Bulldogs Tune Up For Busy Ivy Weekend With Friars
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team has played only two of its 19 games in the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field. That number will grow significantly this week. Yale starts a six-game home stand with a visit from Providence on Wednesday. The doubleheader gets under way at 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs (6-13, 2-2 Ivy) exploded for 14 runs and 18 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Columbia to open Ivy play last Friday. Yale then dropped a pair to Penn on Saturday. Ashley Sloan, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday, batted .438 (7-for-16) in the four games. She is now 19 hits shy of the Yale school record. Catcher McKynlee Westman also had a big weekend. She hit .600 with a pair of doubles.
Yale’s pitching staff leads the league in earned run average (2.84) and opponent batting average (.239). Kayla Kuretich tossed a five-hit shutout in the first game against Columbia. Holly Gutterud then pitched 4.1 innings of relief without allowing an earned run to earn the win in the second game.
Providence (8-16) dropped a weekend three-game series to Louisville. Michelle Huber leads the Friars in batting (.304), hits (21), runs (18) and triples (3). Jen Abrams has a team-best 13 RBI. Five different pitchers have seen action in the circle for PC. Alicia Grosso leads the staff in ERA (2.90), wins (4) and strikeouts (28).
Yale is the second Ivy League opponent for Providence. The Friars beat Harvard 3-1 at the Central Florida Tournament on Mar. 6. Gross pitched a complete game to earn the victory.
Providence swept a doubleheader from Yale last year in Rhode Island. The Friars lead the all-time series 26-19-1.
Photo of Katie Yanagisawa from last year's Providence games by Ken Yanagisawa
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity