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Dartmouth Roundup: Plonka’s gem gives softball a season-starting split

  • Brooke Plonka

Staff Reports
Published: 2/21/2020 10:22:51 PM
Modified: 2/21/2020 10:22:37 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Dartmouth College softball team opened its season with a split of games at the Charleston Classic, losing to No. 25 Virginia Tech before getting a 2-0 shutout of the host College of Charleston thanks to a complete-game, 14-strikeout effort from pitcher Brooke Plonka.

A sophomore from Marilla, N.Y., Plonka held the Cougars to just four hits to give the Big Green (1-1) a win on opening day. Abby Shiply’s two-run double in the third inning plated Micah Schroder and Calista Almer with the only runs Dartmouth would need, and Plonka took care of the rest.

Billie McFayden went 2-for-3 with a double to power the offense.

The Big Green had no answer for the Hokies in game one, losing the run-rule game after taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. A Schroder single and a Schae Nelson double fronted three straight walks to account for Dartmouth’s only runs.

The Big Green meets Army and Ohio on Saturday.

BASEBALL Indiana State 1Dartmouth 0

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Big Green (0-1) came out on the short end of a pitchers’ duel in its season opener, a game in which both teams combined for just six hits.

The Sycamores’ Brandt Nowaski knocked a full-court pitch off the right-field foul pole in the bottom of the seventh for his first collegiate home run and the game’s only run. Dartmouth starter Austen Michel was otherwise excellent, fanning five with one walk and the one run allowed over 6⅔ innings.

The Big Green plays a doubleheader with Chicago State on Saturday.

MEN’S BASKETBALLDartmouth 66, Penn 59

HANOVER — The Big Green (10-14, 3-6) continued its revival with a third straight Ivy League win, dusting off the Quakers (13-9, 5-4) at Leede Arena.

Despite hitting just 41.7% from the floor in the second half and 39.3% for the night, Dartmouth pulled out the win with a solid second half. Aaryn Rai hit two foul shots to break a 37-37 tie with 14:38 left in the game, and the Big Green held as much as a 10-point lead the rest of the way.

Rai had a game-high 18 points, backed by 16-point efforts from Chris Knight and Trevon Ary-Turner. Dartmouth hosts Princeton on Saturday.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALLPenn 67, Dartmouth 31

PHILADELPHIA — The Big Green struggled on offense in dropping its seventh game in its last eight starts.

Dartmouth scored just four points in the second quarter and five in the fourth against the host Quakers (16-5, 6-2), who held a 30-14 lead at the half. Katie Doublas, Paula Lenart and Asha Taylor all had six points for the Big Green.

Dartmouth visits Princeton on Saturday.

MEN’S HOCKEYDartmouth 5St. Lawrence 2

CANTON, N.Y. — Drew O’Connor struck twice during a four-goal run with which the Big Green (12-10-4, 9-8-2) rallied to beat the Saints (3-24-4, 1-17-1) in an ECAC Hockey contest.

O’Connor’s first, at 15:05 of the second period, drew Dartmouth level at 2-2. Tanner Palocsik netted the eventual game-winner just three minutes later for the visitors.

The Big Green dominated the third period, outshooting their hosts, 11-3. O’Connor upped the lead to 4-2 with 7:27 to play with his team-high 17th goal, and Will Graber hit an empty net with 19 seconds left to cap a one-goal, one-assist night.

Adrian Clark earned the win in goal with 16 saves. The Big Green visits Clarkson on Saturday.

WOMEN'S HOCKEYSt. Lawrence 3Dartmouth 2

HANOVER — The Big Green (7-18-3, 4-14-3) spotted the Saints (13-13-7, 8-9-4) a 3-0 lead, then nearly erased it with a third-period comeback at Thompson Arena.

Lotti Odnoga and Currie Putrah scored about three minutes apart early in the final period to slice the three-goal gap to one. Dartmouth pounded 21 shots on the St. Lawrence net over the last 20 minutes of play but couldn't solve Lucy Morgan, the last of three Saints netminders, a third time. Morgan, Caitlin Whitehead and Jaimie Rainville combined on 36 saves for the visitors.

Kayla Wormsbecher recorded 29 denials for the Big Green, which wraps up its season with Clarkson on Saturday.

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