Bulldogs Open Ivy Play At Cornell, Princeton

Games With Big Red To Be Played at Ithaca College

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Yale (6-10) had 19 hits in Wednesday's doubleheader with Fairfield to break out of a mini slump. The outburst comes at a good time for the Bulldogs, who will likely face two-time Ivy League pitcher of the year Elizabeth Dalrymple at least once on Saturday. Dalrymple has posted a 50-17 record over her last three seasons, ranks fifth all-time at Cornell with 50 wins and holds the school's career strikeout mark (523).

Katie Yanagisawa, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday, brings a four-game hitting streak into the weekend games. She is batting .357 during the stretch. Overall, Jennifer Ong leads the Bulldogs with a .364 average. Christy Nelson has a team-best two home runs.

The Big Red is off to an 11-11-1 start with a revamped lineup, as the two-time defending Ivy League champion opens conference play on a four-game win streak. Senior Marissa Amiraian is batting .383 with 15 runs while spearheading the Big Red at the top of the lineup, while sophomore Kristen Towne is hitting .368 with a team-high six home runs and 19 RBI.

Princeton (8-12) has three players batting better than .300, led by Lizzy Pierce at .356. The Tigers' biggest issue has been in the circle. Princeton pitchers have yielded 92 earned runs and have a 5.11 ERA.

Yale swept two games from Princeton last year, winning 11-2 and 8-6. Nelson was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBI for the Bulldogs.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity