Ashley Sloan Extends Her Hitting Streak To Six Games
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Fast starts helped the Providence softball team to a pair of wins over Yale on Wednesday on a gorgeous afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. The Friars led 6-0 after two innings in the first game en route to a 6-2 victory and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning of the second game on their way to a 9-1 victory. Ashley Sloan had hits in both games to extend her hitting streak to six for the Bulldogs.
In the first game, the Friars sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the first inning. The big hit was a two-run single by Teresa Bertels. Yale avoided further damage by turning a nifty double play to end the inning. With the bases loaded, Katelyn Revens hit a grounder back to Jackie Manzer, Yale’s pitcher. She threw it home for the first out, and McKynlee Westman fired it on to third to record a second out.
Justine Stratton homered to give the Friars a 6-0 lead in the second.
The Bulldogs then got two back in the bottom of the second. Kelsey Warkentine and Liz Tutino walked to start the rally. Both runners advanced on a ground out and scored when Westman doubled just inside the right field foul line.
Manzer settled down nicely in the circle for Yale from there, allowing only one hit over the next three innings. Holly Gutterud pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
The Bulldogs had a couple of chances to get back in the game. Christy Nelson walked and eventually reached third in the third but was left stranded. In the sixth, Tutino singled and Westman walked, but Providence pitcher Alicia Grosso got out of the jam.
Grosso pitched all seven innings and worked around six walks.
Yale was limited to three hits in the second game. Sloan singled twice, and Gutterud added an RBI single.
Providence (10-16) got two runs in the first inning and then broke it open by scoring three times in the fourth and sixth innings.
The Bulldogs (6-15) tallied their run in the fourth. Meg Johnson walked. She was erased on Nelson’s fielder’s choice. Nelson moved to second on a ground out and scored on Gutterud’s sharp single to right.
Danielle Bertolette started and went five innings in the circle for the Friars. She struck out three and walked two.
Yale returns to Ivy League play with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend. The Bulldogs host Cornell on Friday at 2 p.m. and Princeton on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Photo of Christy Nelson scoring by Ken Yanagisawa
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity