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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.