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Big Ivy League Weekend On Tap For Bulldogs

Tori Balta. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tori Balta. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Hosts Doubleheaders With Princeton Friday, Cornell Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Jennifer Ong continued her recent hot streak by getting three hits in Wednesday's doubleheader at Rhode Island. She has at least one hit in 10 of the 11 games and is hitting .405 over that stretch. Overall, she leads the team in hits (27), RBI (12) and average (.333). Tori Balta and Riley Hughes are each off to fast starts in Ivy play. Both batted .333 in the four league games last weekend.

One of the positives to come out of Wednesday's doubleheader was the performance of pitcher Kristen Leung. Leung tossed 5.2 innings in the second game, struck out three and yielded only one earned run.

Princeton (6-19, 2-2 Ivy) is coming off a doubleheader split with Seton Hall on Tuesday. Liz Kuhn tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener. She leads the staff in wins (3), ERA (3.73) and strikeouts (62). Alex Peyton leads the Tigers with five home runs and 19 RBI. Nicole Ontiveros has a team-best .337 batting average.

Yale had a very productive offensive day at Princeton last year. Ong and Christy Nelson both homered as the Bulldogs cruised to a 9-0 victory in the first game. Ong homered again in the second game, one of 15 Yale hits, but the Bulldogs dropped a wild, 13-12 decision.

As always, Cornell (12-13, 3-1 Ivy) features a potent offense. The Big Red has out homered its opponents 26-8. Erin Keene and Jenny Edwards share the team lead with five home runs apiece. Edwards is the younger sister of former Yale player Katie Edwards '09. Lauren Marx (2.08 ERA), Jenna Stoller (3.05) and Alyson Onyon (3.66) have handled a majority of the pitching duties for Cornell, which plays a doubleheader at Brown on Friday.

The Big Red swept a doubleheader from Yale last year in Ithaca, and has won the last 15 meetings with the Bulldogs.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity