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Bulldogs Seek Quick Start Wednesday At Fairfield

Riley Hughes (Sal Onorato photo)
Riley Hughes (Sal Onorato photo)

Yale Has Struggled In Openers In Recent Doubleheaders

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale softball team has played four doubleheaders since returning from the Rebel Games in Florida. In three of them, the Bulldogs have been shutout in the first game. As a result, it's pretty clear a better start will be a point of emphasis when Yale visits Fairfield on Wednesday in the final tune up before the start of Ivy play. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m. at Alumni Softball Field.

Yale (6-10) has shown plenty of offensive potential so far in the young season, including erupting for 12 hits and nine runs in a 9-8 victory over Bryant in Saturday's second game. It was the fourth time the Bulldogs have scored at least six runs in a game. Jennifer Ong led the way with five hits in the doubleheader with Bryant. She and Meg Johnson share the team lead in batting (.327). Johnson, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday, has been hot as well. In six games last week, she hit .368 and had a .684 slugging percentage. Johnson belted her first homer of the season in the second game against Bryant.

Four of Yale's last six games have been decided in extra innings so the Bulldogs should be battle-tested by the start of Ivy play.

Fairfield (12-13) has won two of its last three games, including a 6-2 victory over UConn last Thursday. The Stags have three players hitting better than .300, led by Kristen Filicia (.321). Alli Wigand has a team-best 15 RBI. Rebecca Trott (2.83 ERA) and Rae Ball (3.84) have seen a majority of the action in the circle.

Yale leads the all-time series 36-23, but Fairfield has won the last four meetings. The Stags swept a doubleheader 8-5 and 11-3 last year in New Haven.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity