Bulldogs Travel To Providence To Play Bears Saturday
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Friday will be an emotional day for four Yale softball players who will be making their final appearance at Dewitt Family Field. Christy Nelson, Jennifer Ong, Liz Tutino and Kelsey Warkentine have combined to play in more than 500 games, collect nearly 360 hits and drive in nearly 200 runs over the last four years.
Brown will be the opponent for the Senior Day festivities, which begin at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs and Bears will then play a doubleheader on Saturday in Providence beginning at 12:30 p.m.
All four seniors have enjoyed outstanding careers. Nelson is Yale's all-time home run leader with 18. She also is fourth in school history with 88 career RBI and 33 doubles. In her career she has played in 166 games and has 140 hits. This season, she has started all 42 games and is second on the team in hits and home runs. As a junior, she was the second team All-Ivy third baseman after finishing in the top-10 in the league in four categories.
Ong is fifth all-time at Yale with 32 doubles. She has played in 159 games and batted close to .300 for her career. Prior to the start of the season, she was selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. In her junior year, she earned NFCA first team All-Northeast Region honors and was the first team All-Ivy second baseman. As a sophomore, she set what was then the Yale single-season record with 16 doubles.
Tutino has returned this spring to make a solid contribution after missing all of last season with an injury. Two of her five hits have been doubles, including one in Yale's big victory at Cornell. In 2011, she started a career-high 13 games before suffering an injury. Her first career hit was an RBI single against UConn in 2010.
Warkentine, who often sings the national anthem prior to home games, has been a regular starter at first base for the Bulldogs over the last four years. She has played in 135 games in her career and belted six home runs, including two this season. As a sophomore, she knocked in a career-high 16 runs and added six doubles.
Brown (8-25, 2-14 Ivy) features on of the top players in the Ivy League in Stephanie Thompson. She leads the team in batting (.353) this spring and was the league's co-player of the year last year. As a sophomore, she led the nation with a .504 batting average. Trista Chavez leads the Bears with six home runs.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity