SOFTBALL | Black Knights await softball team

The softball team will travel to face Army this weekend in a doubleheader. Army has won six of its last eight games.
The softball team will travel to face Army this weekend in a doubleheader. Army has won six of its last eight games. Photo by Zoe Gorman.

Bad weather may have kept the softball team off the field Wednesday, but sunny skies are forecasted for this weekend and for Yale’s trip to West Point, N.Y., to face Army (10–8) in a doubleheader.

The Bulldogs will go into the matchup looking to break a four-game skid. After opening the season with a 6–2 record, the Elis dropped consecutive doubleheaders to Central Connecticut and Bryant last week. The Bulldogs’ offense scored just four runs in those four games. It had averaged 4.5 runs up to that point.

“Pretty much if we hit we’re going to win the games [against Army],” head coach Barbara Reinalda said. “Right now we’re struggling just a little bit with our hitting. If we can get our hitting underway then we’ll be fine.”

The Elis are currently batting .279 as a team and have a 2.59 ERA. Despite the team’s recent struggle to put runs on the board, the Bulldogs still have four players hitting above .300. Outfielder Jennifer Ong ’13 leads the team in batting at .400 and is followed by second baseman Katie Yanagisawa ’11 (.353), outfielder Tori Balta ’14 (.345) and third baseman Christy Nelson ’13 (.316).

Army enters the matchup coming off a doubleheader sweep of Siena and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay last Saturday at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Black Knights started their season by going 4–6 over their first 10 games and had a five-game losing streak going into the Rebel Games. However, Army snapped that skid in its first game in Florida with a 10–3 win over Rider and went on to go 6–2 during its stay at the Rebel Games.

The Black Knights are currently batting .264 and have a 2.85 ERA. Army is led by freshman Amanda Nguyen, who has a .410 batting average. Freshman April Lorenzo and sophomore Alex Reynolds have also been solid at the plate for the Black Knights and are hitting .306 and .300, respectively.

The Bulldogs split last year’s doubleheader with Army. Though Yale took the first game, 4–1, the Black Knights rebounded in the nightcap with a 7–2 win. It was the first time Army had defeated the Elis since 2004.

First pitch for the first game is slated for 1 p.m. at the Army Softball Complex in West Point, N.Y.

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