Bulldogs Set For Visit From Fairfield

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Brittany Labbadia. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Wednesday's Doubleheader Last Before Start Of Ivy Play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team begins a busy week by hosting a doubleheader with Fairfield on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game at Dewitt Family Field is slated for 2 p.m.

The games serve as the final dress rehearsal before the start of Ivy League play for the Bulldogs, who travel to Cornell and Princeton this weekend.

Yale's offensive has come alive in recent games. The Bulldogs had 21 hits in last Friday's doubleheader with Rhode Island and have reached double figures in hits in three of the last six games. During that stretch, the team is batting .323 with five home runs.

Two of the hottest hitting Bulldogs were honored by the Ivy League on Tuesday. Sarah Onorato and Brittany Labbadia were each named to the Honor Roll. In three games last week, Onorato batted .556 with two doubles and a home run. The home run was her team leading fifth of the season. She began the week 49th in the nation in home runs (0.31 per game). Labbadia was 3-for-6 (.500) during the week and scored three runs. In her last six games, she is batting .571 (8-of-14).

The Stags (10-9) feature a potent offense as well as they average more than 4.5 runs per game. The leader is Lauren Liseth, who is fifth in the nation in RBI (1.37 per game), sixth in slugging percentage (.981), 11th in on base percentage (.565) and 15th in batting average (.462). She was named the MAAC Player of the Week after batting .667 in Saturday's sweep of UConn. She went 2 for 3 in both ends of the doubleheader and drove home four runs over the two games. Her three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning of game two gave the Stags the early lead.

Rae Ball was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week. She tossed a six-hit shutout against UConn, walking just one batter and striking out three hitters in picking up her third win of the season. Ball retired the side in order twice and allowed only one base runner in three of the remaining five innings of the game.

The game is scheduled to be televised on CPTV Sports on tape delay. The first game will be shown on Friday at 7 p.m. Both games will be shown on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. CPTV Sports is available only in Connecticut. For more information on the network's schedule, click here.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity