April 17, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale enters this weekend's four-game series with Dartmouth four games behind the first-place Big Green in the Ivy League North Division. So the importance for the Bulldogs is obvious. The series caps a busy week for Yale, which played doubleheaders at Harvard on Tuesday and at home against Sacred Heart on Wednesday. The first pitch on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m. (Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker), while the action begins on Sunday at noon. (Listen on wybc.com | Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker).
Yale's pitching staff will get a stiff test from the Big Green, who is batting .318 and averaging more than six runs per game in league games. Fortunately, Rebecca Wojciak and Deanna DiBernardi have been up to all challenges this season. Wojciak is fifth in the Ivy League in earned run average (2.14) and fourth in opponent batting average (.233). DiBernardi is seventh in ERA (2.48) and sixth in opponent average (.244).
Megan Enyeart has been swinging a hot bat for the Bulldogs (16-20, 5-7 Ivy). In her last seven games, she is hitting .304 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Second baseman Katie Yanagisawa has at least one hit in 11 of her last 12 games. She is batting .368 during the stretch. Freshman Meg Johnson's three triples this season leads the Ivy League.
Dartmouth (18-15, 9-3 Ivy) has six regulars batting better than .300 in Ivy games, led by Ashley Gleason, who is hitting .419. Gleason also leads the team with four home runs. Big Green pitcher and outfielder Kat Hicks was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. She batted .500 and was the winning pitcher in a victory over Brown.
Yale and Dartmouth split a four-game series last year in Hanover, N.H. The Bulldogs won a doubleheader on the first day, but the Big Green came back to take two the next day. Enyeart and Lauren Huddleston both hit .455 in that series for Yale.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity