Big Green Freshman Hits for Cycle in Win
Boca Raton, Fla. — Dartmouth softball freshman Katie McEachern made history by becoming the first player in program history to hit for the cycle in an 8-7 win over Iowa State to open the FAU Parents Weekend Tournament. The Big Green dropped its second game to host FAU, 5-0.
McEachern went 4-for-4 against the Cyclones with three runs and three RBIs, highlighted by two-run homer in the third. McEachern completed the cycle with a leadoff triple in the seventh inning.
Teammates Kara Curosh also added three hits against Iowa State as Dartmouth banged out a season-best 13 hits.
Kristen Rumley picked up her eighth win, allowing just two runs on six hits in 51∕3 innings. She also threw five strikeouts.
Dartmouth is back in action today with games against Elon and Bethune-Cookman.
Dartmouth 10, Babson 3
Winter Haven, Fla. — Junior left-hander Mitch Horacek did not allow an earned run over five innings while striking out a career-high eight hitters, and eight of the nine Dartmouth starters scored at least one run as the Big Green defeated Babson in the RussMatt Invitational. Dartmouth improved to 10-1; the Division III Beavers fell to 4-3.
Chad Piersma, Dustin Selzer and Jay Graham each had two hits and two RBIs for the Big Green, which matched its best 11-game start to a season. Dartmouth started the 1958 and 1998 campaigns with 10-1 records.
Horacek (3-0) kept the Babson hitters in check, although he allowed at least one base runner in each of his five innings on the hill. But none of the runners advanced past second base. The southpaw yielded just the one unearned run on three hits and three walks while fanning a season-high eight batters.
Freshman Duncan Robinson hurled two perfect innings of relief before giving way to rookie Beau Sulser, who surrendered the final two runs during his two innings in his first collegiate appearance.
Dartmouth was scheduled to play Bradley (9-10) later in the day, but was rained out in the bottom of the first. The teams will play two seven-inning games today to conclude Dartmouth’s 10-game, eight-day trip in Florida.
Dartmouth Senior Honored
Atlantic City, n.j. — Dartmouth senior Mike Keenan was named a member of the All-ECAC Hockey second team for his efforts as a senior this past season in helping the Big Green to a fifth-place finish in the league standings.
The Big Green also received the Turfer Athletic/Joe Marsh Sportsmanship Trophy, presented to the team voted to be the most gentlemanly over the course of the season.
Sophomore center Tyler Sikura was named a finalist for the Best Defensive Forward honor, given to the player who exemplifies and excels at a two-way style of play. The award was won by Cornell’s Greg Miller.
For Keenan, it was his first time being recognized by the ECAC Hockey head coaches, who vote on all awards and team selections.
Keenan set career highs in goals (5), assists (11), points (16) and penalty minutes (58) in his final season wearing a Dartmouth sweater. Keenan was also named a member of the 2012-13 All-Ivy League First Team.
First-place Quinnipiac earned a slew of honors: Eric Hartzell was named player of the year, the Bobcats’ Rand Pecknold was named coach of the year, Zach Davies was named best defensive defenseman and Eric Hartzell was named goalie of the year.