KENNESAW, Ga. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to UAB, 11-5 in game one of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Memorial Tournament before dropping a 9-0 decision to Kennesaw State in six innings on Friday evening.
The Big Green are now 0-7-1 overall, while the Blazers improve to 5-11 and the Owls improve to 11-5.
In game one of the tournament against UAB, both teams got off to quick start scoring a run in the first inning of play. In the top half of the first, the Blazer’s Joanna Fallen hit her team-leading ninth home run, which was a solo shot to right-center field. Dartmouth got the run back in its first turn at the plate when Micah Schroder hit an RBI single back to the pitcher, scoring Jorgensen from third.
UAB responded in the second plating two runs, when Analyse Petree smacked a two-out, two-RBI double to right-center. In the third, the Blazers would add to their lead scoring five runs. With one out and two runners on base, Rachel Dunsford hit an RBI single through the left side. The next batter, Lizzie Ryan laid down a bunt single, advancing the runners. After a popup, Amy Waters walked with the bases loaded before Petree hit a three RBI double to right center.
The Big Green responded in their bottom half of the third. Karen Chaw led off with a single setting up Morgan Martinelli for a two-run homer to right field. The long ball was Martinelli’s first home run of the season. Dartmouth was not finished when Chole Madill hit a two-out solo homer to right-center, cutting the deficit to 8-4.
Tessa Grossman came in to pitch in relief of Breanna Ethridge in the fourth and did not allow any runs through the fourth of fifth. In the the bottom of the fifth, the Big Green came within three runs of UAB’s lead. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Dartmouth as Lourlin Lara came to the plate with one out. Lara was able to reach first on a fielder’s choice as Schroader crossed home plate. Despite having the bases loaded, the Big Green were only able to get one run across in the fifth.
After a scoreless sixth, the Blazers put the game out of reach by scoring three runs. Ashton Clem walked with the bases loaded, collecting the RBI before N. Erwin hit a two RBI single to left field. In Dartmouth’s final chance at the dish, Schroder led off with a single to left, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice, thwarting any attempt for a late game rally.
In game two of the afternoon, Morgan Ebow got the start in the circle for the Big Green against the host school, Kennesaw State. It was a rough afternoon for the Big Green bats, as Alley Cutting got the win for the home team by pitching a perfect game with eight strikeouts.The Owls struck first in the first when Courtney Sutter reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Olivia Tamewitz from third.
A scoreless second gave way to the third when Kennesaw State tacked on a trio of runs thanks to a bases loaded, two-RBI single to right field from Noelle Winkles. The Owls then pulled off a double-steal that saw Winkles take second and Sutter cross home plate, giving her team a 4-0 lead.
Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the fourth or fifth which gave way to the sixth when Kennesaw State broke the game open, scoring five runs to end the game in the bottom of the sixth via the run rule. With the bases loaded, Hannah Thompson walked which plated a run. On the next at bat for the Owls, Taylor Denton doubled to center field which scored a pair of runs before Tamewitz hit a two-RBI single up the middle to end the ball game.
Dartmouth returns to action tomorrow for another contest with Kennesaw State at 3 p.m.