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May 14, 2014

Dartmouth Ready for NCAA, National Television Debut

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- After winning its first Ivy League Championship Series, Dartmouth is poised to make its debut in the NCAA Softball Championship this weekend. 

The Big Green will head to Tempe, Ariz. and face Arizona State in the opening round of the four-team Tempe Regional. The game is slated for 6 pm (ET) and will be televised by ESPNU. Michigan and San Diego State will play in the other first round game, which will also be on ESPNU beginning at 3:30 pm (ET). 

Dartmouth (31-17) is one of six teams in the 64-team field that is making its first-ever appearance, joining Bryant, Charleston Southern, SIU Edwardsville, Texas Southern and Utah Valley.

Arizona State (44-10-1) is making its 26th appearance in the tournament and its 11th in a row. The Sun Devils are 83-49 all-time in NCAA Championship play. They earned an at-large slot into the field and are seeded ninth overall. 

Michigan (42-12) is making appearance No. 22 all-time and their 20th in a row. Michigan hasn't missed the tournament since 1994. The Wolverines are 75-46 all-time in NCAA postseason play. Michigan earned an at-large slot into the field. 

San Diego State (39-17) is making its 10th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs, who have qualified each of the last seven years, are 13-18 all-time in NCAA Championship play. They won the Mountain West Championship and earned an automatic bid. It is the fourth time in the last six years that the Aztecs have been sent to Tempe for the NCAA Regional. 

Arizona State is playing an Ancient Eight school for just the second-time ever. The Sun Devils faced Princeton in 2004 at the Leadoff Classic. The Tigers won that game, 3-1.

Dartmouth earned its way to the NCAA field by first winning the Ivy League's North Division in thrilling fashion, winning three straight over Harvard, including the final two in Cambridge, to clinch the title. The Big Green then won a three-game series over South Division winner Penn in the Ivy League Championship Series. Dartmouth rallied from a 3-0 deficit by scoring seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings in the deciding game. Kara Curosh's two-run homer in the fifth sparked the rally. The Big Green then scored five more times in the sixth before Rumley retired the side in the seventh. 

The Big Green are led by Ivy League Player of the Year Morgan McCalmon and Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Kristen Rumley

Entering the NCAA Tournament this weekend, McCalmon leads the League in batting, hitting at a .389 clip. In 20 League games this season, McCalmon hit .456, going 31-for-56, with five home runs and 25 RBIs. She hit safely in 18 of 20 Ivy League games during the regular season. She had the longest hitting streak in the League this season at 17 straight games, which ranks as the fifth-longest in League history.

In addition, McCalmon was an effective pitcher for the Big Green, going 9-1 in League play with a 1.51 ERA. She earned first-team All-Ivy honors as the designated player and second-team honors as a pitcher. 

Rumley became the third straight player to earn consecutive Pitcher of the Year awards and the fifth in League history. She went 18-7 overall in the circle with a 1.86 ERA and a League-high 193 strikeouts. Inside the League, Rumley was 9-1 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA. In her 34 appearances this season, she recorded six or more strikeouts in 20 of them. She has 529 strikeouts in her career, already ranking seventh-best in Ivy League history. 

The Big Green have four players hitting over .300 this season. Unanimous All-Ivy selection and 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Katie McEachern is hitting .344, while Kelsey Miller is hitting .336. Rumley can swing the stick herself, hitting .303 this season. 

And it is a young Dartmouth squad. There are just two seniors and three juniors on the squad that hits .289 as a team and has a staff ERA of 2.42. Curosh, a second-team All-Ivy selection, is one of those two seniors along with catcher Alex St. Romain

2014 Softball All-Ivy 

First Team
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth *(Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Jr., P - Slidel, La.) 
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Sr., C - Orlando, Fla.)
Lauren Delgadillo, Yale (So., 1B - San Clemente, Calif.)  
Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Jr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
Kasey Lange, Harvard *(Sr., 3B, Ladera Ranch, Calif.) 
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth *(So., SS - San Diego)
Michiko McGivney, Cornell (So., OF - Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
Leah Allen, Penn *(Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.) 
Kanani Datan, Penn (So., OF - Simi Valley, Calif.)  
Meg Parker, Cornell (So., Utility - Miami)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^(So., DP - Norman, Okla.) 

Second Team 
Alexis Borden, Penn (Jr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^ (So., P - Norman, Okla.) 
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Jr., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Alyssa Rodia, Columbia (Fr., 1B - Carmel, N.Y.) 
Kara Curosh, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Munster, Ind.) 
Alix Cook, Columbia (Jr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Janet Leung, Brown (So., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Jr., SS - San Diego) 
Andrea DelConte, Harvard (Jr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.) 
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Jr., OF - Princeton Jct., N.J.) 
Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Utility - Southlake, Texas)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (DP, Fr. - Alexandria, Va.)

