PRINCETON, N.J. – Friday afternoon’s doubleheader presented a challenge for both teams as the Dartmouth softball team took on Princeton in New Jersey with some gusty winds. The host team took game one 6-0, before the Big Green returned to the field for game two and came out on top 8-6.
Heading into tomorrow’s third game of the series Dartmouth is now 11-14 with a 5-3 Ivy record, while the Tigers move to 5-19 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
Junior Morgan Martinelli led the way in the second game with a two-run homer and an RBI single later, the most RBI’s of the game for either team. Freshman Heather turner also pitched her first complete game in her collegiate career in game two, as she threw for seven innings, allowed eight hits, six runs and walked two with one strike out and four errors.
The Big Green had a decent start in game one, with Taylor Ward reaching second base in the top of the second, in a position to score before Tatyanah Castillo popped up for the final out. Again in the third, the road team put a runner on second base as Micah Schroder hit a double to left field, but that was as far as she would advance.
In the bottom of the third Princeton tallied its first run of the game on an RBI single from Mikayla Blaska, and the home team attempted to add more runs on with the bases loaded and no outs, before Allison Harvey reached on a fielder’s choice and the runner at third base was tagged out by Claire Bird. The final Tiger’s batter fouled out to close the inning.
Princeton scored another single run in the fourth, but the three runs in the fifth inning created a tough deficit to overcome. With a 2-0 advantage, the home team scored its third run on an RBI double from Kaylee Grant, taking a 3-0 lead and putting runners on second and third. Both runners would score on a wild pitch during the next at-bat to take the 5-0 advantage into the fifth.
Dartmouth would see another chance to score in the top of the fifth with runners on first and second, but a strikeout ended the outing as the road team remained scoreless. Tiger’s Harvey hit a sacrifice fly to right field, batting in an insurance run as the Big Green did not get any across in the seventh, ending the game.
Senior Breanna Ethridge started game one and pitched 4.1 innings where she allowed seven hits, five runs, two walks and struck out three with three errors. Freshman Shelby Wilkison came in to toss the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run with one walk, strikeout and error.
Game two started off with Princeton taking an early 1-0 lead in the first on a double RBI from Harvey, but the road team would finally respond in the next inning.
In the first three at-bats, Dartmouth loaded the bases as Loghan Thomas came in to pinch hit, reaching on a fielder’s choice so the runner at third was out at home, but the bases were loaded again. Micah Schroder doubled to center field, batting in the runners on second and third, taking a 2-1 lead.
Continuing with the momentum into the third, in another bases-loaded situation, Castillo hit a single RBI to right field helping the Big Green take a two-run lead. Princeton would get those runs back in the bottom of the inning, tying it up 3-3.
As the rest of the game played out, it seemed Dartmouth could not be stopped, as Martinelli hit her two-run home run to left field, taking back the lead 5-3. In the fifth, McKenna Gray was walked while the bases were loaded with only one out, and she earned the RBI as Bird scored the solo run of the inning.
The road team pushed on, full steam ahead as a single RBI from Ward batted in Schae Nelson and took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers would not go away quietly, a situation the Big Green have seen several times this season, scoring one run in the sixth to cut the lead. Dartmouth was able to tack on one insurance run in the top of the seventh, with an 8-4 lead and three outs away the win was within sight.
Princeton, again, battled hard and scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, on a single RBI from Harvey and later another single from Grant, putting pressure on Turner and the defense to close out the game, as the final batter grounded out to Castillo.
Tomorrow both teams will return to the field for the final game of the three-game series, beginning at 12:30 p.m.