Saturday, April 15, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 2:30 p.m.
THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
The Dartmouth softball team concludes an eight game homestand with a four-game series with Brown on Saturday and Sunday.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown heads into the weekend with an 11-19 overall mark and 3-5 record in Ancient Eight play. Last week the Bears split a pair of doubleheaders with Columbia and Penn and will play Holy Cross this Thursday before visiting the Granite State. Senior Christina Andrews has been a solid contributor at the plate with a team-high 32 hits, including seven doubles and four homers. Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto has had a solid rookie debut in Providence, leading the team with 17 RBIs. In the circle, Katie Orona is the team’s top hurler with a 5-8 record and team-best 3.26 ERA. Sophomore Meghan Wimmer has also recorded five wins with a 4.03 ERA.
HITTING THEIR STRIDE
After navigating a difficult non conference slate, the Big Green have hit their stride as of late. Dartmouth has won four consecutive Ivy League contests to take an early one-game lead over Yale in the North Division standings. Meanwhile in the South Division, Princeton is in control for the time being with a 6-2 record in conference play.
For the first time this season, the Big Green swept the Ivy League’s weekly awards. Claire Bird was named Player of the Week, Breanna Ethridge was tabbed as Pitcher of the Week, while Calista Almer garnered Co-Rookie of the Week honors as announced by the league office last Monday.
Almer has also shown speed on the base paths in her rookie season at Dartmouth. She leads the team with nine stolen bases. The program record for stolen bases in a season is 13, which was set by Lourlin Lara last year.
THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT
Ethridge has found success in the circle this season. The Loganville, Georgia native leads the Ivy League in strikeouts, having fanned 75 batters in 22 appearances. She has posted a 5-13 overall record with a 4.95 ERA and has pitched 11 complete games.
LEADING THE WAY
Dartmouth senior Maddie Damore has been hitting the ball well in her final season in a Big Green uniform. She has a team-high 27 hits including four home runs and four doubles.
S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C
All three members of the Dartmouth coaching staff have ties to the Southeastern Conference. Doepking played four seasons at Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols to an impressive 246-46 (.842) record from 2005-08, she also played in three consecutive Women’s College World Series from 2005-07. Returning for her third season in Hanover is Molly Fichtner who graduated from Alabama in 2014. As a catcher for the Crimson Tide, Fichtner appeared in 102 games, starting 88. As a senior Fichtner reached the Women’s College World Series and was named to the All-SEC Second Team. Joining the staff this year is Jackie Traina, who also is an Alabama graduate and former teammate of Fichtner. In 2012, Traina helped the Crimson Tide win its first National Championship, earning Women’s College World Series MVP honors. Traina was also a member of the USA National Team in 2012, 2014 and 2015, where she won a gold medal at the World Cup of Softball in 2015.
Can’t make it to the games? All four contests will be streamed live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers. DartmouthSports.com will provide live stats links for those looking to follow along during the games.
Dartmouth will wrap up non conference play when the Big Green travel to UMass Lowell on Wednesday, April 19 at 4:30 before heading to Yale for a four-game series on April 22-23.