Rebman, Westman, Yanagisawa Play Final Home Game Against Brown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The last time the Yale softball team played doubleheaders on three straight days, the results were quite good. Yale won all six games, outscored its opponents 47-28 and batted .361 as a team. The Bulldogs hope for similar good fortune when they face the same scenario for the second time, starting Thursday at home against Marist at 2:30 p.m. Yale then hosts Brown on Friday at 2 p.m. and wraps up the season on Saturday at Brown at 12:30 p.m.
Friday's doubleheader will be the final home games for seniors Mariclaire Rebman, McKynlee Westman and Katie Yanagisawa. The three have combined to play nearly 430 games and help the Bulldogs to 68 victories.
Rebman has enjoyed an outstanding senior season. She has started all 38 games and is batting .306 with five doubles and 16 RBI. Her first career home run came against Harvard on Tuesday. In her junior year, she had three multi-hit games and had a key two-run single as the Bulldogs completed a doubleheader sweep of Princeton. As a sophomore, she was one of only three players to start all 44 games and was second on the team with nine RBI in Ivy games. In her rookie season she batted. 300 in 14 Ivy games.
Westman has established herself as one of the top catchers in the Ivy League. This year in league games, she is hitting .372, which is second on the team, with four doubles and six RBI. Overall she is batting .311 in 37 games. As a junior, she improved her batting average by nearly 140 points from her sophomore year and had career highs in hits and doubles. Her six doubles tied for the team lead, and she was the recipient of the team's most improved player award. As a sophomore she started 33 games, and in her rookie year she received the team's Barbara Chou Leadership Award.
Yanagisawa has been Yale's starting second baseman since the day she arrived on campus. After missing much of her junior year with an injury, she has returned to have a tremendous senior year. She is currently second on the team with a .325 average. Her 23-game hitting streak earlier this month is one of the longest in the nation this year. With 81 career runs scored, she has a chance to finish in the top-10 in school history. As a sophomore she started all 44 games, and in her rookie year, she finished third in the league in walks (22) and tied for sixth in stolen bases (10).
When Yale and Marist were originally scheduled to play on Mar. 23, the Red Foxes were 11-12. Since then they have played quite well. They are currently 28-17 overall and have an 8-2 MAAC record. Marist averages more than 5.5 runs per game and has three players – Megan Lamoureux (.367), Nicole DiVirgilio (.366) and Sarah Carmody (.354) – hitting better than .350. Emily Osterhaus was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
Brown (12-20-1, 6-10 Ivy) also features a potent offense. The Bears are hitting .284 and have 26 home runs. A big reason why has been the play of Stephanie Thompson, who has a .490 average and 13 home runs. Kate Strobel has seven homers and 21 RBI.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity