2010 Season Wraps Up This Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For seniors Allie Canulli, Holly Gutterud, Lauren Huddleston, Kayla Kuretich and Ashley Sloan, it probably seems like only yesterday that they played their first games for the Bulldogs – 9-1 and 6-3 victories over Rider and Fairleigh Dickinson at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Mar. 11, 2007. The five will hope for similar success in their last weekend when Yale plays a four-game series against Brown. The teams meet in Providence on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. and then come to New Haven on Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader. Free audio of Saturday's games is available at wybcx.com/sports.
The Class of 2010 has been a part of nearly 75 victories and as juniors helped Yale to its best Ivy League finish since 2003.
Canulli has enjoyed an outstanding senior season after missing all of last year with an injury. She leads the team in batting (.321) and shares the team lead in RBI (16). In victories over Princeton and Sacred Heart, she knocked in three runs, and she has seven multi-hit games. As a sophomore, she tied for the team lead in home runs (2) and was third in RBI (16) while starting 38 games at third base. Her first career homer came in her freshman season against Marist. She also homered against Princeton that year.
Gutterud is a two-time All-Ivy selection. She returned this season after taking a year off to study abroad and has played key roles for the Bulldogs. As a pitcher she leads the Yale staff in earned run average (3.37) and shares the team-lead in wins (4). At the plate, she has had a number of big hits, including a two-run single in a victory over Columbia. In her sophomore year, she batted a team-best .405 in 13 Ivy League games and was 3-1 as a pitcher. As a freshman she led the pitching staff with three saves.
Huddleston has battled through injury to enjoy a successful senior season. She has started 24 games in right field, and in a victory over Marist, she homered and knocked in all three runs in a 3-0 victory. As a junior she was named a first team All-Ivy outfielder after leading the league with a .405 batting average, which was the fourth best in a single season in school history. She finished second on the team in hits (45), runs (27) and stolen bases (9). In her sophomore year she was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection, and as a rookie, she batted .333 in league games.
Kuretich has been a mainstay on the Yale pitching staff since the day she arrived in New Haven. Her 167 career strikeouts are the sixth most in school history. This season, she leads the pitching staff in strikeouts (68), innings pitched (93.1) and opponent batting average (.249). She was named the Ivy League pitcher of the week after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a game against Marist. As a junior, she led the Bulldogs with three saves. As a sophomore, her 2.45 earned run average was the fifth best in the Ivy League. Her first career victory came against Manhattan in her rookie season.
Sloan has enjoyed an outstanding career. She enters her final games needing four hits to become Yale's all-time leader. In addition she is second all-time in career runs scored (114) and fifth in stolen bases (51). Her .335 career batting average is the fourth best in school history. In her four years, she has started 160 games in centerfield. She has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of her first three years. This season she leads the team in hits (38) and stolen bases (10). As a junior, she finished in the top-10 in the Ivy League in stolen bases, triples, runs and hits. In her sophomore year, she led the team in batting, hits and stolen bases. As a freshman, she was named a first team All-Ivy outfielder after leading the league in triples and stolen bases.
Brown (18-20, 5-11 Ivy) split a doubleheader with Dartmouth on Wednesday in Providence. Kristie Chin's solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Bears to a 2-1 victory in the second game. Chin also was the winning pitcher. Brown is batting .269 as a team and has 22 home runs. Kate Strobel leads the way with 10 homers. Katie Rothamel leads the team in average (.374), hits (46), doubles (18) and RBI (26). Chin anchors the Brown pitching staff. She has a 12-4 overall record with a 2.03 earned run average. In 117 innings pitched, she has 90 strikeouts. Brown has three seniors who will be playing the last games of their careers - Amanda Asay, Andrea Browne and Rothamel.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity