Big Green Softball Splits Pair With Pacific, UC Davis

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Davis, Calif. — The Dartmouth College softball team split a doubleheader at the Aggie Spring Swing Invitational, defeating Pacific, 3-1, for its eighth consecutive win before falling to UC Davis, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon.

The Big Green is now 10-9. The Tigers fell to 14-13, and the Aggies improve to 11-13.

In game one, Dartmouth sent sophomore Breanna Ethridge to the circle as the Loganville, Ga., native picked up her third win to improve to 3-3 on the season. The contest remained scoreless until the top of the third when senior Katie McEachern laid down a bunt single and stole second to get into scoring positon. Pacific’s pitcher, Kenya Lindstrom, walked two consecutive batters to load the bases.

Senior Morgan McCalmon came in to pitch in the bottom of the sixth, thwarting any attempt of a Pacific comeback to earn her third save of the year. Pacific led off with a double to right-center to lead off the seventh, but after a pop out to second base and back-to-back strikeouts, Dartmouth secured its eighth consecutive victory.

Game two pitted the Big Green against the host school, UC Davis, as freshman Lauren Stone got the start for Dartmouth. The Aggies got after it early: In the top of the first with two outs, Alexis Carney singled down the left field line. The following batter, Ashley Lotoszynski, hit a double to left, as Carney scored for the 1-0 lead.

The Big Green returns to the diamond today for the final game of the Aggie Spring Swing Invitational against UC Davis at 1.

Baseball Dartmouth 1, USF 0

Tampa, Fla. — Senior right-hander Duncan Robinson twirled a four-hit shutout for his second straight complete game as Dartmouth (5-12) edged South Florida (13-11) at USF Baseball Stadium.The game’s only run came home in the sixth on senior Joe Purritano’s two-out RBI single as the Big Green snapped a three-game skid.

Robinson (2-2) faced three batters over the minimum to record his second career shutout, throwing 103 pitches — 71 for strikes — and fanning eight batters without issuing a walk.

Dartmouth and USF will play the rubber game of the series today at noon.

Men’s Lacrosse Harvard 18, Dartmouth 8

Boston — The Dartmouth College men’s lacrosse team lost, 18-8, Saturday at Harvard, the fourth time in the last five years the Big Green has opened Ivy League play with a setback against its arch-rival. Wiley Osborne and Richie Loftus each scored twice for the visitors, but the No. 14 Crimson scored the game’s first four goals and 10 of the first 12 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Harvard improved to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play while Dartmouth dropped to 1-6 and 0-1. The Big Green managed a double-overtime upset of the No. 15 Crimson last season in Hanover but was never closer than five goals after the midpoint of Saturday’s second quarter. Senior goaltender Blair Friedensohn made seven saves during the first half before being replaced after intermission by freshman Joe Balaban, who stopped eight shots.

Dartmouth held a 38-36 shot advantage but that was little consolation with Harvard scoring on half of its attempts. The hosts used 33 players, including four goaltenders, and benefitted from 20 Big Green turnovers.

Dartmouth has surrendered double-digit goals in all but five of the 20 games since coach Brendan Callahan took over before last season. The Big Green was 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the Ivies a year ago.

Dartmouth will play on the road at Vermont (4-5) on Tuesday. The Big Green hosts Cornell (3-4, 0-2) next Saturday and likely needs to win at least three of its remaining five Ivy games to qualify for the league’s four-team, postseason tournament. Dartmouth has not qualified for that event since it began in 2010.

Women’s Golf Dartmouth Sits SixthAt Bearcat Spring Classic

Howey in the Hills, Fla. — The Big Green moved up three spots to sixth after the second round of the Bearcat Spring Classic, with a combined score of 644.

The Big Green shot a 318 as a team.

Sophomore Jessica Kittelberger was the top finisher for Dartmouth, shooting a team-best 36 on the front nine, while shooting a 41 on the back nine to finish at 5-over-par 77 on the afternoon.

The final round of the Bearcat Spring Classic will take place tomorrow with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Women’s Tennis Dartmouth 6, Houston 1

Hanover — Dartmouth returned to Hanover after spending spring break in California, defeating Houston in its first match back at the Boss Tennis Center in more than a month. The Big Green improved to 9-3 on the season, while the Cougars fell to 4-15.

Wins at the No. 1 and 2 doubles positions gave the first point to the home team.

Dartmouth will open Ivy League play next weekend, hosting Columbia on Friday and Cornell the next day, with both matches beginning at 2 p.m.