Busy Weekend On Tap For Yale

Bulldogs Host Three Doubleheaders In Three Days

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The busiest weekend of the season has one key ingredient that should make the Yale softball team very happy. The Bulldogs will have the last at bat in all six games. Yale has dropped three straight, all coming when the opponent scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs hope their fortunes change when they play three doubleheaders in three days at Dewitt Family Field.

First up is Penn on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. Yale then hosts Columbia on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Rhode Island on Sunday at noon.

Offensively, the Bulldogs (7-15, 1-3 Ivy) have been putting up some impressive numbers recently. Yale has scored 32 runs in its last four games and is hitting .344 during the stretch. Katie Yanagisawa extended her hitting streak to 10 with hits in both games against Providence on Wednesday. Yanagisawa leads the team with a .357 average.

Catcher McKynlee Westman also has been red hot. In her last seven games, Westman is batting .455 and has knocked in eight runs. Four of those RBI came in one inning, Yale's 10-run sixth in the first game on Wednesday. She singled in two runs and then later in the inning added a two-run double.

Like Yale, Penn (10-12-1, 2-2 Ivy) has played some high-scoring games recently. Last Sunday, the Quakers swept Dartmouth, winning 9-8 and 10-8. Alisha Prystowsky leads Penn in average (.365), runs (21) and triples (3). The Quakers have five players with two home runs. Mikenzie Voves has started 10 games in the circle. She leads the pitching staff in wins (6), ERA (4.03), strikeouts (42) and innings (67.2).

Pitching has been the strength of Columbia (8-19, 0-4 Ivy). The Lions feature one of the top rookie hurlers in the Ivy League in Prophet Gaspard. She has 64 strikeouts in 72 innings. Maggie Johnson, who leads the team in ERA (2.21) and innings (85.1), also is a threat. Offensively, Columbia is led by Anne Marie Skylis, who tops the team in average (.342), runs (11), hits (27) and RBI (10).

Rhode Island (3-27) will be playing for the fourth straight day Sunday against the Bulldogs. The Rams are led by Nicole Massoni, who has seven home runs and 16 RBI. URI head coach Erin Layton was a four-year softball letterwinner at UConn, where she led the Huskies to a pair of Big East championships. Yale and Rhode Island are playing for the first time since 2004.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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