HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team won its fourth consecutive Ancient Eight contest, taking down Cornell 3-1 at the Dartmouth Softball Park on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Big Green are now 6-21-1 overall, 5-3 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red drop to 6-17 overall, 1-7 in conference play.
Sunday’s game was a makeup of Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader that was postponed due to rain in the Hanover area. Dartmouth sent its ace, Breanna Ethridge to the circle where she pitched her 11th complete game of the season, allowing just one run with three strikeouts and no walks. For Cornell, Katie Lew got the start where she also pitched well, surrendering just two hits.
The contest quickly became a pitchers’ dual when both squads only managed to record one hit apiece through three innings. In the fourth, the Big Green threatened when Alyssa Jorgensen got into scoring position with just one out, but Dartmouth could not bring her home. The Big Green put another runner in scoring position in the fifth, but its wasn’t until the bottom of the six that the Dartmouth bats came alive.
Jorgensen led off with a single as Maddie Damore hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over. After Karen Chaw grounded out, Chloe Madill reached on a fielding error by the Big Red shortstop to put runners at the corners for Morgan Martinelli. Martinelli stepped in and hit a two-RBI double to left field for the first runs of the afternoon. The next batter, Claire Bird, tacked on one more insurance run when she scored Martinelli on an RBI single to center to put Dartmouth ahead, 3-0.
In the top of the seventh, Cornell had one last chance to extend the ball game. Megan Murray led the inning off with a solo homerun to right field to cut the deficit to two runs. This would be as close as the Big Red would come, as Ethridge settled down to retire the final three batters in order to end the game and earn her fifth win of 2017.
The Big Green return to action next weekend when Dartmouth hosts Brown for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. All four games can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers with Brett Franklin on the call.