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Katie Yanagisawa (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Friars Have Belted 27 Home Runs In 33 Games

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team erupted for 21 runs and 27 hits in Sunday's doubleheader with Princeton. The Bulldogs may need to be just as sharp offensively when they play two games at Providence on Wednesday. The Friars have belted 27 home runs in 33 games and average nearly 3.5 runs per game. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Yale (7-13) hit .339 in six games last week and had three players hit better than .400 – Mariclaire Rebman (.429), McKynlee Westman (.421) and Meg Johnson (.409). Johnson was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday. She knocked in nine runs in the six games and added two doubles and a home run. Jennifer Ong homered in both games Sunday against Princeton, and Christy Nelson added a three-run homer in the first game. Katie Yanagisawa, who leads the team with a .349 average, brings an eight-game hitting streak to Providence.

The Friars (13-20) have already played 33 games. Jessie Bryant leads the team in batting (.378), hits (34), home runs (9) and RBI (29). Jen Abrams (5), Michelle Huber (3), Morgan Culver (3), Justine Stratton (2) and Kim Pelland (2) all have multiple home runs.

Providence swept a doubleheader from Yale last year and leads the all-time series 28-19-1.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity