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Dartmouth Eliminated in NCAA Softball Championship by San Diego State

Courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dartmouth dropped its second game in the Tempe Regional, 8-0, to San Diego State on Saturday evening, eliminating the Big Green who made their inaugural appearance in the NCAA Softball Championship's field of 64.

Dartmouth (31-19) picked up five hits on the evening, but SDSU starter Danielle O'Toole shutdown the Big Green offense, allowing two hits in four innings inside the circle. Erica Romero closed out the game for the Aztecs tossing a pair of scoreless innings.

SDSU (40-18) scored three in the third, beginning with singles to Dominique Dinner and Monica Downey, followed by a three-run homer by Kayla Jordan to give the Aztecs a 3-0 lead.

Sydnee Cable walked to begin the fourth inning and then Hayley Miles hit a two-run homer to give the Aztecs a five-run edge.  Sophomore Morgan McCalmon then came on to pitch and allowed a triple down the right field line by Dinner, who scored on a passed ball for the sixth run. San Diego added its fourth run of the frame and seven in the contest on a single to left field by Katie Mathis that allowed Leia Ruiz to score on a throwing error by left fielder freshman Chloe Madill. Ruiz reached base on a double down the left field line.

In the Dartmouth fifth, Madill singled up the middle but was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double on a hard throw by Miles out in center field. Classmate Maddie Damore then singled to the second baseman who made a diving attempt but could not hold on.

In the san Diego State fifth, Kayla Bufardeci doubled and then a sacrifice hit by Jaylene Ignacio moved the runner over to third. With SDSU needing just one more run to end the contest - due to the eight-run mercy rule - Diner flied out to right field, forcing a spectacular throw home by sophomore Brianna Lohmann to complete the double play to end the stanza. 

In the Big Green sixth, McCalmon hit a two-out single to left field, but was unable to advance after a strikeout.

Dartmouth junior starter Kristen Rumley allowed five runs in 3.1 innings and before McCalmon ended the frame allowing two runs. Freshman Ashley Sissel tossed the final inning and allowed the game ending run on a double to the fence by Ruiz.