Dartmouth’s Softball Season Comes to Sudden End
Dartmouth's Morgan McCalmon slides safely into second base during Saturday's NCAA Tempe Regional elimination game against San Diego State in Tempe, Ariz. Bruce Yeung photograph
Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley is congratulated by teammate Kelsey Miller (13) after a strikeout to end the inning during Saturday's game against San Diego State in Tempe, Ariz. Bruce Yeung photograph
Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley points to her catcher after a strikeout against San Diego State at the Tempe Regional. Bruce Yeung photograph
Tempe, Ariz. — Unfortunately for the Dartmouth College softball team, there was no storybook ending to an otherwise dream season as the Big Green fell to San Diego State 8-0 in the NCAA Tempe Regional on Saturday night, marking the end of the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
After surrendering five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in Friday’s 8-0 loss to Arizona State, Dartmouth starting pitcher Kristen Rumley looked in command early on, retiring the first six Aztec batters she faced, including a pair of strikeouts.
But Dominique Dinner sparked the San Diego State offense with a single up the middle to leadoff the bottom of the third. Shortstop Monica Downey followed by lining a single past third baseman Kelsey Miller to put runners on first and second for the Aztecs.
After a Leia Ruiz groundout, designated hitter Kayla Jordan blasted a three-run home run to center field, putting SDSU (40-17) ahead 3-0.
After another 1-2-3 inning for starting Aztec pitcher Danielle O’Toole, San Diego State continued its offensive outburst in the fourth. After a Rumley walk to leadoff hitter Sydnee Cable, Dartmouth coach Rachel Hanson elected to pull her starter, bringing in Morgan McCalmon in relief.
McCalmon was immediately greeted by a two-run home run from center fielder Hayley Miles, and the SDSU rout was on.
Dinner tripled down the right field line and scored on fielding error by catcher Alex St. Romaine.
Ruiz followed with a double and scored on a Katie Mathis hit, putting the Aztecs ahead 7-0 through four innings.
O’Toole, who pitched four solid innings, allowing just two hits to collect her 31st win of the season, gave way to Erica Romero, who came in to start the fifth inning and closed the door on the Big Green.
The freshman limited Dartmouth (31-19) to just three hits and without a run over the final two innings.
“She kept us off balance with her change of speed,” Hanson said of O’Toole. “She has a great changeup. She’s got three speeds, really. She’s got her fast stuff, an off-speed curve, and a chang-up, so I think she was just keeping us consistently off balance.
“I think we started making some good contact with her, and they were smart to pull her knowing they’ve got a game next, but I think we were making some good contact by the end.
“I was pleased with how quick we were learning with each at-bat. But hats off, she did a great job.”
The Aztecs added a run in sixth, pushing their lead to eight and applying the mercy rule to the Big Green for the second consecutive game, eliminating Dartmouth from the Tempe Regional.