April 3, 2009

Busy Weekend Of Ivy Play On Tap

April 3, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A busy week for the Yale softball team continues with a pair of important Ivy League doubleheaders. The Bulldogs host Columbia on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ( Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker) and then Penn visits on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ( Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker). All three teams enter the weekend with 1-3 Ivy League records, but all three had impressive mid-week performances.

Yale (12-14) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Fairfield on Wednesday. Kayla Kuretich tossed a three-hitter and struck out six as the Bulldogs won the first game 5-1, and Megan Enyeart went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in an 8-1 victory in the second game. Enyeart and Katie Edwards both reached milestones in the doubleheader. Enyeart's double in the sixth inning of the second game was the 36th of her career, tying her with Jesseka Bartholomew '03 for the Yale record.

Edwards knocked in the 84th run of her career, which is second to Bartholomew in school history. Edwards also just needs one home run to become Yale's all-time leader. One of the reasons she is on the verge of the home run record is her play against Penn. In five games against the Quakers, she has four homers and 12 RBI.

Columbia (11-17) swept a doubleheader from Marist on Thursday, winning the first game 9-1 and taking the second game 9-3. The 18 runs scored were a season-high in two games for the Lions. Senior Keli Leong went 6-for-9 with four RBI and three runs in the sweep. One of the Columbia players to watch is Maggie Johnson, both in the circle and at the plate. Last week against Harvard, she hit a two-run home run and pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Lions to a 2-0 victory.

Yale and Columbia split a doubleheader last year. The Lions won the first game 11-0 as Johnson pitched a five-hit shutout. In the second game, Kuretich allowed only four hits as the Bulldogs blanked the Lions 5-0.

The Quakers (6-17-1) are coming off a 9-1 victory over La Salle on Wednesday. Taylor Tieman hit a grand slam for Penn. Alisha Prystowsky leads the team with a .355 batting average and also has a team-best three homers and six doubles. The Quakers have used six different pitchers. Tory Satagaj has 38 strikeouts in 27.1 innings, while Jessie Lupardus has 36 strikeouts in 29 innings and leads the staff with two wins.

Yale and Penn split a doubleheader last year in Philadelphia. The Quakers won the first game 5-4 on Anna Puglisi's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Bulldogs had 11 hits in a 9-5 win in the second game.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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