March 28, 2014

Ivy Play Starts With Trip To Columbia, Penn

Bulldogs Seek Strong Start In League Play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The preliminaries are over. The Yale softball team is ready to kick off Ivy League play this weekend. The Bulldogs have doubleheaders at Columbia on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Penn on Monday. The start time against the Quakers has been pushed back to 3 p.m.

Head Jen Goodwin put together a very challenging pre-Ivy schedule, and she has been pleased with the way her team competed.

Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by captain Tori Balta, who is third in the league with a .360 batting average. Balta has been red hot. In the four games at the Yale Invitational, she hit .615 with two doubles and a triple.

Columbia (9-9) is trying to get in its doubleheader with Brown today. The Lions are 9-9 and have an impressive .295 team batting average. Emily Kenyon (2.83 ERA) and Brooke Darling (5.01 ERA) have seen a majority of the time in the circle for Columbia.

Penn (4-9) relies more on its pitching staff for success, particularly Alexis Borden, who has 56 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. Leah Allen tops the team with three home runs and 16 RBI.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity