Bulldogs Face Pair of High-Powered Offenses

Jackie Manzer, McKynlee Westman and Barbara Reinalda. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jackie Manzer, McKynlee Westman and Barbara Reinalda. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Defending Ivy Champion Cornell, Princeton Visit Dewitt Family Field

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale’s pitching staff entered the week leading the Ivy League in earned run average. That staff will be put to the test when two of the Ivy League’s most potent offenses visit Dewitt Family Field this weekend. Defending Ivy League champion Cornell is in town on Friday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The Big Red has already scored 132 runs this season. On Saturday, Princeton visits for a doubleheader that gets under way at 12:30 p.m. The Tigers lead the league with 21 home runs. Free audio of Saturday’s games will be available at wybc.com.

The Bulldogs (6-15, 2-2 Ivy) are coming off a pair of losses to Providence on Wednesday. The Friars got off to fast starts in both games, a problem that has plagued Yale for much of the season. The Bulldogs have been outscored 46-14 in the first three innings of games.

Two Yale players will take hitting streaks of five games or better into the weekend. Ashley Sloan had three more hits in the Providence doubleheader and has hit safely in six straight games. Sloan, who leads the team with a .338 average, is now 17 hits shy of setting a new school record. McKynlee Westman has a five-game hitting streak. She is batting .500 (6-for-12) during the stretch. Westman knocked in both Yale runs in the first game against Providence.

Cornell (17-8, 5-1 Ivy) has won six of its last seven games. The Big Red has played good softball in all three phases. The team’s .968 fielding percentage would rank second in school history if maintained. Reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Elizabeth Dalrymple is 8-2 on the mound with a 2.68 ERA in 68.0 innings. She is coming off a weekend with 26 strikeouts and just one walk in two Ancient Eight contests. At the plate, reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Alyson Intihar is batting .438 (29th in Division I). Elise Menaker (.351, 3 HR, 22 RBI) and Kristen Towne (.319, 6 HR, 14 RBI) also have sparked the offense.

Cornell swept a doubleheader from the Bulldogs last year in Ithaca, N.Y.
Princeton (6-22, 0-4 Ivy) plays a doubleheader at Brown on Friday before traveling to New Haven. Jamie Lettire leads the team with eight home runs and has 37 career homers, which ties her with Melissa Finley for the most in school history. Kelsey Quist has a team-best 20 RBI. Three pitchers have shared the duties in the circle. Alex Peyton and Liza Kuhn both have three wins.

Yale and Princeton split a doubleheader last year in the New Jersey.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity