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Miranda Papes (Steve Musco photo)
Miranda Papes (Steve Musco photo)

Yale Coming Off Three-Game Sweep Of Cornell

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team, coming off a dominant three-game sweep of Cornell over the weekend, takes a break from Ivy League play to host local-rival Quinnipiac in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m. ESPN+ has the video.

In the three wins over Cornell, the Bulldogs batted .495 (45-of-91) with nine doubles, two triples and six home runs. That works out to an .835 slugging percentage. Kortney Ponce, who hit .700 and belted two of the long balls, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, but any number of Bulldogs could have won the award. Katie Tews (.667), Olivia Vinyard (.636), Sydney Grobman (.545) and Maya Seifert (.500) all hit .500 or better.

Quinnipiac (9-18) also is hot. The Bobcats opened MAAC play by winning four games over the weekend, sweeping doubleheaders from Manhattan and Saint Peter's. Kayla Jenson leads the team with a .363 batting average.

Yale is the third Ivy League opponent for the Bobcats, who fell to Columbia 8-6 in Clearwater, Fla., on Mar. 17 and dropped a home doubleheader to Brown on Mar. 26.

In recent years, the annual Yale-Quinnipiac game has been called Chris's Game to honor the memory of Chris Labbadia. On January 16, 2016, a little past midnight, Chris's precious life was tragically lost in a single car accident less than a half mile from the safety of his home. Chris was the brother of former Yale player Brittany Labbadia '16 and the son of former Quinnipiac assistant coaches Lynn and Rocco Labbadia. Chris had driven to a neighboring town to drop off a wallet to a friend who had left it behind earlier that night... a final act of kindness.

To honor his memory, the Chris Cares Challenge is a way for all of us to make a small difference in this world through one or more acts of kindness. Together we can all play a part in creating a viral movement of kindness... the boundaries are truly limitless.

Please feel empowered to take "The Chris Cares Challenge"; no act of kindness is too small or large. Look inside yourself and see what you are passionate about and believe that an act of kindness can make a difference. Smile and feel good.

Yale has won the last two meetings with Quinnipiac, 8-0 last year in Hamden and 12-11 in 2017 at 5K Corral Field


Wed., Apr. 3 – Quinnipiac at Yale (Game 1), 3 p.m.  |  Live Stats  |  ESPN+ Video

Wed., Apr. 3 – Quinnipiac at Yale (Game 2), 5:15 p.m. (approx.)  |  Live Stats ESPN+ Video

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity