March 23, 2011

Bulldogs Home To Face Marist On Wednesday

Teams Have Split Previous 24 Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – During its eight games at the Rebel Games in Florida, the Yale softball team always seemed to come up with the big hit when the situation presented itself. That hasn't been the case since the Bulldogs returned north. Yale has dropped four straight but hopes to put an end to that streak when Marist visits Dewitt Family Field for a Wednesday doubleheader. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (6-6) have only been outhit 29-22 in the last four games but have left 21 runners on base. Two players who haven't been slumping are shortstop Meg Johnson and centerfielder Tori Balta. Johnson, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday, has at least one hit in five of the last six games and is batting .474 during the stretch. Balta had a big afternoon in Saturday's doubleheader with Bryant. She was 3-for-3 in the first game and then was 1-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt in the second game.

Marist is 11-12 overall and has yet to play a home game. The Red Foxes are coming off a four-game series at the University of Texas El Paso over the weekend. Marist was picked to finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll and has no seniors on its roster. One of the youngsters making an impact is Ashley Corriss, who was named the MAAC Player of the Week on Mar. 1.

Yale and Marist have played every year since 2001, and the overall series is tied at 12 wins apiece. Last year in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the teams split a doubleheader.  

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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