Looking To Improve On Already Impressive Start To Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team built some positive early-season momentum by winning six of eight games at the Rebel Games in Florida. The Bulldogs will try to keep it rolling now that they are back in the Northeast. Yale plays a doubleheader at Central Connecticut on Thursday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.
A well balanced attack has helped the Bulldogs get off to the strong start. Six players are hitting .300 or better, led by sophomore Jennifer Ong. Ong, who batted .500 in the eight games in Florida, was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday. As a team, Yale is batting. 310 and has just 14 strikeouts in nearly 250 at bats.
A young pitching staff has also performed well. Chelsey Dunham was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. She has a 4-2 overall record and 24 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Fellow freshman Kristen Leung has the two other victories. She has yielded only four earned runs in 18.2 innings (1.50 ERA).
Central Connecticut (6-9-1) is coming off an 8-3 loss to No. 16 Nebraska on Sunday in Clearwater, Fla. Freshman Arielle Bruno leads the team in batting (.388). She was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year on Mar. 7. Kelsey Barlow has a team-best four home runs. Freshman Julie Marks leads the pitching staff in ERA (2.72), innings (46.1) and strikeouts (24).
Yale and Central Connecticut are playing for the first time in the spring since 2007, although the teams have met regularly in fall scrimmages. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 25-23.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity