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Softball Completes Season Sweep Over Yale, 5-1 and 5-3

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H.  –  Sophomore Morgan McCalmon drove home four runs on the afternoon, as the Dartmouth softball team completed a four-game sweep over Yale, with a come-from-behind win in the second game of the twinbill on Sunday.

Dartmouth scored all five runs in the third inning of game one for a 5-1 win and then scored three times in the fifth to take a 5-3 edge in the nightcap.

The Big Green improve to 23-13 overall and 12-0 in the Ivy League.

Junior Kristen Rumley (13-6) picked up both wins on the day, as she went the distance in the opener with six strikeouts and then relieved McCalmon with 2.1 innings of shutout ball in the backend of the doubleheader.

In the opener, Yale scored a run in the first on a leadoff triple by Sarah Onorato who touched home on an infield RBI single by Tori Balta. That’s all the offense that Rumley allowed to the Bulldogs, as the Dartmouth ace made quick work of the visitors the rest of the way.

Yale starter Lindsay Efflandt was solid early on, but then surrendered five runs on seven hits in the third. Dartmouth was aggressive during the frame, moving station-to-station. The team loaded the bases with one out after a pair of singles and a fielder’s choice, and then plated a runner on a single by Rumley. With the score tied Dartmouth added four more runs on three RBI singles by sophomore Katie McEachern, McCalmon and freshman Karen Chaw.

In the second game, Yale once again took an early lead, but this time the lead was held until the fifth inning. The Bulldogs put up three runs in the second against McCalmon with a two-run homer to center field by Hannah Brennan and then an RBI single down the right field line by Onorato.

Dartmouth cut the deficit with two runs in the bottom of the frame, beginning with an infield single by McCalmon, which extended her current hitting streak to 13 games. She then advanced around the bases on a double up the middle by freshman Maddie Damore. Dartmouth scored its second run of the inning on a single to left field by sophomore Kelsey Miller.

In the Yale fifth, McCalmon got Onorato to foul out and then struck out Laina Do, but then loaded the bases on a double to left field by Balta and then back-to-back walks issued to Lauren Delgadillo and Carolyn Maguire. After putting runners in scoring position, McCalmon was replaced by Rumley, who ended the inning on a groundout to second base.

With momentum swinging in their favor, the Big Green took the lead with three runs on four hits in the fifth. Junior Megan Averitt picked up a one-out bunt single and then senior Kara Curosh advanced her to second with a single to left field. Dartmouth had runners in motion when Rumley singled into right field to load up the bases once again for the Big Green.

The Green and White tied the game at three-all with a smart base running decision by the speedy Averitt, who scored on a wild pitch that hit the backstop. McCalmon answered again with a hard single to center field that plated senior pinch runner Alex St. Romain and Curosh to take the two-run lead.

Rumley retired the next six batters in order to complete the sweep of the Bulldogs and added her 13th win of the season.

Dartmouth is scheduled to meet Hartford in a non-conference midweek make-up game on Tuesday afternoon. With a wet forecast in the near future, please check for any cancelation or game-time delays on Tuesday morning.