PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A combined shutout and timely hitting led Dartmouth to a 2-0 victory at Brown Sunday morning. The victory marks the third time this year that the Big Green (10-26, 7-11 Ivy) have taken an Ivy League series, while the Bears (11-24, 4-14 Ivy) have only won a conference series once.
Sophomore Heather Turner threw five scoreless innings on three hits while striking out a batter to earn her third win of the season and freshman Brooke Plonka picked up her third save of the year by hurling two hitless innings with three K’s. Senior Taylor Ward homered and singled to score both runs and Calista Almer finished with three hits.
Ward set the tone with a solo home run in the first inning for the first run of the game for her fifth of the season.
Turner kept the Big Green on top by facing just 18 batters over her five innings of work. Along with the strikeout, Turner retired seven batters with groundouts and six with balls in the air.
Plonka entered the game with nobody out in the sixth and struck out two of the first three batters she faced.
Dartmouth added an insurance run in the seventh. After Morgan Ebow and Almer got on base, Ward singled to center on a 3-0 count to bring home Ebow and give the Big Green a 2-0 advantage.
In Brown’s last chance in the bottom of the seventh, Plonka registered two fly outs and struck out the final batter of the game to secure the save.
The Big Green play their final non-conference and final road game of the year when they face Boston College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.