Yale Plays Stony Brook, Quinnipiac, Fairfield & Holy Cross
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After spending a week in Florida, the Yale softball team returned to New Haven on Wednesday. Their stay in the Elm City won’t be for long. The Bulldogs will take the ferry over to Long Island early Friday morning to compete in the Stony Brook Invitational. On Friday, Yale plays Stony Brook (11 a.m.) and Quinnipiac (3 p.m.). Saturday the Bulldogs meet Fairfield at 2 p.m. and on Sunday they play Holy Cross at 10 a.m. and Quinnipiac at noon.
The early forecast has temperatures on Long Island expected to flirt with 70 degrees. The Bulldogs hope the unusually mild weather will help heat up their bats. Yale scored only five runs against tough competition at the Stetson Invitational last week. Freshman Christy Nelson got her career off to a strong start. She batted .300 in the tournament, including belting her first home run. For her efforts, she was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday.
Stony Brook (5-7) won two out of three games at the South Florida Invitational last weekend. Despite batting only .228 as a team, the Seawolves have outscored their opponents 49-47. Vicki Kavitsky leads the team with a .344 average. Alyssa Struzenberg (1.84 ERA) has four wins in the circle and has 59 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
Quinnipiac (7-11) is coming off a 1-0 victory over UConn on Wednesday. Emily Bellush and Heather Schwartzburg combined on a one-hit shutout. Schwartzburg has 99 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched. Alex Murray leads the Bobcats with a .318 batting average.
Fairfield (7-9) spent a week in Florida, competing in the Rebel Games and South Florida’s Tournament. The Stags dropped an 8-0 decision to St. John’s in their Northeast opener on Wednesday. Their most impressive win was a 3-2 victory over South Florida.
Holy Cross (4-6) also played at the Rebel Games. The Crusaders have a .305 team batting average, led by Nicole Ortiz, who is hitting .421. Five different pitchers have seen action for Holy Cross. Caitlin Belanger leads the staff with a 1.95 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity