Doubleheaders Saturday At Cornell, Sunday At Princeton
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team finds itself in a familiar place on the opening weekend of Ivy League play – away from home. The Bulldogs, who haven't had a game in the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field yet this spring, kick off the league season with doubleheaders at Cornell on Saturday and at Princeton on Sunday. The first pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. on both days and the Ivy League Digital Network has the video both days.
Here are notes to preview the weekend:
POSITIVE MOMENTUM: The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games, sweeping a doubleheader from Central Connecticut on Mar. 23 and then splitting two games at Rider two days later. During the stretch, Yale is batting .280 and scored 15 runs.
K'S ON THE RISE: The Bulldogs also have gotten outstanding pitching during their recent hot streak. In the last four games, Yale's staff has combined for 31 strikeouts. Terra Jerpbak leads the way with 13 K's.
IVY HONORS: Yale had two players – Camille Weisenbach and Lindsay Efflandt - named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Weisenbach batted .571 (8-for-14) with a double and four RBI's last week. She also knocked in the only run of the game in the eighth inning of a win over Rider. Weisenbach, who is batting .323 for the season, will take a six-game hitting streak into the weekend. Efflandt was recognized after tossing an eight-inning, two-hit shutout in the 1-0 victory over Rider. She struck out seven and issued only one walk.
LEAGUE LEADER: Sophomore Shelby Kennedy shares the Ivy League lead with nine stolen bases. Kennedy, who has reached base at least once in each of the last four games, has a .370 on base percentage for the season.
ALWAYS ON BASE: Laina Do, who has started all 22 games, also has shown a knack for reaching base. She leads the team with a .411 on base percentage. She is tied for second in the league with 10 walks and has been hit by a pitch six times, which is the third most in the league.
HISTORY LESSONS: Yale swept a doubleheader from the Big Red last year. Rachel Paris had the big hit in the second game, a pinch-hit, two-run triple in the fifth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-1 in. Allison Skinner was 3-for-4 and knocked in four runs in Yale's 9-2 victory in the first game. Yale and Princeton staged an epic doubleheader that took two days to complete last year. The Tigers won both games, 6-5 in 10 innings and 5-4 in eight innings. The second game had to be completed the day after it began because of darkness.
SCOUTING CORNELL: The Big Red (5-6) will be playing its home openers on Saturday. Cornell also has won three of its last four games. The Big Red earned one-run victories over Canisius (3-2), Morgan State (3-2) and Mount St. Mary's (8-7), while falling to Manhattan (7-3) at the Mount St. Mary's Invite last weekend. Madeline Avery (.333) and Megan Murray (.303) lead the team in batting.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers (7-11) host Brown on Saturday. Princeton won three of four games at LIU's Tournament last weekend. Marissa Reynolds, who leads the team with a .471 batting average, is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week. She hit .526 and slugged .895 in 10 games last week. Erica Nori tossed a seven-inning no-hitter for the Tigers on March 18 vs. North Dakota. The performance was Princeton's first no-hitter in 11 seasons.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity