Dartmouth Splits Softball Twinbill

HAnover — The Dartmouth softball team closed its first Ivy League home weekend with a split against South Division foe Princeton at the Dartmouth Softball Park yesterday, taking a 4-1 win in the opener and dropping a 9-7 decision in the late contest.

Rookie Kathy Dzienkowski led the Big Green (14-16 overall, 4-4 league), nailing her first collegiate home run in the second inning of game one, putting Dartmouth ahead early. The Tigers (20-11, 5-3) rallied for a run in the top of the fifth, but the Big Green answered with a three-run fifth built on two Princeton errors, an RBI single from Jonele Conceicao and a two-run double by Kelsey Miller.

Sophomore Kristen Rumley, notched her 13th win of the season by surrendering seven hits and striking out six. Rumley also went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The Big Green hosts Boston College in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Baseball

Green, Tigers Share

Hanover — A career-high 11 strikeouts from pitcher Kyle Hunter pushed Dartmouth to a 6-1 win in the second half of an Ivy League doubleheader with Princeton yesterday, one the Tigers opened with a 7-1 victory.

After giving up hits to two of the first three batters he faced, Hunter took over. The left-handed fanned at least one batter in seven of the eight innings he threw and retired 12 straight Princeton batters at one point. Jeff Keller went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple and scored four runs to lead Dartmouth.

Princeton received a seven-inning complete game from Zak Hermans and 13 hits from the lineup to take the opener.

The Big Green hosts Cornell today, with the noon opener set for nine innings because of national television coverage with Fox College Sports.

Men’s Lacrosse

Yale 7, Dartmouth 5

New Haven, Conn. — The Big Green (2-7 overall, 0-3 league) let a late lead slip in an Ivy League loss to the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (6-3, 2-2).

The loss was the fourth in a row for Dartmouth, which has yet to win on the road this spring. The Big Green also lost for the ninth straight time to a top-20 opponent.

Tied at the half following an early 3-1 deficit, Chris Costabile and Jake Weil scored to give Dartmouth a 5-3 edge in the third quarter. Conrad Oberbeck brought Yale to within a goal with 55 seconds left in the period, and Colin Flaherty’s natural hat trick in the fourth quarter turned the game the hosts’ way.

Costabile also scored three times for Dartmouth, which picked up 11 saves from goalie Bernie Susskind. The Big Green hosts Hartford on Tuesday.

Men’s Crew

Varsity Four Wins

Worcester, Mass. — The varsity foursome of Jack Wojnas, Will Johnson, Rahul Raina, Jamie Billings and coxswain Nick Shallow provided the highlight of the Big Green’s season-opening meet with Holy Cross, Columbia and MIT on Lake Quinsigamond.

The crew won its race in 7 minutes, 8.7 seconds, beating MIT by 12 seconds. The 2,000-meter race was contested in a 15 mph tailwind with moderate chop in the fist 1,000 meters, deteriorating over the second half of the race. The Big Green’s three varsity eights all placed second in their races.

Varsity Lights Victorious

New Milford, Conn. — Considered one of the top boats in the country, the Big Green men’s lightweights didn’t disappoint in a win over Delaware and Fordham at the GMS Rowing Center.

Dartmouth posted a winning time of 5 minutes, 17.5 seconds over 1.900 meters, beating Delaware by three seconds. The Big Green is coming off a second-place finish at nationals last season.

Women’s Crew

Dartmouth Opens Season

Kingston, r.i. — Dartmouth kicked off its 2013 campaign with a dual regatta against Rhode Island and Rutgers in difficult rowing conditions.

The Big Green picked up wins from second varsity boats. The eights defeated URI by more than 20 seconds in 8 minutes, 25.97 seconds, while the fours came in more than a half-minute ahead of the Rams in 9:17.56.

Dartmouth heads to New Jersey today to race against Columbia and Northeastern.

Women’s Tennis

Columbia 7, Dartmouth 0

New York — The Big Green dropped its fourth match in a row, falling to the Lions at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The defeat came on the heels of a 4-3 loss at Cornell on Friday in which Sarah Bessen, Melissa Matsuoka and Katherine Yau provided Dartmouth’s points.

The Big Green (7-6, 0-2) hosts Penn and Princeton next weekend.

Boys Lacrosse

Pomfret 7, KUA 2

Ashburnham, Mass. — Pomfret pulled away with a strong second half to defeat the Wildcats (0-2) in a game played at Cushing Academy.

Andrew Jarrett and Eric Megnia provided Kimball Union’s goals, and netminder Santiago Morales finished with 12 saves.

KUA visits Williston-Northampton on Wednesday.