Bulldogs Knock Off Southern Connecticut For New Haven Bragging Rights
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team capped a successful fall season by winning the New Haven City Series on Saturday. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat New Haven 4-3 and then beat Southern Connecticut 12-6 in the championship game.
"It is great to have the City Series back up and running," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "It gives us a chance to compete for something meaningful right away. We always play for pride, but on Saturday we were able to compete as a team and everyone contributed on some level. That is something that makes me extremely proud and excited for the year ahead of us."
The opener was a thriller. Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, Allie Souza led off with a hit to left field and scored on Tori Balta's double. Brittany Labbadia then worked a walk after fouling off a number of tough pitches with two strikes. Balta and Labbadia executed a double steal with Balta scoring the tying run. Sarah Onorato's then singled, driving home Labbadia with the winning run.
In the championship game against Southern, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning en route to the victory. Freshman Lindsay Efflandt pitched a complete game.
Yale had a number of fine defensive plays in the two games, most notably from Laina Do at second base, Camille Weisenbach at first, Balta in center and Hannah Brennan at third. In addition, Onorato threw out a couple of runners trying to steal.
Goodwin was pleased with how her team has progressed over the last few weeks.
"The fall is a fun and exciting time of year where we all get to start fresh with a clean slate," she said. "I really tend to focus on the fundamental in the fall where we teach the freshmen our system and let them understand the expectations. With such a big freshman class, and the great leadership we have returning from last year, it has been a seamless fall for us."
Yale will open the spring season on Friday, Feb. 21 at Norfolk State's Tournament.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity