HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth softball team held on for the series finale win over Brown, 7-6, to wrap up the regular season. After a late rally from the Bears added four runs to the road team’s score in the top of the sixth, the Big Green defense would hold on as freshman Heather Turner struck out two of the final batters from Brown and sealed the win earning her third save of the season.
Dartmouth finishes with an overall record of 21-16 on the season and an Ivy League mark of 16-5 for first place in the conference, while the Bears end their 2018 campaign at 11-28, 5-16.
For the last game of the regular season the Big Green had a very strong showing in the first inning and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Brown pitcher Katie Orona loaded the bases and walked Abby Shipley, putting the first run on the board, and then walked Tessa Grossman in the next at bat. Dartmouth took a 2-0 lead with one out and still had the bases loaded.
Orona was then replaced by Emily Waters who pitched in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Bears infield was able to grab the second out on a pop up, but the bases remained loaded as Morgan Ebow came to bat. Ebow singled to left field and brought home two runs to finish the dominant first inning.
Returning for more action in the second, Jade Bravo hit a ball deep to center field and had enough time to make it safely to third for her second triple of the year. Schae Nelson followed with a single down the left line to bring Bravo home and the action continued as Loghan Thomas doubled down the line as well, advancing Nelson to third.
Shipley collected her first RBI of the day in the next at bat, scoring Nelson from third as the Big Green extended the lead to 6-0. Both Thomas and Shipley would advance on a passed ball as Tessa Grossman was batting, putting Thomas in scoring position and she took the run on a fielder’s choice as Grossman was tagged out at first.
Dartmouth took a 7-0 lead into the third inning, when Brown finally cut into the lead. Cat Seitz batted in her teammate from second to score the first run for the road team, before Meghan Wimmer hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Seitz.
Neither team would get runs across in the fourth or fifth, but the sixth inning put the Bears in a position to tie the game, similar to how the second game of the series played out. The leadoff batter walked and advanced to second on fielder’s choice, before Kaitlin Okimoto singled up the middle pushing the runner to third. On a wild pitch Madi Cranford scored and Okimoto moved to second before advancing to third on an error by the catcher.
With only one out and the runner on third, Seitz collected an RBI on her single to left field and the lead was cut by two runs, 7-4. Wimmer was productive at bat, hitting a home run over the left-center field fence for a two-run homer. Brown had one more player record a hit in the top of the sixth but did not see any more runs across as the Big Green led by only one run going into the bottom of the inning.
The home team was unable to put any insurance runs on the board in the sixth and would rely on freshman Heather Turner. Turner struck out the first batter before Cranford grounded out to take the second out, and took down the final batter Grace Ladd as she struck out looking.
While Turner earned the save for her work in closing the game, fellow freshman Shelby Wilkison was credited with the win after pitching six innings where she allowed 11 hits and six runs with five errors as she struck out five.
Freshman Schae Nelson had the best showing at the plate today with three hits in her three at-bats as she recorded one RBI and scored two runs.
Next week Dartmouth will host Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series, the dates and times are yet to be determined.