Weekend Invitational Shifts To Sacred Heart; Bulldogs To Host Bryant, BU

Brittany Labbadia (Rocco Labbadia photo)
Brittany Labbadia (Rocco Labbadia photo)

Actions Starts In Fairfield Saturday At 10 a.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Invitational will go on this weekend. It will just be held at Sacred Heart's Pioneer Park. Despite the diligent work of the Yale grounds crew, Dewitt Family Field is still recovering from the harsh winter so Yale will host the tournament 25 miles away in Fairfield.

There will be a total of six games, including four involving the Bulldogs. Yale meets Bryant on Saturday at 10 a.m. and then takes on Boston University at 12:30 p.m. Bryant and BU play the final game of the day at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Bulldogs host BU at 10 a.m. BU and Bryant play at 12:30 p.m., and Yale and Bryant close out the tournament at 3 p.m.

The Bulldogs (3-9) returned on Monday from a 10-day trip to Florida. Freshman Camille Weisenbach (.296) leads the Bulldogs in batting average. Sarah Onorato (.282) and Tori Balta (.270) are also off to strong starts.

The Bulldogs have been getting strong pitching. Freshman Lindsay Efflandt (2.25 ERA), Chelsey Dunham (2.78) and Rhydian Glass (3.00) all have earned run averages of 3.00 or lower.

Bryant (7-10) has already travelled to Texas, South Carolina and Florida this season. Elle Madsen has been the offensive leader for the Bulldogs. She is batting .326 with four home runs and 11 RBI. She also is the team's pitching leader. She has thrown 67.2 innings and has a 3.01 earned run average.

Shayne Lotito is in her first year as the head coach at Bryant. She served as an assistant at Boston College in 2012-13.

Boston University (11-10) hasn't played since a 7-0 loss to Butler on Mar. 16. The Terriers have a .312 team batting average and have outscored their opponents 111-85.

Jayme Mask leads the team with a .435 average. Brittany Clendenny has a team-best 20 runs batted in.

BU has three pitchers that have seen time in the circle. Makinna Akers leads the staff with a 1.52 ERA. Melanie Russell has a staff best 44 strikeouts in 39.2 innings, and Lauren Hynes has five victories.

Live stats should be available for all six games of the tournament.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity