First-Place Harvard Visits For Four-Game Series On Alumni Weekend

Bulldogs Likely To See Two Of Top Pitchers In Ivy League

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team's offense has picked up in recent games. The Bulldogs have scored 14 runs in their last four games while batting .284 during the stretch. The Yale bats will get a stiff test this weekend when Ivy League North Division leader Harvard visits Dewitt Family Field for a four-game series. The teams play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday and both begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday is Alumni Day.

The Bulldogs (7-23, 1-7 Ivy) will likely face two of the league's top pitchers. Harvard's Rachel Brown and Laura Ricciardone both have sub-2.00 earned run averages.

One of the hot bats Brown and Ricciardone will be facing is Jennifer Ong. In her last five games, Ong is hitting .588 (10-for-17) with four runs scored and three doubles. She had four hits in Wednesday's doubleheader with Wagner to raise her team-leading batting average to .363.

Christy Nelson (.417 over the last four games) and Tori Balta (.385) also have been swinging the bat well for Yale.

The Bulldogs have had some success against Brown in the past. Last year in Cambridge, Yale hit two home runs and scored 10 runs off her in a 12-11 loss.

In addition to its stellar pitching staff, the Crimson (20-10, 7-1 Ivy) feature a potent offense. Jane Alexander leads the team with a .447 batting average. Kasey Lange, the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has a team-high five home runs and 25 RBI.

Harvard swept Columbia and Penn last weekend and is coming off a doubleheader split with Rhode Island on Tuesday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity