Strong Pitching in Game One Helps Dartmouth Split at Brown

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A strong pitching performance led to a 3-1 game one win at Brown Saturday afternoon. Dartmouth then fell behind early in game two and could not make up enough ground to comeback, falling 6-4, to split the doubleheader.

The Big Green (9-26, 6-11 Ivy) compiled 10 hits in each game for 20 on the day, while the Bears (11-23, 4-13 Ivy) snapped a 15-game losing streak against Dartmouth dating back to 2015.  

Game One:
A great pitching performance and early offense led the Big Green to a 3-1 victory over Brown in game one.

Shelby Wilkison earned the win in the circle going 5.0 innings, only allowing one earned on three hits with a strikeout. Brooke Plonka picked up the two-inning save as she gave up just one hit and struck out a batter.

Calista Almer went 3-4 in the leadoff spot with a run scored, while Micah Schroder and Bryce West each had two hits for Dartmouth. West and Tessa Grossman both had an RBI in the game.

All three runs for the Big Green came in the first inning. Almer led off with a triple and Taylor Ward walked to put runners on the corners. Ward attempted to steal second and the throw from the Brown catcher allowed Almer to cross the plate.

Dartmouth then loaded the bases for West who drove home Morgan Martinelli with a base hit and kept the bases full of Big Green runners. Grossman followed with a single up the middle to bring around Schae Neslon and bring the Dartmouth lead to 3-0 after the first inning.

Wilkison held Brown to three hits in five 5.0 innings of work. The Bears got on the board in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Katie O’Leary to make the score 3-1.

Plonka shut the door on Brown in the final two innings to secure her second save of the season.

Game Two:
Brown scored all six of its runs in the first two innings and hung on to beat Dartmouth, 6-4, in game two.

Micah Schroder went 3-4 at the plate with two RBIs, while Calista Almer, Taylor Ward and Morgan Ebow all had two hits. Ebow and Morgan Martinelli each drove in a run for the Big Green.

The Bears got on the board with an RBI single in the first and extended their lead with a five run second where Brown hit two home runs. With two runners on, Cat Seitz homered to straight-away center field. Later in the inning, Karina Chavarria launched a two-run shot over the right field fence to bring the lead to 6-0.

Dartmouth began its comeback attempt in the fifth inning. With two outs, Ebow, Almer and Taylor Ward all singled to load the bases. Micah Schroder kept it going with a base knock of her own to bring home two runs and cut the deficit to 6-2.

With two gone in the sixth, Ebow doubled to right-center to score Tessa Grossman, who walked earlier in the inning.

With their backs against the wall, Ward started the seventh inning with a triple to right. Martinelli then drove Ward home with an RBI groundout, but it would not be enough as the Big Green did not score any more runs.

Game time for the final game of the series on Sunday has been moved up to 9 a.m. due to rain in the forecast. Dartmouth will look to take its third Ivy League series of the season in Providence.   

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