Canulli’s Homer Not Enough As Yale Drops Doubleheader To Cornell

Meg Johnson  (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
Meg Johnson (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

McKynlee Westman Adds Two-Run Double In Second Game

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – The Yale softball team did a number of things right in Saturday’s first game with Cornell. The Bulldogs got excellent pitching from Holly Gutterud and Jackie Manzer, who limited the Big Red’s high-powered offense to six hits. The pitchers also benefitted from some outstanding defense. Unfortunately, Cornell pitcher Elizabeth Dalrymple was just too good. She tossed a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts to lead the Big Red to a 3-0 victory. Cornell completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-3 win in the second game, despite a home run from Yale’s Allie Canulli.

Dalrymple was magnificent in the opener. She retired the first 10 Yale batters before allowing back-to-back singles to Katie Yanagisawa and Meg Johnson in the fourth. The Bulldogs only other hit was a single by Mariclaire Rebman in the fifth.

Gutterud wasn’t quite as dominant but she was equally effective early on. Cornell had two runners reach base in each of the first two innings but couldn’t score. A terrific shoe-string catch by Canulli in left field helped keep the Big Red off the board in the second.

Cornell (19-8, 5-1 Ivy) finally broke through in the third on Kristen Towne’s two-out RBI single. A fine play at shortstop by Johnson prevented further damage.

In the fourth, it was third baseman Christy Nelson who made an outstanding play. She snared a hard line drive by Ali Tomlinson leading off the inning.

The Big Red, the defending Ivy League champions, got two insurance runs in the fifth.

Gutterud scattered six hits in the circle for the Bulldogs. Manzer then pitched three hitless innings in relief.

Yale’s bats came alive in the second game as the Bulldogs banged out 12 hits. Yanagisawa was 3-for-4, while Canulli and Kayla Kuretich both added two hits. Nelson, Johnson, Ashley Sloan, Jennifer Ong and McKynlee Westman also had hits.

Trailing 3-0, Canulli got Yale on the board in the fourth when she homered over the right-centerfield fence.

Cornell, though, scored two times in both the fifth and sixth innings to regain control.

The Bulldogs (6-17, 2-4 Ivy) got two back in the bottom of the sixth on Westman’s two-run double to right field that scored pinch-runner Chelsey Locarno and Canulli.

Yale is back in action on Sunday, playing a doubleheader against Princeton. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity