Bulldogs Win First Game 4-1; Drop Game 2 7-2
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – One of the things missing for the Yale softball team early in the season has been the key hit. Allie Canulli helped change that Saturday against Army. Canulli’s two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Bulldogs to a 4-1 victory over the Black Knights in the first game of a doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Army rebounded to win the second game 7-2.
Canulli finished 2-for-3 in the opener. Ashley Sloan, Jennifer Ong, Christy Nelson and Mariclaire Rebman also had hits for Yale. Holly Gutterud pitched a complete game to earn the victory in the circle.
Yale, which was playing at home for the first time this season, executed a double steal to grab a 1-0 in the first inning. With runners on first and third, Nelson broke for second. When the throw went through to second, Sloan headed home and slid in ahead of the return throw.
Army tied it in third on Clara Navarro’s RBI single, but the Bulldogs regained the lead in the fourth. Lauren Huddleston and Kelsey Warkentine walked to start the rally. With two outs, Rebman singled to load the bases. Canulli followed with her clutch hit to center field.
Yale added an insurance run in the sixth. Nelson doubled to the base of the wall in center and later scored on an error.
Gutterud handled the potent Army lineup with relative ease. She struck out six and allowed only four hits. She also benefitted from some excellent defense. Shortstop Meg Johnson made a terrific leaping catch to snare Navarro’s line drive in the fifth.
The Bulldogs (4-10) outhit Army 11-8 in the second game but committed six errors, which led to four unearned runs.
Sloan had three hits, including a double to pace Yale. Johnson and Rebman both added two hits.
Army (10-8) scored three times in the first inning and added two runs in the third and sixth innings.
The Bulldogs scored their two runs in the seventh. Rebman and Canulli opened the inning with back-to-back singles. McKynlee Westman followed with an RBI double. Sloan capped the scoring with a single to center that scored Canulli.
Jackie Manzer started in the circle for Yale and struck out four. Kayla Kuretich pitched the last five innings and did not allow an earned run.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at Fairfield. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity