Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 4 p.m.
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
For the second consecutive season, the race for Ivy League's North Division crown will come down to the final weekend of the regular season with a showdown between Dartmouth and Harvard.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard heads into this weekend having won five of its last seven Ivy League games. Most recently, the Crimson fell to Brown, 4-0 on Thursday in a makeup game from Saturday. Sophomore third baseman Erin Lockhart is enjoying a breakout season at the plate, leading the team with four home runs and 26 RBIs. Rhianna Rich is also having a decent year at the dish, as she is second in the Ancient Eight batting .417. In the circle, two pitchers share the bulk of the pitching duties. Kathleen Duncan has posted a team-best 3.49 ERA with a 7-6 record and three saves in 24 appearances, while Taylor Cabe has made 22 appearances and is 6-7 with a 3.78 ERA.
WE MEET AGAIN
For the second consecutive season, the final meeting of the regular season between the Big Green and the Crimson will determine who will represent the North Division in the Ivy League Championship Series. Last year Harvard took three of four from Dartmouth in the annual home-and-home series to win the division.
BREAKING DOWN THE SCENARIOS
Should the Big Green sweep all four games,or wins three, Dartmouth will win the North Division. If the Crimson win all four games or take three from the Big Green, they will take the division crown. If the series is split and Yale loses at least one game to Brown, Dartmouth also can win the North title. Should the Big Green and Harvard split the series and the Bulldogs sweep the Bears, Yale will host Dartmouth for a one-game playoff.
WHO WILL HOST THE ILCS?
Meanwhile in the South Division, Princeton has already clinched the division title and will most likely host the ILCS. However, Dartmouth can host the ILCS with a sweep of Harvard and the Tigers winning no more than one game against Cornell. The Big Green can also host if they take three of four from Harvard and if Princeton gets swept by the Big Red. Should the Tigers win at least two or more games against Cornell, the ILCS will take place in New Jersey, regardless of the outcome of the North Division's results.
Saturday will also mark the final regular season home game for four seniors on the Dartmouth roster. Playing for the final time in front of the home crowd will be Alyssa Jorgensen, Karen Chaw, Chloe Madill and Maddie Damore.
Calista Almer has also shown speed on the base paths in her rookie season at Dartmouth. She leads the team with 11 stolen bases on 16 attempts. 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 92 batters in 29 appearances. She has posted a 9-15 overall record with a 4.67 ERA and has pitched 16 complete games.
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.
Should Dartmouth qualify for the ILCS, the Big Green will face Princeton with a date, time and location to be announced.