Yale Closes Out Season Against Bears
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
Saturday is the final home game for Yale seniors Chelsea Janes, Meg Johnson and Virginia Waldrop, who have combined to appear in nearly 400 games for the Bulldogs. All three have made outstanding contributions to the Yale Softball program over the last four years.
Janes is a two-time recipient of the Andy Van Etten Coaches Award, which is bestowed upon the player who represents the ideals of Yale Softball that go beyond statistics. This spring, she has established career highs in games played, hits and runs scored. In her junior season she made the successful switch from outfield to catcher. In her career, she has played in 80 games.
Johnson is a two-time All-Ivy performer. She has been Yale's starting shortstop since the day she arrived in New Haven. Her 161 career hits are the sixth most in school history, and she has played in 164 games. This season she is second on the team in runs, hits and average and has played an outstanding defensive shortstop. As junior, she earned second-team All-Ivy recognition after finishing eighth in the league in batting. In her freshman year, she led the Ivy League with five triples.
Waldrop has been a regular in Yale's outfield throughout her career. This season she has started a career-high 37 games and matched her career-high with 11 runs scored. In all, she has played in 116 games.
The Bulldogs (10-32, 3-13 Ivy) have hit five home runs in their last eight games.
In Brown, they'll be facing one of the top home run teams in the league. The Bears entered the week third in the Ivy League with 24 home runs. Stephanie Thompson leads the way with nine and Kate Strobel has eight. Thompson is in the top-10 nationally in four categories - batting average (2nd, .484), slugging percentage (9th, .874), toughest to strikeout (5th, 47.5) and on base percentage (6th, .565).
Jessica Cherness leads Brown's pitching staff with six wins and 103.1 innings pitched.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity