Marist In Town For Home Opener On Saturday

March 19, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of familiar non-conference opponents are on the schedule this weekend for the Yale softball team. The Bulldogs host Marist in their home opener on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. ( Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker). Yale has played the Red Foxes every year since 1999. On Sunday, Yale heads to Providence to play two with the Friars. The first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. ( Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker). The Bulldogs and Friars have played 44 times since the first meeting in 1979.

Scoring first has been important for Yale so far this season. The Bulldogs are 6-3 when they take the lead but 0-5 when their opponent scores first. Lauren Huddleston and Ashley Sloan each saw their 12-game hitting streaks come to an end in the first game against Stony Brook on Wednesday, but both are still off to impressive starts. Huddleston leads the team in batting (.500), hits (20) and runs scored (12). Sloan is hitting .380 and is the team leader in triples (2) and stolen bases (5) and shares the team lead in RBI with 10.

The Red Foxes (5-13) are coming off a trip to Philadelphia for games against Temple and Villanova. Marist hit five home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Temple on Wednesday. That same day, Jessica Green became the school's all-time RBI leader when she knocked in her 119th career run. Melissa Giordano leads the Red Foxes in batting (.449), hits (22), runs (20) and doubles (9). Caitlin Carpentier has started nine games in the circle and has a 4.89 earned run average.

Providence (3-16) hasn't played since losing two games on the final day of the Amy S. Harrison Classic in Riverside, Calif last Sunday. Mary Rose Sheehy leads the Friars with a .431 batting average. Yale fans may remember Sheehy from last year when she reached base seven times and had three RBI in a doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Providence pitchers have issued 100 walks in 127.2 innings and have a 5.08 ERA.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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