Two Pitchers Duels Go Against Bulldogs
Yale Falls To Stony Brook 3-0 & Quinnipiac 2-1 In 9 Innings
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Kayla Kuretich pitched one of the best games of her career on Friday against Quinnipiac. Unfortunately for the Yale softball team, it didn’t lead to a victory. Kim Le Bel’s infield single scored Julia Sini in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bobcats edged Yale 2-1 on the opening day of the Stony Brook Invitational at University Field. In their first game of the day, the Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision to Stony Brook.
Kuretich was outstanding. She struck out a career-high 14 and allowed only two hits. Quinnipiac starter Emily Bellush was nearly as good, although her success came a little differently. She did not strike out a single batter but yielded only five hits.
Ashley Sloan, Christy Nelson, Liz Tutino, Holly Gutterud and Mariclaire Rebman had the Yale hits.
The Bulldogs (0-7) broke a scoreless tie by scoring in the top of the seventh inning. Tutino’s one-out single started the rally. Katie Yanagisawa pinch ran for Tutino and advanced to second on Gutterud’s ground out. A wild pitch moved Yanagisawa to third, and she scored on Rebman’s clutch two-out single to right center.
Kuretich retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the seventh before Bellush stepped to the plate and tied the game with a home run to centerfield.
A runner was placed on second in both extra innings, and it was the Bobcats (8-12) who took advantage in the ninth. Sini, a pinch runner, was sacrificed to third by Jessica Amenda. Kuretich retired the next hitter before Le Bel’s game-winning single.
Against Stony Brook, Vicki Kavitsky’s two-run double highlighted a three-run second inning to help the Seawolves (6-7)to victory. Colleen Matthes tossed the four-hit shutout. She struck out six and issued only one walk. Sloan and Meg Johnson both had two hits for the Bulldogs. Gutterud pitched well in defeat, yielding eight hits and striking out three.
The Bulldogs had a couple of good scoring opportunities. In the first inning, Sloan led off with a single and Lauren Huddleston was hit by a pitch. After Johnson’s sacrifice bunt, Nelson walked to load the bases. Matthes, though, struck out the next two hitters to get out of the jam.
Sloan also started a Yale rally in the third with a bunt single. Johnson then singled with one out, but Matthes again worked out of trouble. The Bulldogs had only one baserunner the rest of the way.
Yale continues play at the Stony Brook Invitational on Saturday, playing Fairfield at 2 p.m.
Photo of Kayla Kuretich by Ken Yanagisawa
Recap filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity