Yale Outhits Stags 6-2 But Strands 11 Baserunners
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Yale softball team had a number of good scoring chances Saturday against Fairfield. The Bulldogs had baserunners in all but one inning, but none were able to cross home plate. As a result Yale suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Stags on the second day of the Stony Brook Invitational at University Field.
Freshman Jackie Manzer pitched very well for the Bulldogs (0-8). She allowed only two hits and struck out five.
Fairfield (8-10) scored the only run of the game in the second inning on Jessica Stands’s RBI single.
Ashley Sloan and Meg Johnson both had two hits for Yale. Liz Tutino and Christy Nelson also singled.
Kelli Panter went the first six innings in the circle to earn the victory for the Stags. She allowed four hits and struck out six.
Yale’s best scoring opportunity came in the fourth when Johnson and Nelson opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Mariclaire Rebman followed with a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Holly Gutterud walked to load the bases, but Panter retired the next hitter.
The Bulldogs also loaded the bases in the seventh. Lexi Peacock walked and Sloan followed with a single. Lauren Huddleston then put down a successful sacrifice bunt. Johnson’s infield single loaded the bases, but relief pitcher Sarah Minice got the next two outs to preserve the victory.
Yale left 11 runners on base in the game.
The Bulldogs conclude their stay in Stony Brook on Sunday. They play Holy Cross at 10 a.m. and Quinnipiac at noon.
Meg Johnson photo by Ken Yanagisawa
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity