Bulldogs Seek To Continue Steady Improvement
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will face the hottest team in the Ivy League when division play starts this weekend. The Bulldogs are at first-place Dartmouth for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. The first pitch on both days is slated for 12:30 p.m. The Big Green has won its first eight Ivy League games.
Yale enters the weekend playing perhaps its best softball of the season. Over the last five games, the Bulldogs are hitting .263 with eight doubles. Tori Balta (.600, 9-for-15), Sarah Onorato (.400, 6-for-15) and Laina Do (.333, 5-for-15) have been swinging particularly hot bats. Balta is second in the Ivy League with a .382 overall average, while Do has perhaps the biggest hit of the season, a single that drove home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Princeton.
Yale's pitching also has seen an improvement during the recent stretch. Chelsey Dunham (1.37), Lindsay Efflandt (1.91) and Kristen Leung (2.47) all have under 2.50 earned run averages over the last five games.
The staff will face a stiff test against a Dartmouth lineup that leads the league in batting average (.288), runs (144) and home runs (24). The Big Green features a balanced attack. Five regular are hitting better than .300, led by league leader Kelsey Miller at .386. Kristen Rumley leads Dartmouth in the circle. She has a 128 strikeouts in 114.2 innings pitched and 11 wins.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity