2011-12 Yale Softball News

June 20, 2012
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports, and 10 Yale student athletes were recognized. The 10 men and women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

May 17, 2012
Ong Earns First Team All-Northeast Region Honors
Jennifer Ong, who led the Yale softball team with a .351 batting average and 54 hits, has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Northeast Region first team.

May 17, 2012
Ong Named First Team All-Ivy; Three Other Bulldogs Honored
There weren’t too many more consistent players in the Ivy League this year than Yale’s Jennifer Ong. Ong, who led the Bulldogs in batting (.351) and hits (54), had at least one hit in all but eight games this spring and never went more than two games in a row without a hit. On Thursday, she was rewarded for her outstanding season by earning first-team All-Ivy recognition at second base.

May 8, 2012
CollegeSportsMadness Honors Four Bulldogs
Four Yale softball players have been honored by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Meg Johnson, Jennifer Ong, Christy Nelson and Tori Balta were each named to the all-conference second team.

May 4, 2012
Waldrop Named To Capital One Academic All-District Team
Virginia Waldrop, who started a career-high 40 games this spring, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District I softball team.

April 30, 2012
Nelson Re-Elected Yale Captain
The leader of the Yale softball team will remain the same. Christy Nelson, who hit a team-best four home runs this spring, has been re-elected captain. The announcement was made following a team vote at Sunday’s postseason banquet. Nelson becomes only the fifth two-year captain in Yale softball history and the first since Kristen Gengaro in 1999 and 2000.

April 28, 2012
Senior Day Sweep; Bulldogs Take Two From Brown In Season Finales
It was Senior Day on Saturday at Dewitt Family Field, and the three Yale seniors playing their last games sure made the most of it. Meg Johnson went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the first game, Chelsea Janes had four hits and knocked in two runs and Virginia Waldrop made a pair of terrific catches in right field as the Bulldogs closed out the season by sweeping a doubleheader from Brown, winning the first game 8-1 and the second game 1-0.

April 27, 2012
Ong Extends Hitting Streak To 12 In Losses At Brown
Jennifer Ong extended her hitting streak to a season-long 12 games, but the Yale softball team dropped an Ivy League doubleheader at Brown. Kate Strobel hit a two-run homer to help the Bears to a 10-1 victory in the first game, and Trista Chavez was 2-for-4 and knocked in five runs in Brown’s 8-2 win the second game.

April 26, 2012
Four-Game Series With Brown Includes Saturday’s Senior Day Festivities
The Yale softball team closes out the 2012 season with a four-game series against Brown this weekend. The teams play a doubleheader in Providence on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. and then meet at Dewitt Family Field on Senior Day on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

April 25, 2012
Onorato Belts First Career Homer In Doubleheader Loss To Army
As expected, the Yale softball team saw plenty of pitcher Morgan Lashley in Wednesday’s doubleheader with Army. Lashley throws just about every game for the Black Knights and entered the day with 27 wins, which ties for the most in all of Division I softball. The Bulldogs got 20 hits off Lashley, but unfortunately it didn’t turn out to be quite enough.

April 24, 2012
Army Visits For Final Non-League Doubleheader
The Yale softball team plays its final non-league doubleheader of the season on Wednesday, and the Bulldogs will be facing one of the hottest teams in the nation. Army, winners of 10 straight games, visits Dewitt Family Field beginning at 2:30 p.m.

April 23, 2012
Listen to Free LIVE Baseball and Softball Coverage on Yale All-Access Saturday
Yale All-Access has free live audio coverage of Saturday’s baseball and softball games vs. Brown. The softball doubleheader starts at 12:30 p.m., and the baseball doubleheader starts at 1 p.m.

April 22, 2012
Nelson Homers Again In Doubleheader Loss To Dartmouth
Christy Nelson continues to inch closer to Yale’s career home run record. Nelson homered for the second straight day but the Bulldogs still dropped a doubleheader at Dartmouth. Nelson’s 13th career home run was a two-run blast in the second game, an 8-4 Dartmouth victory. Only a junior, Nelson is four shy of the all-time Yale mark. The Big Green won the first game 8-0.

April 21, 2012
Balta, Nelson Homer In Doubleheader Sweep Of Dartmouth
The long ball hasn’t been a big part of the Yale offense so far in 2012. That changed in a big way in Saturday’s doubleheader with Dartmouth. Tori Balta belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lift the Bulldogs to a 3-2 victory over the Big Green in the first game, and Christy Nelson hit a solo home run in the second game as Yale completed the sweep with a 5-4 win.

April 20, 2012
Bulldogs Head North For Four-Game Series At Dartmouth
The Yale softball team played the first two games at Pioneer Park, Sacred Heart’s newly renovated stadium, on Wednesday. This weekend, the Bulldogs will get a look at another new stadium when they play a four-game series at Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Softball Park opened on Apr. 6, and Yale will play doubleheaders there on Saturday and Sunday. The start time on Saturday has been moved to 11:30 a.m., while Sunday’s twinbill is still set to begin at 12:30 p.m.

April 18, 2012
Dunham’s Gem Earns Yale A Split At Sacred Heart
With Yale and Sacred Heart combining for 11 runs and 16 hits, including three home runs, in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, it looked like newly renovated Pioneer Park might be extremely hitter friendly. Chelsey Dunham, though, showed in the second game it’s a little early to jump to that conclusion. Dunham tossed a three-hitter as Yale earned a split with a 3-0 victory. The Pioneers won the first game 7-4.

April 17, 2012
Bulldogs Travel To Sacred Heart Wednesday
The Yale softball team won’t have to travel far for its final non-conference doubleheader of the season. The Bulldogs make the short trip down I-95 to meet Sacred Heart on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.

April 16, 2012
Reinalda Inducted Into Cerritos College Hall Of Fame
It made for a busy two days, but Yale softball coach Barbara Reinalda received a special honor last Thursday. Reinalda was inducted into the Cerritos College campus-wide Hall of Fame as part of the college’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. She flew out to California on Thursday morning, was honored at the ceremony that night and was back on a plane Friday to return in time for Yale’s weekend series with Harvard.

April 15, 2012
Johnson Moves Into Eighth-Place On Yale’s Career Hits List In Bulldogs Doubleheader Loss To Harvard
Senior Meg Johnson has been one of Yale’s most consistent hitters since the day she arrived in New Haven. In Sunday’s second game with Harvard she tallied the 153th hit of her career, which is eighth all-time at Yale. Unfortunately, that was about the only good news for the Bulldogs, who dropped a doubleheader to the Crimson. Harvard won the opener 15-1 and took the second game 9-2.

April 14, 2012
Listen to Free LIVE Baseball and Softball Coverage on Yale All-Access this Weekend
Yale All-Access has free live audio coverage of this weekend’s baseball and softball games vs. Harvard. The softball doubleheaders start at 12:30 p.m. each day, and the baseball doubleheaders start at 1 p.m. each day.

April 14, 2012
First-Place Harvard Sweeps Yale
Harvard’s vaunted pitching staff has received much of the attention so far this season. The Crimson, though, also feature a pretty potent offense, and that was on display on Saturday at Dewitt Family Field. The result was a difficult day for Yale. Harvard banged out 30 hits and swept a doubleheader from the Bulldogs, winning the opener 14-1 and taking the second game 11-2.

April 12, 2012
First-Place Harvard Visits For Four-Game Series On Alumni Weekend
The Yale softball team’s offense has picked up in recent games. The Bulldogs have scored 14 runs in their last four games while batting .284 during the stretch. The Yale bats will get a stiff test this weekend when Ivy League North Division leader Harvard visits Dewitt Family Field for a four-game series. The teams play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday and both begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday is Alumni Day.

April 11, 2012
Ong Has Four-Hit Day But Yale Drops Pair To Wagner
It looked like the Yale softball team was on its way toward building some positive momentum for this weekend’s big four-game series with Harvard. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning of Wednesday’s second game against Wagner. Instead, the Seahawks’ pitching staff shut down Yale the rest of the way and Wagner went on to complete a doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 victory on a cloudy and chilly day at Dewitt Family Field. The Seahawks won the first game 6-0.

April 10, 2012
Home Stand Continues With Visit From Wagner
The Yale softball team’s season-long, 10-game home stand continues on Wednesday when Wagner visits Dewitt Family Field. The doubleheader begins at 2:30 p.m.

April 7, 2012
Bulldogs Out-Hit Powerful Cornell But Lose Doubleheader
Cornell has always been one of the top hitting softball teams in the Ivy League. Yale matched the Big Red hit for hit in Saturday’s doubleheader, but the difference was the long ball. Cornell belted four home runs and swept the Bulldogs, winning the first game 8-6 and taking the nightcap 8-5.

April 6, 2012
Johnson Has Big Day But Yale Falls To Princeton
The Yale softball team’s frustrating habit of falling behind hurt again in Friday’s doubleheader with Princeton. The Tigers scored first in both games and then hung on for a pair of victories, winning the opener 6-3 and taking the nightcap 6-4 on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Dewitt Family Field.

April 5, 2012
Big Ivy League Weekend On Tap For Bulldogs
The Yale softball team hopes a return to the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field will provide it with a spark. After playing their last 10 games on the road, the Bulldogs begin a 10-game home stand with a pair of important Ivy League doubleheaders. Yale (7-17, 1-3 Ivy) hosts Princeton on Friday at 2 p.m. and then gets a visit from Cornell on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Free audio from Yale All Access will be available on both days.

April 4, 2012
Bulldogs Bang Out 11 Hits In Opener But Drop Doubleheader At URI
With a brisk wind blowing in from centerfield, the conditions at the URI Softball Complex on Wednesday didn’t seem conducive to a big offensive day. Still, Yale managed 11 hits in the first game, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs it wasn’t enough. Rhode Island was a bit more economical, scoring five runs on nine hits en route to a 5-3 victory. The Rams completed the sweep with a 7-0 win in the second game.

April 3, 2012
Bulldogs Seek Momentum In Midweek Visit To URI
The Yale softball team swept a doubleheader from Rhode Island last year at Dewitt Family Field. It capped a memorable 6-0 weekend for the Bulldogs. When the teams meet Wednesday in Kingston, R.I., Yale hopes it will be the start of a big week. The Bulldogs have important Ivy League doubleheaders coming up with Princeton and Cornell. The first pitch at the URI Softball Complex is set for 3 p.m.

March 31, 2012
Dunham Tosses Gem But Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader At Penn
Chelsey Dunham pitched one of her best games of the season for the Yale softball team in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with Penn. She allowed six hits and only one earned run in six innings. Unfortunately for Dunham, she was matched up with one of the hottest pitchers in the Ivy League. Alexis Borden tossed a three-hitter to lead the Quakers to a 1-0 victory at Penn Park.

March 30, 2012
Balta’s Big Hit Helps Yale Earn Split Of Ivy Opening Doubleheader
Just like it did throughout the early portion of the schedule, the Yale softball team showed it could handle adversity on the opening day of Ivy League play. After dropping the first game 4-1 to Columbia, the Bulldogs bounced back for a key 4-3 victory in the second game.

March 29, 2012
Ivy League Play Kicks Off On Road At Columbia, Penn
The Yale softball team should be ready for what figures to be a very competitive Ivy League schedule. Seven of Yale’s 18 games have been decided by one run, and there have been five extra inning games. If there is a big at bat late in a close game, it should be familiar territory.

March 28, 2012
Seventh-Inning Comeback Falls One-Run Short in Opener As Yale Drops Doubleheader At Fairfield
There were no extra innings in Yale’s Wednesday doubleheader with Fairfield. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t drama. The Bulldogs nearly pulled off a big seventh-inning rally in the first game but came up one run short and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Stags. Fairfield went on to win the second game 6-2.

March 27, 2012
Bulldogs Seek Quick Start Wednesday At Fairfield
The Yale softball team has played four doubleheaders since returning from the Rebel Games in Florida. In three of them, the Bulldogs have been shutout in the first game. As a result, it’s pretty clear a better start will be a point of emphasis when Yale visits Fairfield on Wednesday in the final tune up before the start of Ivy play. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m. at Alumni Softball Field.

March 24, 2012
Bulldogs Erupt For 12 Hits In Second Game, Earn Split Of Doubleheader With Bryant
For the second straight day, the Yale softball team rallied in the second game of a doubleheader after a disappointing performance in the opener. This time, the Bulldogs were rewarded for their efforts. Christy Nelson and Virginia Waldrop knocked in runs in the eighth innings as Yale rallied for a 9-8 victory over Bryant. Bryant had won the first game 12-0.

March 23, 2012
Bulldogs Rally Late But Drop Doubleheader To Providence
Yale’s offense nearly came to life in time to earn the Bulldogs a split of Friday’s doubleheader with Providence. Instead the Friars pushed across a run in the ninth inning of the second game to escape with a 4-3 victory on a gorgeous afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. PC won the opener 8-0.

March 22, 2012
Bulldogs Now Host Providence Friday, Play At Bryant Saturday
The forecast for Sunday in New Haven calls for a 60 percent chance of rain with a high temperature of 49. Friday, on the other hand, is expected to be partly sunny with temperatures in the low 70s, certainly much better weather for softball. As a result, the doubleheader with Providence, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been moved up two days to Friday at 2 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field. The Bulldogs will still play Bryant on Saturday at 1 p.m.

March 21, 2012
Brennan’s Double Lifts Bulldogs To Walkoff Win Over Marist In Opener; Red Foxes Win Second Game 5-2
The Yale softball team didn’t have a ton of offense in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader with Marist, but the Bulldogs sure made the most of their opportunities. Freshman Hannah Brennan’s double that fell just inside the right-field foul line scored Meg Johnson with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Yale won the opener 3-2.

March 20, 2012
Marist Visits For Wednesday Doubleheader
A busy week for the Yale softball team starts Wednesday at Dewitt Family Field. The Bulldogs host a doubleheader with Marist. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.

