Dartmouth picked up a 6-0 win in Saturday’s first game against the Princeton softball team and rallied for a 6-5 win in the second game, dealing the Tigers a sweep in the team’s first Ivy road games of 2017.
Princeton will head to Harvard Sunday for a 12:30 p.m. pair. The Tigers are in a tight battle atop the Ivy South, standing at 4-2 with Columbia and Penn close by at 5-3. The ivy North is tight as well heading into Sunday’s play with Dartmouth at 4-3, Yale at 4-4, Harvard at 3-3 and Brown at 3-5.
Breanna Ethridge out-dueled Claire Klausner in the opener after each matched zeroes through the first three innings. A Claire Bird three-run home run put Dartmouth up 3-0 in the fourth before Maddie Damore added a two-run home run for a 5-0 lead in the fifth and Tiffany Dyson tacked on an RBI-single in the sixth for the Big Green’s final run. Ethridge limited the Tigers to just four hits and a walk.
In game two, Princeton didn’t trail until Dartmouth scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to complete a rally after Princeton was up as much as 5-1. The Tigers scored first, with a Kaylee Grant double picking up Allison Harvey in the opening frame before Karen Chaw doubled home Calista Almer in the bottom half of the inning to tie it up. The second was the big inning for the Tigers, who picked up a Keeley Walsh single, a walk to Megan Donahey and an error off a ball hit by Mikayla Blaska to score a run before Harvey singled home two more for a 4-1 lead. Alex Viscusi drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-1.
But the Big Green chipped away, getting a Morgan Martinelli solo home run in the third and an Alyssa Jorgensen RBI-single in the fourth to pull within 5-3 before taking the lead in the fifth. A single from Bird, a double from Lourlin Lara and an error off an Almer-hit ball caught Dartmouth up and gave it the lead.
Morgan Ebow got the win for Dartmouth in game two, throwing five innings before Ethridge came in to limit the Tigers to just a hit over the last two innings to pick up the save. Erica Nori took the loss for the Tigers.
Sunday’s games will be video streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network, and @PUSoftball on Twitter will have updates.