March 17, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - During their 12-game trip to the Rebel Games, the Bulldogs' bats were as hot as the Central Florida weather. Hopefully a return to the Northeast won't cool off the Yale offense. The Bulldogs play their first road games of the season when they hop on a ferry to cross Long Island Sound to meet Stony Brook. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m. (Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker).
Yale (6-6) batted an Ivy League leading .304 and outscored its opponents 59-44 in Florida. Lauren Huddleston, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, is second in the league with a .541 average. Ashley Sloan is fifth at .432 and Megan Enyeart is eighth at .371. Huddleston and Sloan have at least one hit in every game this season.
The Bulldogs' offense will get a test from a Stony Brook pitching staff that has allowed opponents a .211 average. Casey Jacobs is 3-0 with a 0.30 earned run average, while Alyssa Struzenberg has 38 strikeouts in 29 innings.
The Seawolves (7-3) have won three in a row, including a 2-1 victory over Columbia at Florida Atlantic's Tournament.
Stony Brook swept a doubleheader from Yale last year in New Haven, winning the first game 4-2 and taking the nightcap 7-2. Kayla Kuretich struck out a career-high 10 hitters in the first game for the Bulldogs, while Megan Boon had two hits in the second game.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity