in the next inning on a wild pitch by McCalmon that scored Delgadillo who singled to leadoff the frame.

In the fourth, Yale starter Chelsey Dunham (2-5) issued a pair of walks to seniors Alex St. Romain and Kara Curosh and then served up a three-run blast to left field by Damore on a 3-1 count.

The Big Green opened up the lead even more in the fifth with four runs. Junior Brianna Lohmann replaced Chaw defensively in the top of the fifth and led off with a single to right.  Miller then moved her to third with a double to center field. Lohmann completed the diamond on a sacrifice fly RBI by St. Romain. Dartmouth took a five-run lead on an RBI single to right field by Curosh. Damore, batting in the nine spot, connected on her second homer of the game just over the left field pole for a two-run hit, to give the hosts an 8-0 edge.

Dartmouth had a chance to end the game in the fifth with bases loaded, but McEachern was ended the inning after she was called for interfering with the shortstop.

In the Dartmouth sixth, Leung, who re-entered the circle in the fifth inning got Miller and St. Romain to pop out and strike out, respectively. Curosh picked up her third walk of the contest and then on a 2-1 pitch, Damore ended the game with the second walk-off win of the day, as she pummeled the ball to left-center for her third dinger of the contest.

McCalmon pitched six innings and allowed one run on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Delgadillo led the Bulldogs on the day with four hits and two RBI.

Dartmouth and Yale will conclude the season series on Sunday afternoon for the second doubleheader of the weekend, beginning at 12:30 p.m. from the Dartmouth Softball Park. Both contests will be streamed in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network.