Bulldogs Face Opening Day Trip To Central Connecticut

Kelsey Warkentine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kelsey Warkentine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First Games For New Coach Jen Goodwin

NEW HAVEN, Conn – The weather hasn't yet inspired Connecticut residents to turn their thoughts to spring, but the Yale softball team certainly is ready. The Bulldogs kick off the 2013 season with a doubleheader at Central Connecticut on Tuesday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m. at the CCSU Softball Complex.

The games are the first for new Yale head coach Jen Goodwin, who spent the last two years as the Assistant Executive Director for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. 

The Bulldogs return three All-Ivy performers from last year. Jennifer Ong was the first team All-Ivy second baseman last year and also earned NFCA first team All-Northeast Region honors. She finished third in the Ivy League in hits (54), fifth in batting average (.351), sixth in on base percentage (.409) and fifth in total plate appearances (171). Christy Nelson earned second team All-Ivy recognition at third base last spring after leading the team with 22 RBI and tying for third in the league with 12 doubles, and Tori Balta was an honorable mention selection. She led the Ivy League with 11 sacrifice bunts and tied for 10th with 24 runs scored.

Central Connecticut (2-3) has already played five games. The Blue Devils beat Stephen Austin and Loyola Marymount at the University of South Florida Tournament. Central was picked to finish third in the Northeast Conference preseason poll. The Blue Devils won a school-record 31 games last year.

Yale and Central Connecticut split a doubleheader last year at Dewitt Family Field. Overall, the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 26-24.

Tuesday's doubleheader is the start of a busy week for the Bulldogs, who head to Seattle for the University of Washington's Tournament this weekend.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity