Eli pitching should be advantage in Brown series

This weekend, the softball team will enter its last games of the season, playing Ivy League rival Brown in a pair of doubleheaders.

Yale (17-24-1, 4-12 Ivy) will travel to Providence, R.I., for the first doubleheader against the Bears (7-23, 2-14) on Saturday and will return to New Haven to play the second doubleheader the following day.

The Bulldogs and the Bears are evenly matched in batting averages this season: Yale’s team average is .272, and Brown’s is only slightly lower, at .253. Ashley Sloan ’10 leads the Bulldogs with a .368 batting average and Brown’s Linnea Anderson tops the roster with a .337 average. Captain Aracelis Torres ’08 leads Yale in RBIs, with an impressive 27 hits that have helped her teammates score.

The Elis seem to hold the advantage in pitching — KR Ling ’10 and Kayla Kuretich ’10 lead the Bulldogs with 1.99 and 2.56 ERAs, respectively. Brown’s top pitchers are currently boasting 2.60 and 4.27 ERAs.

Both Yale and Brown are out of the running for a chance at the Ivy League championships: Harvard has already cinched the North Division berth with a division-leading 12-4 Ivy record. Several Elis said they will still play with the same intensity for the sake of the game.

“You always want to end the season on a high note and as a senior, especially, you want to end with a couple of wins under your belt,” Torres said. “Even though we’re not going to Ivy League champs, it’s still for Yale, and we’re going to play for the game and play for ourselves as a team.”

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