BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to the University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament, 3-2.
The Big Green conclude the tournament and start the season with an 0-5 record while the Flames improve to 5-4.
A slow start for both teams as the defenses held strong through the first two innings keeping the game scoreless. In the top of the third, Dartmouth saw a spark of an opportunity to break the tie when Tiffany Dyson started the inning off with a single and Micah Shroder made it to first on an error by the second baseman, with Dyson advancing to second. The momentum would then fall for the Big Green as Schae Nelson lined into a double-play, UIC’s fielding taking care of business after the ball was tipped off the glove of Tiana Mack-Miller and her teammate grabbed the deflection to recover.
The Flames took full advantage of the excitement in the bottom of the third, scoring the first two runs of the game off a single from Clare Crane.
Dartmouth’s top of the fourth appearance went quickly with three up and three down, but returning for the fifth the tides started to shift in the Big Green’s favor. Jade Bravo started things off with a single, and Dyson followed suit with Bravo getting tagged out at second base. Schroder walked in the next at-bat before Nelson was hit by a pitch and loaded the bases with one out.
Next up Morgan Martinelli hit a double down the left field line, batting in Dyson and Schroder who scored the first two runs of the season for Dartmouth and tied the game up.
UIC did not wait long to take the lead back, scoring the teams third run in the bottom of the inning. The Big Green didn’t make it on base in the sixth inning but saw one last chance in the top of the seventh. Bravo started off strong again with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Dyson, but the final two batters struck out and flied out ending the game.
Senior Breanna Ethridge took the start on the mound again for Dartmouth, pitching three innings allowing four hits and two runs with three strikeouts, and freshman Shelby Wilkison came in for the final three allowing four hits and one run with one strikeout.
The Big Green return to action this weekend on the road again, competing in the Razorback Invitational hosted by Arkansas starting Friday.