Teams Play Friday At Brown, Saturday At Dewitt Family Field
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team wraps up the 2014 season with back-to-back doubleheaders against Brown this weekend. The two teams play Friday in Providence at 2 p.m. and then on Saturday at Dewitt Family Field at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday is Senior Day at Yale and four players will be making their final home appearance. Tori Balta, Chelsey Dunham, Kristen Leung and Alex Lucas have combined to play in nearly 400 games and have made outstanding contributions to the Yale softball program.
Balta, the 2014 team captain, has been Yale's starting centerfielder since the day she arrived on campus and has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of her first three season. This spring as a senior, she enters the final weekend fifth in the Ivy League in batting (.364), tied for third in doubles (11), third in stolen bases (11) and ninth in hits (39). In her outstanding career, she has played 166 games, collected 133 hits and knocked in 46 runs, all while playing stellar defense in centerfield.
Dunham has helped anchor Yale's pitching staff throughout her career. Her 25 victories are the eighth most in school history. She also is third all-time at Yale with 49 complete games and fifth with 238 strikeouts. In each of her first three seasons, she finished in the top five in the Ivy League in innings pitched, and as a freshman in 2011, earned second team All-Ivy recognition. In her career, she has pitched 508.3 innings.
Leung also has been a mainstay in the circle. In her four years, she has pitched 204 innings and recorded 77 strikeouts. In each of her first three years, she was second on the Yale staff in earned run average. In her sophomore season, she was the recipient of the team's Most Improved Player Award after finishing second on the team in ERA, wins, innings and strikeouts despite having major back surgery in the offseason.
Lucas 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. She is one of only three multiple winners of the award in school history. This spring as a senior she has appeared in a career-high 12 games.
The Bears (3-31, 1-15 Ivy) picked up their first league victory last Saturday, knocking off Dartmouth 3-1. A pair of freshmen lead Brown in hitting. Christina Andrews has a .280 average, while Casey Fisher is batting .269. Andrews also leads the team with three home runs and 10 RBI. Freshman Leah Nakashima leads the Brown pitching staff with a 4.32 earned run average.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity