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Dartmouth and Penn Split, Will Play Game 3 Sunday

Dartmouth and Penn Split, Will Play Game 3 Sunday

Championship Central 

HANOVER, N.H. – For the second-straight season, Penn and Dartmouth will need a decisive third game to decide the Ivy League softball championship.

Dartmouth (30-17) won the opener, 5-1, behind the one-hit pitching of Kristen Rumley and Megan McCalmon. But Penn (19-22-1) came back to win the second game, 5-3, and force a deciding game on Sunday at 1 pm at Dartmouth Softball Park. The Ivy League Digital Network will have live coverage of the final game. 

Alexis Borden went the distance in both games for Penn, earning a gutty win the second game. After allowing 10 hits in the opening game loss, Borden regrouped and allowed just four hits and one walk. Borden threw 116 pitches in the opener and 90 in the second game.

Rumley worked the first five innings and helped her cause with an RBI single in a three-run sixth as Dartmouth claimed the opening game. Rumley teamed with McCalmon to hold the Quakers to one hit – an RBI double by Alexis Sargent in the top of the second that gave Penn an early 1-0 lead.

Rumley struck out three and walked two before giving way to McCalmon one batter into the sixth. McCalmon got the final six outs to record the save.

After Penn took the 1-0 lead, Katie McEachern gave Dartmouth the lead in the third when she lined a two-run homer over the wall in left.

The Big Green scored three in the sixth to put it out of reach. Madeline Damore followed Rumley’s RBI single with a run-scoring double to right-center. She later scored on a sac fly by Kara Curosh. 

In the second game, Penn scored three runs in the first inning without the ball leaving the infield. A couple of infield singles and a Dartmouth miscue got the Quakers off to a quick start.

Dartmouth got two runs back in the second on Karen Chaw’s two-run homer and tied it in the third on a McEachern RBI single. But Penn regained the lead in the bottom of the third when Leah Allen doubled to right-center, scoring Kanani Datan.

Meanwhile, Borden retired the next 10 she faced, although No. 10 was eventful. Chaw blasted another to left center, but Datan went to the wall and brought it back, for the first out of the inning.

Rumley followed by reaching on a two-base error. But Borden coaxed two consecutive groundouts to end the threat and force a Sunday game.
Last year in Philadelphia, Penn won the opening game, 1-0, and Dartmouth rallied to win the second game, 6-2. The Quakers then won the decisive Sunday game, 3-2.

It is the fourth time in eight Ivy League Softball Championship Series that a deciding game has been needed. The host team has won all seven previous series.