Honorable Mention
Alyson Onyon, Cornell (Sr., P - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton (So., P - Parker, Colo.) 
Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jr., 1B - Jacksonville, Fla.)
Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Jr., 2B - Aiea, Hawaii)
Haley Hineman, Princeton (Fr., 2B - Valencia, Calif.)
Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (Sr., 3B - West Hills, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Sr., OF - Canby, Ore.)
Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Sr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Sr. OF - Albany, Calif.)
Kerry Cook, Columbia (Fr., Utilty - El Segundo, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (So., Utilty - Los Angeles)

Player of the Year: Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., P/DP - Norman, Okla.) 
Pitcher of the Year: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Rookie of the Year: Leah Allen, Penn * (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.) 

* unanimous selection
^ McCalmon made the first team as the designated player and second team as a pitcher.
There are two shortstops on the second team due to a tie in the voting.

 

2014 WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS

Player of the Week
Feb. 25: Emily Gusse, Harvard 
Mar. 4: Kelsey Miller, Dartmouth
Mar. 11: Christina Andrews, Brown
Mar. 18: Leah Allen, Penn / Kelsey Miller, Dartmouth
Mar. 25: Kasey Lange, Harvard / Kayla Shimoda, Columbia
Apr. 1: Morgan McCallmon, Dartmouth
Apr. 8: Morgan McCallmon, Dartmouth
Apr. 15:  Kanani Datan, Penn
Apr. 22: Alyssa Rodia, Columbia 

Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 25: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard 
Mar. 4: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Mar. 11: Alexis Borden, Penn
Mar. 18: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth
Mar. 25: Alyson Onyon, Cornell
Apr. 1: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth
Apr. 8: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Apr. 15: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth / Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Apr. 22: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard 

Rookie of the Week
Feb. 25: Karen Chaw, Dartmouth
Mar. 4: Karen Chaw, Dartmouth / Taylor Cabe, Harvard
Mar. 11: Christina Andrews, Brown
Mar. 18: Leah Allen, Penn
Mar. 25: Alyssa Rodia, Columbia
Apr. 1: Shelby Unger, Columbia
Apr. 8: Leah Allen, Penn
Apr. 15: Leah Allen, Penn
Apr. 22: Alyssa Rodia, Columbia 

HITTING STREAKS IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (10 or more games)
17, Morgan McCalmon (Dartmouth)
14, Alix Cook (Columbia)
12, Kasey Lange (Harvard)
13, Shelbi Olson (Harvard)
12, Shelbi Olson (Harvard)
12, Meg Parker (Cornell)
11, Elysse Gorney (Penn)
10, Leah Allen (Penn)
10, Shelby Unger (Columbia)
10, Kelsey Miller (Dartmouth) 

*current streak

CONSECUTIVE GAMES REACHING BASE IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (15 or more games)
22, Shelbi Olson (Harvard) 
22, Lauren Delgadillo (Yale)*
21, Alix Cook (Columbia)
17, Morgan McCalmon (Dartmouth)
16, Emily Gusse (Harvard)
15, Emily Gusse (Harvard)
15, Meg Parker (Cornell)*

*current streak 

NOTE: Kasey Lange has two separate streaks of 13 games.

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (THROUGH MAY 11)
TEAM STATISTICS (Top 30)
Earned Run Average: 27. Harvard 2.12
Fielding Pct: 26. Dartmouth .971
Doubles Per Game:
 3. Columbia, 1.64
Stolen Bases Per Game: 12. Harvard, 1.89

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS (Top 40)
Home Runs Per Game: 23. Leah Allen (Penn), 0.31
RBIs Per Game: 29. Leah Allen (Penn), 1.02
Doubles Per Game: 33. Katie McEachern (Dartmouth), 0.31
ERA: 24. Laura Ricciardone (Harvard), 1.53
Saves: 12. Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), 4; 40. Morgan McCalmon (Dartmouth) 3
Slugging Percentage:
35. Leah Allen (Penn), .759
Sac Hits Per Game:
13. Adrienne Hume (Harvard), 0.30
Sacrifice Flies: 29. Sophie Giaquinto (Cornell), 4; 29. Lauren Delgadillo (Yale) 4
Walks Allowed Per 7 IP: 10. Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), 0.95
Hits Allowed Per 7 IP: 25. Emily Kenyon (Columbia) 4.67

TEMPE REGIONAL SCHEDULE (All times ET)
Friday, May 16
G1: Michigan vs. San Diego State, 3:30 pm [ESPNU]
G2: Dartmouth at Arizona State, 6 pm [ESPNU]

Saturday, May 17
G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 6 pm [ESPNU]
G4: G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8:30 pm ^ [ESPNU]
G5: G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 11 pm ^ [ESPNU]

Sunday, May 18
G6: G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 5:30 pm [ESPNU]
G7: G6 loser vs. G6 winner, if necessary [ESPNU]

^elimination game 

KEY:

*Ivy League Games
[IVY] - Game broadcast on The Ivy League Digital Network