NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth softball team extended its win streak to nine games with a 6-3 victory over Yale in Game 1 before falling in Game 2, 10-2 in five innings on Saturday afternoon.
The Big Green are now 11-21-1 overall, 10-4 in Ivy League play, while the Bulldogs move to 13-26 overall 6-8 in conference play.
In Game 1, Dartmouth sent its ace, Breanna Ethridge to the circle where she pitched her 14th complete game of the season, going seven innings with three strikeouts and just two earned runs.
The Big Green got off to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to a lead off, solo home run from senior Karen Chaw for her fourth long ball of the season. Yale responded in the bottom half of the inning when the Bulldogs’ Rachel Paris capitalized on a throwing error by the catcher, scoring from third on a throw to second that went into the outfield, tying the game.
Dartmouth retook the lead in the top of the third after Calista Almer singled to center field before Maddie Damore launched a two-run homer into center field for the 3-1 lead. The Big Green added to their advantage in the top of the fourth plating two runs. With two outs and runners on first and second, Almer singled to center field, collecting two RBIs to give Dartmouth a commanding 5-1 lead.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Big Green tacked on one more insurance run when Claire Bird singled and advanced to second on Tiffany Dyson’s sacrifice bunt. Bird advanced to third on an error by Yale’s third baseman and scored on Almer’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Trailing 6-1, the Bulldogs put together a small rally in the top of the sixth. Allison Skinner hit a one out single to right field which set up Paris for a two run home run to center field, to cut the deficit to 6-3. The inning continued for Yale when the Bulldogs hit back-to-back singles before Terra Jerpbak walked to load the bases with two outs. Ethridge remained in the circle and was able to record the final strikeout to get out of the inning.
Yale had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh, but Dartmouth was able to record the final three outs to extend their win streak to nine games.
In Game 2, Morgan Ebow got the start for the Big Green and the freshman pitcher got into some trouble early in the Elm City. After a lead off single by Shelby Kennedy, Ebow hit two batters to load the basses before she was able to strikeout Madison Stack. A third hit batter scored the first run of the game for the Bulldogs. Another run came across at the next at bat after a wild pitch, giving Yale an early 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs added to their lead when Laina Do hit an RBI single into center field which chased Ebow from the contest, as Dartmouth brought in Tessa Grossman from the bullpen to record the final two outs of the inning. Yale tacked on another run in the bottom of the third when Camille Weisenbach scored on a wild pitch and could have gotten more with runners at the corners, but the Big Green were able to escape without any more damage.
With just a swing of the bat in the top of the fourth, Dartmouth cut its deficit to two runs when Chaw singled before Morgan Martinelli parked a two-run homer into center field. The Bulldogs got both of these runs back with a two run blast of their own. Skinner doubled to right field and was pinch run for by Sydney Glover. This brought up Francesca Casalino who hit a two run homer to left field, extending Yale’s lead to 6-2.
The Big Green could not get anything going in the top of the fifth which brought the Bulldogs back to the dish. After a pair of walks and a base hit, Kennedy hit an RBI single with the bases loaded to extend Yale’s lead. The next batter, Do was hit by a pitch, which plated another run for the home team. This brought up Skinner who ended the game via the run rule with her two RBI single to right-center field.
Both teams will return to the diamond to conclude the season series tomorrow with a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m.