March 29, 2011

Fairfield Makes Short Trip For Mid-Week Doubleheader

Bulldogs, Stags Meeting For 16th Straight Year

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team has one last opportunity to work out the kinks before the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs host Fairfield in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.

Yale, which opens Ivy play at Cornell on Friday, and Fairfield have a long history. The teams have played every year since 1995 and 56 times overall.

Last year the teams were scheduled to play twice in Fairfield. Wet field conditions pushed the start time of the first game back and that turned out to be harmful to the Bulldogs. Sarah Minice pitched a complete-game seven-hitter to lift the Stags to a 3-1 victory in the opener.

Yale's bats came alive in the second game.  The Bulldogs banged out 16 hits in four innings and had a 9-3 lead. Unfortunately, all that offense took time and the game had to be called before it became official as darkness was descending on Alumni Field. As a result, none of the statistics counted.

The big losers in that were Meg Johnson and Christy Nelson. Johnson belted a two-run homer and Nelson added a three-run blast.

Yale is in need of a similar offensive outburst this year. The Bulldogs have hit just .201 as a team in the last six games.

Katie Yanagisawa was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday. She had two hits and reached base three times in Saturday's doubleheader with Army.

The Stags (8-11) finished up a four-game trip to California with a 6-2 loss to Cal Poly in the Mustang Classic on Sunday.

Lauren Liseth earned her first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week award after starting all four games at the Mustang Classic last weekend. Liseth batted .500 for the week with six hits in 12 at-bats during the Cal Poly Mustang Classic. She had three doubles with three RBI and scored a run, and posted two three-hit games.

Minice leads the pitching staff in wins (4), ERA (2.29) and strikeouts (42).

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity