FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Dartmouth softball team opened the Razorback Invitational hosted by Arkansas with a win over Central Connecticut State 5-3 to get the day started but fell to the Razorbacks 12-3 in the evening.
The Big Green move to 1-6 on the season while the Blue Devils reach the same record, 1-6, and Arkansas improves to 11-1.
Dartmouth vs. Central Connecticut State
In the 31st meeting of the two teams, Dartmouth was able to ink its first win of the season, 5-3. The game started at 11 a.m. central time, which was no doubt a change for both teams coming in from the east coast and had a slow beginning. Junior Morgan Martinelli was the first batter to get on base, hitting a double in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams went 1-2-3 in the second inning and the bottom of the third saw Tiffany Dyson reach first after being hit by a pitch, before she stole second as Micah Schroder was batting, but still tied 0-0 at the end of the third.
Blue Devils’ senior Lex Debrosse got things rolling in the top of the fourth, scoring the first run of the game on a single from teammate Kerri Dadalski. The Big Green didn’t take long to answer though, scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning on a single from Taylor Ward. Martinelli hit a single in the first at-bat for Dartmouth, and McKenna Gray came in to pinch run for her, when Loghan Thomas advanced to second on an error by the pitcher, moving Ward to third.
Next to bat for the Big Green was Calista Almer, who bunted giving Ward a chance to score another run, which she did, because of an error made by the catcher. Both Gray’s and Ward’s runs were unearned.
With a two-run lead in the top of the fifth, it was up to the Dartmouth defense to hold onto the advantage, but CCSU’s Kristen Ulmer scored the second run, unearned, after reaching third on a muffed throw, cutting the lead to one.
The Blue Devils continued to fight, scoring one more run in the top of the seventh to tie it up 3-3, but it would not be enough as Schroder hit her first homerun of the year in the bottom of the inning, batting in Jade Bravo as well and taking the win.
Heather Turner gets credited with the win after pitching the last two innings, allowing three hits and striking out one with one error.
Dartmouth vs. Arkansas
The fight versus home team Arkansas was a different story late Friday afternoon. The Big Green scored three runs in the top of the second to get on the board first.
When Schroder came to bat with one out and runners on second and third, she did not let the opportunity go to waste hitting a double to right center field. Claire Bird and Bravo both scored on the hit, taking the 2-0 lead before Almer hit a single batting in Schroder who scored the third run.
The Razorbacks came to life in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs. Bird was the only batter to reach first base in the top of the third, and the home team continued to score in the bottom of the inning, tallying seven runs off five hits with one wild pitch error.
Dartmouth was close to scoring again in the top of the fifth, when Bird hit a double down the right field line with two outs left, advancing Sophia Ausmus to third, before Bravo grounded out to end the game.
Wilkison pitched through two innings for the road team, allowing three hits with two walks and one error, striking out two.
The Big Green return to action tomorrow at the tournament, facing Northern Colorado at 12 p.m. and Arkansas again at 5 p.m., both games are in eastern time and the Arkansas game will be broadcast on ESPN3/SEC+ for television subscribers who have ESPN in their TV package.