April 9, 2009

Division Play Begins With Trip To Harvard

April 9, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Expect low scoring games when the Yale and Harvard softball teams meet in a four-game series this weekend. The Crimson is second in the Ivy League with a 2.37 earned run average, which is just slightly better than the Bulldogs' 2.60 team ERA. Doubleheaders are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, and the first pitch of the first game each day is set for 12:30 p.m. Live stats for all four games will be available from gocrimson.com.

Yale (14-16, 3-5 Ivy) didn't play a mid-week game and went 2-2 last weekend. The Bulldogs had an exhilarating 5-4 win over Columbia in the first game on Saturday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win. On Sunday, the tables were turned. Penn scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally for an 8-7 victory in the second game.

Freshman Meg Johnson was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday. In six games last week she batted .476 (10-for-21) and had an .857 slugging percentage. Her biggest hit was the game-winning two-run single in the win over Columbia. In the second game with the Lions, she doubled and tripled in three at bats. In Yale's doubleheader sweep of Fairfield, she was 4-for-7 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.

Harvard (19-9, 5-3 Ivy) features two of the top rookies in the league. Pitcher Rachel Brown has an 11-3 record with a 1.27 ERA. In 97.2 innings pitched, she has 146 strikeouts. Whitney Shaw, who was named the Rookie of the Week this week, leads the team in batting (.339), home runs (18) and RBI (18).

The Crimson, which won the Ivy North Division last year before losing to Princeton in the championship series, won all four games with Yale last year. Katie Yanagisawa had three RBI in the series for the Bulldogs.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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