SOFTBALL | Elis hope to keep streak alive

The softball team is second in the North Division, one game behind first-place Harvard.
The softball team is second in the North Division, one game behind first-place Harvard. Photo by Brianne Bowen.

The softball team (13–15, 5–3 Ivy) will look to extend its six-game win streak this weekend when it takes on Dartmouth (11–14, 4–4) in two doubleheaders on Satuday and Sunday at home.

The Bulldogs are coming off a weekend in which they won three consecutive doubleheaders against Penn, Columbia and Rhode Island. The two Ivy League sweeps vaulted Yale up to a second-place tie with Brown in the North Division, just one game behind first-place Harvard.

Over the weekend, the Elis hit .361 as a team and outscored their opponents 47–28. Overall, the Bulldogs are batting .305 as a team, which ranks first in the Ivy League. Seven Elis are hitting above .300, led by right fielder Jennifer Ong ’13, who has a .350 batting average.

Other players have also been swinging hot bats, including second baseman Katie Yanagisawa ’11, who currently has a 16-game hitting streak. First baseman Mariclaire Rebman ’11 and third baseman Christy Nelson ’13 have both had hits in six consecutive games.

“I think if we just keep up what we’ve been doing the past six games we should be fine against Dartmouth,” Ong said.

Dartmouth is coming off a pair of weekend splits against Cornell and Princeton and currently sits in last place in the North Division.

The Big Green are currently hitting .278 as a team and have a 4.24 ERA. Dartmouth has also been strong at the plate and currently has four players hitting above .300 in its lineup. Evan Gray and Hillary Barker have started most games in the circle for the Big Green and have 3.85 and 4.41 ERAs, respectively.

Dartmouth also swept all four of the games against Yale last season. The Big Green won the first doubleheader of the series, 11–3 and 10–9, and then completed the sweep by defeating the Bulldogs, 7–3 and 11–3, the next day.

“I think that every single one of the people that was on the team last year can remember exactly what it felt like riding home on the bus after those games, and no way do we want to feel that again,” captain and catcher McKynlee Westman ’11 said. “We want to send that their way this year. We’re definitely going to use that as motivation to come out and take both this weekend.”

First pitch for both doubleheaders is slated for 12:30 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.

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