Dartmouth Players Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore pitcher/designated player Morgan McCalmon was named the 2014 Ivy League softball player of the year, and junior Kristen Rumley was tabbed Ivy League pitcher of the year, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
McCalmon and Rumley were also selected to the All-Ivy first team along with sophomore shortstop Katie McEachern. Rumley and McEachern were chosen as unanimous decisions at their respective positions. McCalmon also picked up All-Ivy second-team recognition as a pitcher. Senior second baseman Kara Curosh was named to the second team.
Entering the NCAA tournament this weekend, McCalmon leads the Ivy League in batting (.389 clip). She had the longest hitting streak in the Ancient Eight this season at 17 straight games, the fifth-longest in league history. In all games, McCalmon hit six home runs with 27 RBIs. She hit a pair of homers on April 5 against Penn and drove home six runs.
McCalmon is the first Dartmouth player to win player of the year since the award was established in 1985.
In addition, McCalmon was an effective pitcher for the Big Green, going 9-1 in League play with a 1.51 ERA.
Rumley became the third straight player to earn consecutive pitcher of the year awards. She went 18-7 overall in the circle with a 1.86 ERA and a league-high 193 strikeouts. Inside the League, Rumley was 9-1 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA. In her 34 appearances this season, she recorded six or more strikeouts in 20 of them. She has 529 strikeouts in her career, already ranking seventh-best in Ivy League history.
McEachern, the Ivy League’s rookie of the year in 2013, is second in the league in RBIs with 30. She hit .344 overall this season. In a league-high 173 plate appearances, McEachern struck out just 14 times. Curosh played a vital role this season at second base, as tshe tied for the fewest errors among starting infielders. A co-captain this season, she hit .276 with two home runs and 18 RBs. In the decisive game of the Ivy League Championship Series, Curosh hit a two-run home run in the Big Green’s 7-3 win over the Penn Quakers.
The Big Green will return to action on Friday when its meet ninth-seed Arizona State in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament’s Tempe Regional. The game will broadcast live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. ET.