BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to both Texas State and Florida Atlantic in the second day of the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament on Saturday. Against Texas State, the Big Green lost 3-0, and against the host Owls 8-0.
Dartmouth falls to 0-4 on the season while the Bobcats improve to 10-4 and FAU improves to 8-6. Both teams that the Big Green faced today have had an advantage of playing in a warmer climate state and had already played more than 10 games going into Friday’s matchups.
Dartmouth vs. Texas State
In the first game of the day, senior Breanna Ethridge started off in the circle and helped hold the game scoreless through six innings. Ethridge allowed four hits that would contribute to the three runs scored by the Bobcats and struck out four. Freshman Heather Turner came in for relief in the seventh inning.
In the fifth inning, the Big Green had their first chance of the day of scoring, with only one hit so far for Dartmouth that was in the second inning. Taylor Ward started the inning off with a single, followed by Delaney Marshall reaching on an error. When Micah Schroder’s foul ball was caught in right field, Ward advanced to third and would have scored, her opportunity ended with a fly-out to end the inning.
Texas States’ Christiana McDowell scored the first run in the top of the sixth, breaking the stalemate. In the top of the seventh, Bobcats’ Bailee Carter hit a single to third base in the first at-bat of the inning and scored on an RBI double from teammate Haleigh Davis to take the 2-0 lead. Davis advanced to third while teammate Kennedy Cline took the first out at first base, and scored the insurance run off a single hit by ArieAnn Bell.
Dartmouth vs. Florida Atlantic
Against the Owls, the host team got on the board early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Calista Almer got on base in the top of the second, but the Big Green wouldn’t make it on base again the rest of the game and FAU continued to score runs. In the bottom of the third, the Owls scored three runs taking a 5-0 lead, tacking on three more in the bottom of the fifth.
Turner pitched the opening three innings for the Big Green before fellow freshman Shelby Wilkison came in for the final 1.1 remaining.
Dartmouth faces its final opponent of the Strike Out Cancer Tournament tomorrow morning, University of Illinois-Chicago, at 11:15 a.m.