Kuretich Flirts With No-Hitter; Bulldogs Split With Marist
Yale Wins Second Game 3-0
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – In her two starts prior to Wednesday, Kayla Kuretich was dominating for the Yale softball team. She brought it to a higher level against Marist, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a one-out single as the Bulldogs blanked the Red Foxes 3-0 to earn a split of a non-league doubleheader. Marist won the first game 4-3.
Kuretich finished with a one-hitter. She struck out six and walked four in earning her second win of the season. Danielle Koltz spoiled the no-hit bid when she rolled a ground ball single through the left side of the infield.
Lauren Huddleston provided all the offense Kuretich would need by hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning.
Marist’s Caitlin Schell matched Kuretich through the first four innings. The Bulldogs, though, got to her in the fifth. Lexi Peacock was hit by a pitch to start the rally. With one out, Ashley Sloan singled to right. Sloan then stole second, and Huddleston followed with a homer to left, her first of the season.
Yale (3-9) finished with seven hits in the game. Huddleston was 3-for-4. Sloan, Meg Johnson, Holly Gutterud and Kelsey Warkentine also had hits.
The Red Foxes (4-14) had the tying run at the plate in the seventh. After Koltz’s single, Lindsay Durant walked, but the Bulldogs turned a nifty 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Yale trailed 3-2 entering the seventh inning of the first game, but Christy Nelson belted a home run to left field to tie the score.
Marist, though, scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded, Nicole DiVirgilio hit a slow roller just past the pitcher’s circle. Second baseman Jennifer Ong made a nice play to field it, but Ashley Corriss beat Ong’s throw home.
Both teams had eight hits in the game.
Nelson was 3-for-4 for the Bulldogs.
Trailing 1-0, Yale used a two-out rally to take the lead in the fourth. Gutterud started it with a single to left. Warkentine then worked a walk, and Marist pitcher Alanna Woody threw two wild pitches that allowed Gutterud and Warkentine to score.
Freshman Jackie Manzer pitched well for Yale. She went 6.1 innings and struck out five.
The Bulldogs play their home openers on Saturday, hosting Army in a doubleheader. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 1 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.
Photo of Lauren Huddleston by Ken Yanagisawa
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity