Six Yale softball players have earned All-Ivy recognition. Pitcher Chelsey Dunham and shortstop Meg Johnson were named to the second team, while catcher McKynlee Westman, first baseman Mariclaire Rebman, second baseman Katie Yanagisawa and outfielder Tori Balta were honorable mention selections. It was only the second time since 2006 that Yale had six players honored.
Four Yale softball players have earned 2011 Capital One Academic All-District honors. Catcher McKynlee Westman was voted to the first team, while infielder Katie Yanagisawa and outfielders Jennifer Ong and Virginia Waldrop were second team selections.
Christy Nelson, who led the team with six home runs, 28 RBI and 26 runs, has been elected captain of the 2011-12 Yale softball team. The announcement was made at the annual post season banquet on Sunday following a team vote.
Friday was Senior Day at Dewitt Family Field, but it was a freshman that had the biggest hit of the day. Tori Balta’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning helped lead Yale to a 4-2 victory over Brown in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader. The seniors then played a big role in the second game. Mariclaire Rebman hit a three-run homer, Katie Yanagisawa knocked in two runs and McKynlee Westman added a hit as the Bulldogs competed the sweep with a 7-5 win.
In a season full of dramatic finishes, it looked like the Yale softball team might have one last late-inning rally in the final game of the year. Instead, it came up just short, and the Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 decision at Brown in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader. The Bears won the opener 2-0.
The Yale-Marist doubleheader, scheduled for Thursday, has been cancelled due to rain. It will not be rescheduled. The Bulldogs conclude the season with back-to-back doubleheaders against Brown. The first one is Friday at 2 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field. The teams then play in Providence on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The last time the Yale softball team played doubleheaders on three straight days, the results were quite good. Yale won all six games, outscored its opponents 47-28 and batted .361 as a team. The Bulldogs hope for similar good fortune when they face the same scenario for the second time, starting Thursday at home against Marist at 2:30 p.m. Yale then hosts Brown on Friday at 2 p.m. and wraps up the season on Saturday at Brown at 12:30 p.m.
The Yale softball team got to one of the top pitchers in the Ivy League in a big way on Tuesday. Yale hit two home runs and scored 10 runs against Harvard’s Rachel Brown, who entered the day with a stellar 1.94 earned run average in league games. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Harvard has a pretty potent offense as well. As a result, the Crimson escaped with a wild 12-11 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader. Harvard completed the sweep with an 11-3 win in the second game.
The Yale softball team belted two more doubles in Sunday’s doubleheader with Harvard. The first of the two was the Bulldogs’ 58th of the season, which broke the school record. Unfortunately Yale couldn’t string together enough hits and dropped a doubleheader to the Ivy League North Division leading Crimson. Harvard won the opener 8-0 and took the second game 11-1.
There was much for the Yale softball team to celebrate in Wednesday’s doubleheader with Wagner. Jennifer Ong belted her school record 15th double of the season in the opener, and Yale tied the school record with its 57th double of the season in the second game.
Due to a rainy forecast in Boston on Saturday, the Yale-Harvard softball four-game series has been changed. The first doubleheader will be Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The teams will then play the second doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 26 beginning at 2 p.m.
It didn’t take long for Wednesday’s doubleheader with Wagner to become memorable for the Yale softball team. On the second pitch of the day, Jennifer Ong belted her 15th double of the season, setting a new school record. That was the start of a big first game for the Bulldogs, who cruised to a 9-1 win. Wagner came back to take the second game 7-4.
There will be a couple of interesting subplots to keep an eye on when the Yale softball team plays a doubleheader at Wagner on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Rightfielder Jennifer Ong needs one double to set a new single-season school record, and second baseman Katie Yanagisawa will be looking to extend her 20-game hitting streak.
More late-game heroics helped the Yale softball team earn a split of an Ivy League doubleheader with Dartmouth on Sunday at Dewitt Family Field. The Bulldogs scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning of the first game to escape with a 3-2 victory. Katie Yanagisawa scored the winning run on a passed ball. Dartmouth came back to win the second game 7-5.
