Friday, March 17 vs. DePaul – 1 p.m.
Friday, March 17 vs. Cal Poly – 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 vs. Sacramento State – 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 vs. Akron – 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 19 vs. Loyola Marymount – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 vs. vs. Loyola Marymount – 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.
*All times are EST
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth softball team returns to action with a West Coast swing where the Big Green will compete in the LMU Tournament.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS
DePaul enters this weekend with an 11-8 mark after winning a pair of games last week in the UNLV Tournament. The Blue Demons also had very successful trip to South Carolina, winning all five of its games in the Winthrop Tournament on March 3-5. Hayden Christensen leads DePaul with 19 hits while Dylan Christensen, Megan Leyva and Nicole Phill are all tied with a team-high four home runs. In the circle, Missy Zoch leads the Blue Demons with a 2.68 ERA, posting a 5-3 record.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly has also had a successful run through its non conference schedule with 16 wins and just seven losses. The Mustangs have won eight of their last nine games with just one loss in March, a 1-0 decision to Grand Canyon. Sierra Hyland has been dangerous at the plate, batting .324 with a team-high 22 hits and 19 RBIs. Chelsea Convissar leads Cal Poly hitting .377 in 53 plate appearances with 20 hits. The Mustangs’ ace, Lindsey Chalmers is 6-2 with an impressive 0.70 ERA. Hyland has also found success in the circle with a 9-5 record and 1.01 ERA.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Sacramento State looks to snap a five-game skid as the Hornets enter the weekend 6-12-1 overall. Freshman Suzy Brookshire has supplied much of Sacramento State’s offense with 20 hits, five home runs and a team-high .357 batting average in 56 at bats. In the circle, Danielle Sperry recorded a 2.74 ERA, while Celina Matthias has a team-best three wins.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
The host school, Loyola Marymount, enters the tournament at 9-13 overall. The Lions are coming off of a 3-3 performance last weekend in the first LMU Tournament of the season at Smith Field. Amanda Dirks has started all 22 games played this season and leads the team with 20 hits and four homers. Alicia Brown has also been a contributor at the dish with 16 RBIs. LMU’s top pitcher, Hannah Bandimere is 5-3 with a 2.69 ERA and has hurled five complete games.
THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT
Dartmouth junior Breanna Ethridge has found success in the circle this season. The Loganville, Georgia native is second in the Ivy League in strikeouts, having fanned 21 batters in seven appearances. She also leads the Big Green with a 5.23 ERA in 31 innings of work.
S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C
All three members of the Dartmouth coaching staff have ties to the Southeastern Conference. Shannon Doepking played four seasons at Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols to an impressive 246-46 (.842) record from 2005-08, she also played in three consecutive Women’s College World Series from 2005-07. Returning for her third season in Hanover is Molly Fichtner who graduated from Alabama in 2014. As a catcher for the Crimson Tide, Fichtner appeared in 102 games, starting 88. As a senior Fichtner reached the Women’s College World Series and was named to the All-SEC Second Team. Joining the staff this year is Jackie Traina, who also is an Alabama graduate and former teammate of Fichtner. In 2012, Traina helped the Crimson Tide win its first National Championship, earning Women’s College World Series MVP honors. Traina was also a member of the USA National Team in 2012, 2014 and 2015, where she won a gold medal at the World Cup of Softball in 2015.
All of Dartmouth’s home games in 2017 will be broadcast live in high definition on the Ivy League Digital Network with Brett Franklin on the call. Fans can sign up for the conference’s video streaming and on-demand content to follow the Big Green all spring. Ivy League road games (when available) will also be broadcast.
Can’t make it to the games? DartmouthSports.com will provide live stats for those looking to follow along during the contests.
Dartmouth will remain out west when the Big Green take on BYU on Friday, March 24.