Softball takes on Yale in DH Saturday

Bulldog softball hosts Yale for a pair Saturday afternoon

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University softball team concludes its four-game homestand Saturday, March 24, as the Bulldogs welcome Yale University for a pair of games at the Bryant Softball Complex. Start time for Game 1 of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.

The Bulldogs (4-13) are in search of their first win at home this season and will try to avoid matching a season-high five-game losing streak, while Yale (5-9) will be looking to snap a three-game skid.

After playing the first 15 games away from Smithfield and spending the previous week in Florida for a pair of tournaments, Bryant faced off against the University of Connecticut and Boston University earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs nearly rallied to tie the game after falling behind, 4-0, but the visiting Huskies eventually prevailed by a 6-4 margin. The following day, Boston University amassed a season-high 19 hits en route to a 13-3 victory over the Bulldogs, although sophomore Lauren Guy (La Habra, Calif.) had one of her finest offensive showings wearing the Black and Gold, as the California native accounted for two out of the three Bryant hits – both solo home runs.

Bryant leads the all-time series by a 2-1 margin after sweeping a doubleheader against Yale last season in New Haven, Conn. The Bulldogs won Game 1 by a 6-1 margin before prevailing, 3-0, in the second tilt. Sophomore Aubrey Mable (Aurora, Colo.) and senior Lauren McCart (Voorhees, N.J.) notched doubles in the opener while Guy ripped a pair of two-baggers in the second game. Yale cruised to a 6-0 victory back during the 2009 season to account for the only other decision in the relatively young rivalry.

Offensively, Yale has been led by senior infielder Meg Johnson, who leads all regular players with a .304, 10 runs scored and 14 hits, while junior Jennifer Ong boasts the most power at the dish with a team-high nine RBI to compliment a .265 clip at the plate. Sophomore Tori Balta has appeared in every game for Yale and has hit .286 so far with six doubles and a team-high .429 slugging percentage.

The Yale pitching duties have been commanded by underclassmen, as sophomore Chelsea Dunham leads the pack with a 2.35 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched while striking out 26 and walking 13. Freshman Kylie Williamson has started three games while striking out 10 and walking six to combine for a 4.98 ERA. Sophomores Kristen Leung and Alex Lucas have also seen action in the circle for Yale this season.

The Yale Bulldogs enter Saturday's affair fresh off a pair of tough losses to Providence College, as the Friars swept a doubleheader on the road by a 12-3 combined margin. PC cruised to an 8-0, six-inning win in the opener before Yale rallied to tie the second game with a run in the bottom of the seventh before eventually bowing out, 4-3 after yielding a run in the ninth to lose in extra innings.

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