Katie Yanagisawa extended her hitting streak to 18 games but the Yale softball team dropped a doubleheader to Dartmouth on a blustery afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. The Big Green won the first game 2-1 and then took the nightcap 9-1.
The Yale softball team made it through its eight-games against Ivy League South opponents in good shape. The Bulldogs won five. That sets up an important four-game series with Dartmouth as Ivy North action begins this weekend. Yale and the Big Green play doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday, and the action gets under way at 12:30 p.m. each day.
Yale’s softball doubleheader with Sacred Heart scheduled for this afternoon (Wednesday, Apr. 13) has been cancelled due to rain. The Bulldogs will now put their six-game winning streak on the line this weekend when they host a pair of doubleheaders against Dartmouth. The starting time on both Saturday and Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
The suddenly red-hot Yale softball team will put its six-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday when Sacred Heart visits Dewitt Family Field. Weather permitting, the first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.
Chelsey Dunham, who was the winning pitcher in four of Yale’s six victories last week, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Dunham, a Fairfax Station, Va., native, tossed 30 innings, struck out 20 and allowed only nine earned runs in five appearances.
Six games in three days didn’t prove to be a problem for the Yale softball team. The Bulldogs won all six, completing the perfect weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Rhode Island on Sunday. Jennifer Ong had two hits and knocked in three runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth, as Yale won the first game 4-3. Christy Nelson’s RBI double scored Mariclaire Rebman in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game as the Bulldogs won a wild 12-11 decision.
Much of the attention has been focused on Yale’s hitting recently, but in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Columbia it was a pitcher that may have played the most important role. Chelsey Dunham tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener as the Bulldogs cruised to a 7-0 victory. Dunham then pitched three innings of shutout relief as Yale rallied for a 12-7 win in the second game.
The busiest weekend of the season has one key ingredient that should make the Yale softball team very happy. The Bulldogs will have the last at bat in all six games. Yale has dropped three straight, all coming when the opponent scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs hope their fortunes change when they play three doubleheaders in three days at Dewitt Family Field.
The Yale softball team was certainly due for some late-game heroics. Freshman Tori Balta made sure it happened. Balta’s single through the left side of the infield scored Christy Nelson with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Penn in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Yale completed the sweep in less dramatic but equally impressive fashion. The Bulldogs banged out 16 hits and cruised to a 10-6 win over the Quakers.
It was a heartbreaking day for the Yale softball team. The Bulldogs took leads into the bottom of the seventh inning of both games against Providence only to see the Friars rally and win both ends of the doubleheader. Justine Stratton’s third homer of the game, this one a grand slam, lifted PC to a wild 12-10 victory in the opener, and Michelle Huber’s RBI single capped a two-run seventh-inning rally in the nightcap as Providence won 2-1.
The Yale softball team erupted for 21 runs and 27 hits in Sunday’s doubleheader with Princeton. The Bulldogs may need to be just as sharp offensively when they play two games at Providence on Wednesday. The Friars have belted 27 home runs in 33 games and average nearly 3.5 runs per game. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Hits haven’t been a problem for the Yale softball team recently. Turning those hits into runs has been the issue. The Bulldogs went a long way toward solving that problem in Sunday’s doubleheader with Princeton. Yale banged out 27 hits in the two games but more importantly scored 21 runs to earn a split with the Tigers.
Nobody on the Yale softball team will shed a tear when Cornell pitcher Elizabeth Dalrymple graduates in May. Dalrymple continued her mastery of the Bulldogs, along with the rest of the Ivy League, by tossing a four-hit shutout to lead the Big Red to a 3-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cornell won the second game 10-2.
It looks like the weather is going to cooperate so the Yale softball team will indeed open Ivy League play on Saturday against Cornell. There is, however, a catch. Because Cornell’s field is not playable, the doubleheader will be held at Ithaca College’s Kostrinsky Field. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will then play two at Princeton on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.