CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to Harvard 8-4 in Game 1 of the scheduled doubleheader on Sunday, eliminating the Big Green from post season play. The Crimson took the second game as well, 8-0, in five innings on their home field in Cambridge.
The Big Green end the season with a 11-28-1 overall record, 10-10 in Ivy League play, while the Crimson improve to 22-17, 13-7 in conference play and will meet Princeton next weekend in the Ivy League Championship Series.
In Game 1 both squads sent their top hurlers to the circle in Breanna Ethridge for Dartmouth and Kathleen Duncan for Harvard. The Big Green got on the bats early, loading the bases in their first trip to the dish, but could not put anything across.
Dartmouth broke the scoreless stalemate in the top of the second when Claire Bird led off with a single to left before Alyssa Jorgensen slapped a two-out base hit to center for the 1-0 lead. The Big Green added another run in the top of the fourth when Morgan Martinelli singled to left which plated Calista Almer.
The Crimson responded in the bottom half of the fourth via the long ball. With two on, Olivia Giaquinto launched a three-run home run to left center for the 3-2 lead. The next batter, Elizabeth Shively also went yard with her first homer of the season to extend Harvard's lead to 4-2.
In the top of the fifth, it was the long ball again that extended the Crimson's lead when Giaquinto hit another three-run homer to put the home team ahead 7-2. A resilient Dartmouth squad fought back in the top of the sixth when Lourlin Lara singled to the pitcher before Karen Chaw hit a one-out double to left field. After Maddie Damore struck out, Chloe Madill smacked a double to center field which scored Chaw and Lara.
The Crimson tacked on one more insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth on an RBI single by Nicki Nishizawa to take an 8-4 lead. This carried the contest into the top of the seventh where the Big Green had just three outs to work with. Almer hit a one-out double to left field, but Dartmouth could not bring her home as Jorgensen popped out and Lara grounded out to end the game.
In Game 2, the Big Green gave some of their lowerclassmen a chance to make a start, which included Tessa Grossman in the circle.
Harvard's bat exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning off of nine hits and an error. Back-to-back RBI singles by Giana Panariello and Rhianna Rich gave the Crimson the 2-0 lead. Later in the inning Erin Lockhart added a two-RBI single before Kaitlyn Schiffhauer doubled to right-center which plated another run. Giaquinto continued her solid weekend at the dish with an RBI single to the shortstop. Lindey Kneib came in as a pinch hitter and added another RBI base hit to give her team a commanding 7-0 lead.
After two scoreless innings, Harvard ended the contest via the run rule to complete the weekend sweep when Isabelle Haugh homered to left field.