April 13, 2010

Short Trip To Sacred Heart On Tap Wednesday

Bulldogs' Bats Have Come Alive In Last Three Games

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's bats seem to be coming alive at the right time. The start of Ivy League North Division play is this weekend, and the Bulldogs have averaged a little over 11 hits and scored 22 runs in their last three games. Yale will try to build some more positive momentum for this weekend's trip to Dartmouth with a doubleheader at Sacred Heart on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game at Pioneer Park is slated for 3 p.m.

Yale (8-17) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Princeton on Sunday. Allie Canulli, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday, knocked in five runs in the two games, and freshman Christy Nelson was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBI. Yale's batting average over the last three games is a robust .415. Canulli (.600), Kayla Kuretich (.600), Katie Yanagisawa (.556), Nelson (.500), McKynlee Westman (.500) and Ashley Sloan (.455) are all batting better than .450 during the stretch.

Those gaudy numbers will be put to the test against a Sacred Heart pitching staff that has a 2.39 earned run average and 176 strikeouts. Jen Russell leads the way with nine wins and a 1.66 ERA. Russell, a junior, has been particularly tough on Yale's hitters in her career. In 17 innings against the Bulldogs, she has yet to allow an earned run. Last year at Dewitt Family Field, she tossed a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 Sacred Heart victory.

The Pioneers (14-17) made their first NCAA Tournament appearance last year after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. Taylor Froelich leads SHU in batting (.343) and Liz Tsipouras has team highs in home runs (7) and RBI (22).

Yale leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart 14-8.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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