|Unearned Runs Burn Stetson In Dartmouth Sweep|
DeLand, Fla. - Untimely errors and clutch hits by visiting Dartmouth (5-8) undid the Stetson softball team (14-15) in a doubleheader sweep on Thursday at Patricia Wilson Field as the Big Green knocked off the Hatters 4-3 and 6-4. Eight of Dartmouth's 10 runs were unearned. Senior third baseman Jill Semento (Umatilla, Fla.) hit her third home run of the season in the nightcap.
All four Big Green runs in the opening game were unearned. A Stetson error with two outs in the second inning led to three consecutive singles that put the visitors ahead 1-0; the Hatters would erase that deficit with a two-out three-run rally in the bottom of the third. Junior shortstop Chelsey Trotto (Lantana, Fla.) lifted a two-run single to short right field and sophomore second baseman Alyssa Oddo (Covina, Calif.) followed with an RBI double.
Stetson appeared to be cruising with two out and nobody on in the top of the sixth, but a dropped pop fly that would have ended the inning was followed by a walk and then a three-run blast over the left field bleachers by catcher Katie Adams. Dartmouth pitcher Hillary Barker would not surrender that 4-3 lead, earning her third win of the season. Freshman Meredith Owen (Jackson, Miss.) was the hard-luck loser for the Hatters despite not allowing an earned run in a complete game. Trotto had two hits and stole her 14th base of the season while freshman center fielder Chrissy Morello (Ormond Beach, Fla.) kept pace with the Atlantic Sun Conference leaders by swiping her 17th bag of the year.
In the nightcap, sophomore Courtney Gunby (Bishop, Ga.) worked out of one bases-loaded none out jam, striking out the side to finish the top of the second, but could not stop Dartmouth from plating three runs in the third. The Big Green did not surrender that 3-0 lead, although it made two errors in the bottom of the third that allowed the Hatters to score twice. Adams got those runs back with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth, her second of the day.
Stetson made a mini-rally in the bottom of the seventh on a long solo home run to left field off the bat of Semento and an RBI double from sophomore relief pitcher Camille Czarnecki (Edmonton, Alta.), but Dartmouth reliever Kat Hicks came on to retire the last two Hatters and nail down her first save of the year. Czarnecki allowed three runs, all unearned, in four innings, taking a no decision. Gunby suffered her fifth loss. For Dartmouth, left fielder Meghan Everett and catcher Molly Khalil had three hits apiece; junior left fielder Brittany Knipp (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) recorded two base hits for the Hatters.
The Hatters limped to the finish of a season-opening 29-game homestand tonight; Stetson will attempt to snap its four-game losing streak in its A-Sun and road opening doubleheader Monday at Campbell. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in Buies Creek, N.C. Campbell will share its Live Stats and Fighting Camel Zone broadcast with GoHatters.com.
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