March 15, 2012
Central Connecticut Visits For Home Opener
In the history of Yale softball, there probably hasn’t been too many nicer forecasts for the home opener. The temperature is expected to be in the mid 50s under a mostly sunny sky when the Bulldogs play a doubleheader against Central Connecticut on Thursday. The first pitch of the first game at Dewitt Family Field is slated for 2 p.m.

March 15, 2012
Yale Salvages Split with CCSU
The Yale University softball team held Central Connecticut to just three hits in the opening game of a doubleheader Thursday but the Blue Devils still managed to pull out a 4-0 win. In the closing game of the twin bill, the Bulldogs were outhit 17-7 but rallied to a 10-8 victory.

March 11, 2012
Rain Spoils Yale’s Final Day At Rebel Games
A steady rain has cancelled Yale’s games against St. Peter’s and Manhattan. The Bulldogs will be heading back to New Haven on Monday and have a doubleheader with Central Connecticut on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.

March 10, 2012
Bulldogs Drop Pair At Rebel Games
A poor second inning hurt the Yale softball team in both of its games Saturday at the Rebel Games. Akron scored four runs in the second en route to a 7-0 victory, and Florida A&M put up a nine-spot in the second in a 12-3 win.

March 9, 2012
Bulldogs Walk Off With Win Over Lehigh, Fall To Indiana State
The Yale softball team has its first walk-off victory of the season. The Bulldogs edged Lehigh 4-3 when Meg Johnson scored from third after shortstop Jennifer Colquhoun couldn’t handle Tori Balta’s hard-ground ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Yale fell to Indiana State 9-3 in its second game of the day.

March 7, 2012
Bulldogs Split Doubleheader With Saint Francis
One thing seems clear early in the Yale softball season. Fans will be staying in their seats until the final out. The Bulldogs were involved in a pair of tight games with Saint Francis, Pa., on Wednesday, winning the first game 4-3 in eight innings before dropping a 6-3 decision in the second game.

March 7, 2012
Bulldogs Split Doubleheader With Saint Francis
One thing seems clear early in the Yale softball season. Fans will be staying in their seats until the final out. The Bulldogs were involved in a pair of tight games with Saint Francis, Pa., on Wednesday, winning the first game 4-3 in eight innings before dropping a 6-3 decision in the second game.

March 6, 2012
Bulldogs Bang Out 10 Hits In Opening Day Victory Over South Dakota
The season couldn’t have started much better for the Yale softball team. On the year’s first pitch, Jennifer Ong singled sharply to right. Things only improved from there in the first game of the day. The Bulldogs banged out 10 hits en route to a 6-2 victory over South Dakota at the Rebel Games.

March 1, 2012
2012 Season Preview: Bulldogs Set To Open Next Week At Rebel Games
All the ingredients seem to be in place for the 2012 Yale softball team to enjoy a successful season. The Bulldogs have an excellent mix of talent and experience all over the field.

February 21, 2012
Reinalda To Be Inducted Into Cerritos College Hall Of Fame
Barbara Reinalda, who has guided the Yale softball team to 133 wins in her seven years as head coach, will be inducted into the Cerritos College campus-wide Hall of Fame in April. Reinalda is part of the college’s inaugural Hall of Fame class.

February 1, 2012
Bulldogs Begin Preparation For Upcoming Season
The unseasonably mild weather has New Haven residents dreaming of spring. The Yale softball team is always thinking spring on Feb. 1, regardless of the conditions outside. That date serves as the official first day of practice.

January 24, 2012
Bulldogs To Host Pitching & Hitting Clinic On Feb. 19
The Yale softball team will host a pitching and hitting clinic on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Coxe Cage. The session begins with a pitching clinic at 10 a.m. – pitchers must bring a catcher – and continues with a hitting clinic at noon. The cost is $45 per session or $80 for both. The price for groups of 10 or more is $30 per player, but groups must register in advance with group names. Registration will be conducted at the door starting 30 minutes prior to the sessions but participants must reserve a spot by emailing head coach Barbara Reinalda at Barbara.reinalda@yale.edu.

January 9, 2012
Three Bulldogs Earn Preseason All-Ivy Honors From CollegeSportsMadness.com
Three Yale softball players have been named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com 2012 Ivy League Preseason All-Conference Team. Pitcher Chelsey Dunham was selected to the first team, while shortstop Meg Johnson and centerfielder Tori Balta were second team selections.

October 7, 2011
Five Players Earn 2011 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Honors
Five Yale softball players – Kristen Leung, Kelsey Warkentine, Jennifer Ong, Katie Yanagisawa and Virginia Waldrop – were named as 2011 National Fastball Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athletes.

September 30, 2011
Yale Named NFCA All-Academic Team
The Yale softball team has been selected a 2010-11 All-Academic team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Bulldogs had a team grade point average of 3.404, the 15th best in all of Division I softball.