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Softball Players Conclude Season with National Rankings

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth softball players Kat Hicks (Templeton, Calif.) and Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) have concluded the 2012 softball season ranked in the NCAA National rankings released on Wednesday (June 20).

Rumley concluded her rookie season ranked in the top 15 in strikeouts per seven innings and walks per seven innings. Rumley tossed 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings, giving her a No. 11 ranking. NCAA-leader Sara Plourde from UMass tossed 12.2 strikeouts per seven innings. Rumley cracked the top 10 in walks allowed per seven innings with 0.97, which ranked her No. 8 among the nation's pitchers.

The Texas native, had one of the most outstanding freshman campaigns for the Big Green in recent history. Dartmouth's top pitcher throughout the season, she sported a 2.53 ERA and a 6-11 record in 22 appearances. The rookie also gathered 151 strikeouts on the season, placing her in second place on Dartmouth's single-season list and making her the first Big Green pitcher to throw over 100 strikeouts since the 2003 season.  Rumley also approached the single-game record for strikeouts, twice fanning 12 batters, one shy of the single-game record.

Rumley also showcased her skills at the plate as Dartmouth's top hitter. Rumley hit .355 with 22 hits and four runs. She added four doubles, a triple and six RBI. For her all-around effort this season, Rumley earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors. She was also named to the College Sports Madness All-Ivy League second team and was awarded Dartmouth's MVP Award. Additionally, Rumley earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on March 28 and was twice Dartmouth's Student-Athlete of the Week.

Hicks, also an honorable mention All-Ivy award winner, concluded the season ranked No. 18 in doubles per game at 0.32. NCAA-leader Whitney Massey from Wisconsin led the nation with 0.42 doubles per game.

The senior first baseman batted .263 (31-of-118) on the season and tallied 31 hits with 13 runs and 15 RBI. She also belted 12 doubles, which moved her into second place on Dartmouth's single-season doubles list. Hicks saw action in 38 games with 37 starts and was awarded Dartmouth softball's Big Green award for being the player that most epitomizes Dartmouth softball both on and off the field.

The Big Green concluded the season with a 14-25, 7-13 Ivy League record. Dartmouth earned wins over Harvard for the first time since 2009 and also defeated Stetson and North Texas in non-conference action.

A complete listing of  the 2012 NCAA Statistics leaders can be found HERE.