Yale Hoping To Build Off Wednesday's 3-0 Win At Sacred Heart
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
The Bulldogs (8-28, 1-11 Ivy) are coming off a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart in Wednesday's second game. Chelsey Dunham tossed a three-hit shutout. Two of the hits were infield singles and she struck out three. It was the third complete game shutout of Dunham's young career.
Christy Nelson reached base in each game against the Pioneers, extending her streak to six games. She also belted the 11th home run of her career. Nelson has been at her best (.424, three doubles, two triples) in Ivy games so far this season. Meg Johnson (.343), Jennifer Ong (.308) and Tori Balta (.306) are each hitting better than .300 in league games.
Those impressive numbers will be put to the test against a solid Dartmouth (10-19, 3-9 Ivy) pitching staff that is anchored by freshman Kristen Rumley. Rumley leads the staff in ERA (2.53), wins (4), innings (83) and strikeouts (107).
Offensively, the Big Green is led by Kara Curosh, who has a .309 average. Hillary Barker and Noelle Ramirez share the team lead with three home runs apiece.
Dartmouth won three of four games with Yale last year in New Haven, despite a pair of strong pitching performances from Dunham. In 15.1 innings against the Big Green, Dunham struck out 17 and yielded only four earned runs.
Yale leads the all-time series with Dartmouth 27-21.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity