Two Teams Meet For Eighth Straight Year
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team takes a break from Ivy League play on Wednesday. It won't be against an unfamiliar opponent, however. The Bulldogs travel to West Point for a doubleheader against Army. The two teams have met in each of the last seven years. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Yale will be facing an Army team that has won five of its last six games. A big reason for the Black Knights has been the performance of pitcher Morgan Lashley, who has posted a 0.45 earned average over her last 31 innings. During that stretch she has recorded 23 strikeouts. In her most recent outing, she tossed 11 shutout innings in Army's 1-0 victory over Bucknell on Sunday.
Lashley will be facing a Yale offense that is led by catcher Sarah Onorato. Onorato, a sophomore, is fourth in the nation in doubles per game (0.4) and 29th in slugging percentage (.808). In addition, she leads the Ivy League in batting (.415), slugging (.808), on base percentage (.472), hits (54), doubles (16), home runs (11) and total bases (105). Her 16 doubles are tied with teammate Jennifer Ong for the most in a single season in school history. Ong set the mark in 2011.
Onorato's battery mate, pitcher Chelsey Dunham, also is working her way up the Yale record book. With 11 complete games, she is now fourth in school history with 46. Her 47 strikeouts this season give her 201 for her career, the fifth most all time.
The Bulldogs have dropped the last five meetings with Army. Prior to that, Yale had beaten the Black Knights 10 straight times. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 21-8.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity