Bulldogs Seek First Win In Poughkeepsie Since 2004
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team heads to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a non-league doubleheader with Marist on Wednesday. The action at The Softball Park at Gartland Field gets under way at 2:30 p.m. Yale, which has yet to play a home game, picked up its first two wins of the season on Sunday at the Stony Brook Invitational, topping Holy Cross 5-1 and Quinnipiac 4-2.
The Bulldogs (2-8) got outstanding pitching in their five games on Long Island, holding their opponents to just a .176 batting average. Kayla Kuretich tossed 15.2 innings, allowed only six hits and two earned runs, while striking out 23. In addition, freshman Jackie Manzer notched her first career save by pitching two perfect innings in the win over Quinnipiac.
Offensively, Ashley Sloan, who batted .412 (7-for-17) at the Stony Brook Invitational, has a five-game hitting streak. Meg Johnson had perhaps the biggest hit of the tournament, a two-run double that got the Bulldogs off and running in the first inning against Quinnipiac.
Marist (3-13) will be playing its home opener. The Red Foxes are just back from a week in Florida where they competed in the Rebel Games in Kissimmee. Yale is the third Ivy League opponent for Marist, which dropped a 4-3 decision to Columbia and edged Brown 9-6.
Kate Malloy leads the team with a .356 average. Nine of her 16 hits have been doubles. Freshman Danielle Koltz anchors a young pitching staff that boasts a 6.42 earned run average.
The Softball Park at Gartland Field has not been kind to the Bulldogs in recent years. Yale has been swept in each of its last three trips to Poughkeepsie. Last year in New Haven, the teams split a doubleheader.
Chelsea Janes photo by Ken Yanagisawa
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity