Dartmouth Big Green (19-16, 13-5 Ivy League) vs.
Brown Bears (11-25, 5-13 Ivy League)
Date: Saturday doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Dartmouth Softball Park
REGULAR SEASON FINALE
This weekend the Dartmouth softball team hosts Brown for a three-game series in the regular season finale beginning Saturday. Next week the Big Green will play Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series with the game site yet to be determined.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown is coming off two big wins over Harvard, including an 11-3 series finale on Sunday. Leading the Bears’ offense is junior Meghan Wimmer with a .411 batting average, she has 37 hits in 90 at bats with 19 RBI, eight doubles, six home runs and one triple. Wimmer is also fourth in the Ivy League in batting average and leads the conference in on base percentage with .513. Freshman Grace Ladd is leading the Brown pitching staff, with a 2.43 ERA she has pitched 31.2 innings allowing 23 hits and 15 runs, she has 13 strikeouts. While Wimmer leads the team offensively she has also put in time on the mound, with 65.2 innings pitched she is first on the team in strikeouts with 36. The Bears have taken conference wins over Princeton, Penn, Yale and Harvard and are eighth in the Ivy League.
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
Dartmouth took a four-game sweep over Brown at home last season, concluding the series finale with a 7-5 victory. The Big Green were led by Morgan Martinelli who hit two home runs, including a three-run homer, taking a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Dartmouth would not be able to keep the road team scoreless though, as the Bears came back and scored five runs in the next inning to tie it up. Martinelli returned to save the day in the bottom of the sixth hitting a single to right center scoring Karen Chaw as Breanna Ethridge closed out the game in the top of the seventh.
LAST TIME OUT
Last week the Big Green took down Yale in all three games, capping off with a 3-2 finale win on Sunday. The home team was leading 2-0 in the sixth when the Bulldogs finally put a run on the board on a solo homer from Phylicia Wilkov. Dartmouth didn’t score any more runs in the bottom of the inning, but only needed three outs to take the win, when the road team would make things interesting scoring another run this time on an RBI double. All tied up going to the bottom of the seventh, Tatyanah Castillo led off with a double as Claire Bird came in to pinch run for her. Tiffany Dyson laid down a bunt and reached first safely, as Bird remained on second, before Micah Schroder scored her on a hit up the middle.
THE CLASS OF 2018
This weekend’s series concludes the celebration of honoring Dartmouth’s three seniors, Claire Bird, Tiffany Dyson and Breanna Ethridge. The three members of the class of 2018 have three scheduled games left at the Dartmouth Softball Park, with the possibility of hosting the Ivy League Championship Series still looming.
THE ROAD AHEAD
After losing to Harvard last year in the series to decide the North Division title, this year the Big Green have gained some redemption after securing a place in the ILCS next weekend. The Crimson are already sealed to play and have concluded their season, with a 14-7 conference record. If Dartmouth takes two wins away from Brown the championship games will be played in Hanover, but if the weekend ends in a 1-2 or 0-3 series against the Bears then Harvard will host.
WATCH THE ACTION
This weekend’s games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network and Sunday’s game will also be streamed on ESPN+. The ILN is available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN App for Android and Apple devices to subscribers. ESPN+ is a subscription service available online for a fee and is currently promoting a seven-day free trial. While the broadcast is under the ESPN umbrella, fans do not have to have a cable package to be able to view games on the platform. Live stats for the games will be provided by DartmouthSports.com.
This is the final regular season series for the Big Green as they will face Harvard next weekend in the ILCS.