April 4, 2013

Key Ivy League Home Weekend On Tap For Bulldogs

Yale Hosts Penn Friday, Columbia Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – If the first Ivy League weekend is any indication, it is going to be a very nerve-wracking season for Yale softball fans. Three of the four games were decided in extra innings, including a 13-inning affair against Cornell that had a number of twists and turns.

The good news for the Bulldogs was they won all three to grab the early lead in the North Division. That sets up an important weekend at Dewitt Family Field. The Bulldogs host doubleheaders against Penn on Friday at 2 p.m. and Columbia on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Yale's offense has come to life in a big way recently. The Bulldogs have reached double figures in hits in five of the last seven games and are batting .286 during the stretch. Sarah Onorato will bring a 15-game hitting streak into the weekend, the longest by an Ivy League player this year.

Brittany Labbadia, Christy Nelson and Hannah Brennan have been hot as well. Labbadia had four hits in Wednesday's doubleheader with Bryant, while Nelson added a pair of doubles. In her last seven games, Brennan is batting .357.

On Friday, the Bulldogs are likely to face Alexis Borden, last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Borden has a 1.83 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched. Like Yale, Penn (13-13, 3-1) had a strong start to the Ivy season, sweeping Harvard and splitting two games with Dartmouth. Samantha Erosa (.322) is the Quakers' leading hitter, while Brooke Coloma is hitting .308 with six stolen bases.

Columbia (12-14, 1-3 Ivy) averages more than four runs per game. Emily Snodgrass leads the team with a .361 batting average. She also has five home runs and 20 RBI, which are both team bests. Brooke Darling (2.71 ERA) and Emily Kenyon (2.83 ERA) have made a majority of the starts in the circle.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity