April 3, 2013

Battle Of Bulldogs Wednesday At Dewitt Family Field

Yale Starts Busy Week At Home With Visit From Bryant

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team did just about everything well in the opening weekend of Ivy League play. Yale hit .275, scored 26 runs and belted nine home runs and got solid work in the circle, yielding only 13 earned runs in 50 innings (1.82 ERA). The Bulldogs will look to keep the momentum rolling when they begin a busy week of home games by hosting Bryant on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.

Yale (7-15) won three of four against Cornell and Princeton and is the early leader in the Ivy's North Division.

After some early-season struggles, pitcher Chelsey Dunham seems to have found her rhythm. In three appearances last week, she tossed 23 innings, posted a 1.83 ERA and earned two victories. Her most impressive performance came in the first game against Cornell. She allowed two runs in the first inning, but shut down the high-powered Big Red offense for the next 12 innings before the Bulldogs finally scored five times in the 13th inning to win.

Kristen Leung (0.66 ERA) and Rhydian Glass also threw well. Leung pitched four innings to earn the victory in the second game against Cornell, while Glass tossed eight innings in the win over Princeton.

All three Yale victories over the weekend came in extra innings. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 8-0 in extra frames so far this season.

The long ball continues to be a big part of the Yale offense. The Bulldogs have 18 home runs on the season and could threaten the single-season school record of 29 set in 2006.

Bryant (7-14) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Wagner on Saturday. Aubrey Mable leads the Bulldogs in batting (.369), hits (24) and RBI (14). She's also one of the team's top pitchers and was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday after earning the victory in the circle in both games against Wagner and hitting an important two-run home run.

Yale returns to Ivy play this weekend, hosting Penn on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity