Bulldogs Drop First Game 3-1
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – History may not show it, but the Yale softball team will take some positive momentum into Friday’s Ivy League opener against Columbia. When yesterday’s heavy rain pushed the starting time for Wednesday’s game with Fairfield back to 4 p.m., the plan was to play only one game. But when the first game ended in a relatively brisk 1:53, the coaches decided to try and squeeze in a second game. That’s when Yale’s bats came alive. The Bulldogs banged out 16 hits in four innings and had a 9-3 lead. Unfortunately, all that offense took time and the game had to be called before it became official as darkness was descending on Alumni Field. As a result, none of the statistics count. Fairfield won the first game 3-1.
Yale (4-11) erupted for seven runs in the third inning of the second game. Meg Johnson hit a two-run homer and Christy Nelson added a three-run blast.
Johnson and Lauren Huddleston were both 3-for-3 when the game was stopped. Ashley Sloan and Lexi Peacock both added two hits.
While none of the numbers count, it still should give the Bulldogs some confidence heading into the opening Ivy weekend.
Yale outhit Fairfield 7-5 in the first game but left seven runners on base. Huddleston and Holly Gutterud both led the way with two hits apiece.
The Stags jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on Laura Carta’s RBI double. Kristina Lingo’s run-scoring double made it 2-0 in the third.
The Bulldogs pulled back within one in the fourth. Mariclaire Rebman led off with a single and moved to second on Johnson’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Gutterud singled to left, scoring Rebman.
Dani Griswold’s RBI triple gave the Stags a big insurance run in the bottom of the fourth.
Sarah Minice went the distance in the circle for Fairfield and struck out six.
Kayla Kuretich pitched four innings for the Bulldogs and struck out four. Her stretch of innings pitched without allowing an earned run ended at 18.
Yale opens Ivy League play with a doubleheader at Columbia on Friday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m. The Bulldogs then play at Penn on Saturday, also at 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity