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Dartmouth roundup: Plonka fans record 17 in softball no-hitter

  • Brooke Plonka

Staff Report
Published: 5/15/2021 10:15:28 PM
Modified: 5/15/2021 10:15:27 PM

MEDFORD, Mass. — Dartmouth College’s Brooke Plonka made history during game one of Big Green softball’s doubleheader at Tufts on Saturday.

The junior pitcher threw a no-hitter, the seventh in program history, as Dartmouth won, 5-0. She also set a program record with 17 strikeouts, accounting for all but four of the Jumbos’ outs. The Marilla, N.Y., native finished the gem off in 99 pitches, striking out the final batter looking.

The Big Green completed a twinbill sweep with a 7-4 win in the nightcap.

The only blemishes that kept Plonka from a perfect game were two walks to Tufts’ Mia Steinberg in her first two at-bats.

This is Plonka’s first individual collegiate no-hitter but the second no-no Plonka has contributed to at Dartmouth. She and junior Madie Augusto combined to hold North Carolina A&T hitless in Feburary 2020. This was Dartmouth’s first complete game no-hitter since Kristen Rumley did it against Columbia in March 2015.

The Big Green scattered nine hits and used a four-run fifth inning to take the opener. Billie McFadyen went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Dartmouth, following that with a 4-for-4, three-RBI nightcap. Mary Beth Callahan and Kelly Beaupre both went 2-for-4 in the second game.

With the sweep, Dartmouth finished its pandemic-shortened spring schedule with a 3-2 record.

TRACK AND FIELDZepf runs to victory

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Senior Timothy Zepf won the IC4A title in the 800-meter run in the Big Green’s highlight of Saturday.

Zepf’s victorious time of 1:48.83 brought the Big Green 10 team points. Myles Epstein qualified for Sunday’s 100-meter final with a fourth place in preliminaries; he’s also set for the 200-meter final in the meet’s final day.

At the women’s ECAC Championship, Dartmouth’s Anya Hirschfeld placed second in the 1,500 run in 4:30.21.

WOMEN’S ROWINGDartmouth wraps slate

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Big Green’s top two varsity eights overpowered Williams in a season-ending head-to-head matcup on Lake Onota.

Dartmouth’s first varsity won its race in 7:14.94, with the second varsity right behind in 7:20.43, nearly nine seconds ahead of the Ephs’ first varsity. Williams’ second varsity nipped the Big Green’s third in the day’s other race.

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