LAFAYETTE, La. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to Bradley, 6-3 before dropping a 12-5 decision to Mississippi Valley State on the second day of the Mardi Gras Classic on Saturday.
The Big Green are now 0-4, while the Braves improve to 8-6 and the Devils are now 2-9.
In game one against Bradley, Dartmouth sent Breanna Ethridge to the circle where she hurled 4.2 innings allowing six hits with two walks and one strike out.
The Big Green got on the scoreboard early in the first when Calista Almer hit her first career home run to right field for the 1-0 lead. Dartmouth added to its lead in the second. Tiffany Dyson knocked a single to right field, which plated Maddie Damore.
In the bottom of the third, Bradley tied things up with one swing of the bat when Caitlyn McCarron hit a two run blast to left center with two outs. The Big Green had an answer in the top half of the next inning when Damore crossed home plate after Claire Bird’s double to right-center field.
The Braves broke the game open in the fifth when Bradley scored four runs. Sydney Young led off with a single, before Maria Schroeder hit a two-run homer to center field. The next two batters grounded out, but Bradley tacked on two more base runners, as Morgan Ebow came into pitch in relief for Ethridge.
The first batter Ebow faced, Katie Habryle, singled to the shortstop which scored a run. A four-pitch walk loaded the bases for the Braves and another walk scored the final run of the inning, giving Bradley a 6-3 lead.
A scoreless sixth gave way to the seventh when Dartmouth had one final chance at the plate. Karen Chaw singled with two outs, but the Big Green could not complete the rally.
In game two, Ebow got the start for Dartmouth in her first career start in a Green and White uniform. The Devils’ Lexany Terro led off with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring on another wild pitch. Mississippi Valley State then loaded the bases which set up Deja Talton for a grand slam homer to right-center, giving her team a 5-0 lead.
The Big Green quickly responded in the second when Morgan Martinelli led off with a single. After Damore grounded out, Micah Schroder hit her first career home run to center field, cutting the deficit to 5-2. Bird followed up the two-run shot with a double to right-center. She eventually scored on a throwing error by the catcher in an attempt to throw out Dyson at second base.
In the bottom half of the inning, Talton continued her solid night at the dish with a double to right after Jordan Brown led off with a walk. Both Talton and Brown scored when Dejanae singled to right center, collecting two RBIs for the 8-3 advantage.
After a scoreless third, the Devils tacked on one more run when Talton hit an RBI single to right center. She finished the game with an impressive six runs-batted-in with four hits in four plate appearances.
In the top of the fifth, Chaw brought Dartmouth within three runs of Mississippi Valley State’s lead with her first homer of the season. With two out and Lourlin Lara on second, Chaw launched a two-run shot to center field, cutting the deficit to 8-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Devils put away the game for good by scoring five runs off a pair of long balls. Talton led off the inning with a solo shot to center before Mississippi Valley State loaded the bases. Jodeci Tuia ended the game via the run rule when she hit a grand slam to left-center field.
The Big Green return to the diamond tomorrow to face Maryland in their final game of the Mardi Gras Classic.