Yale Wins Completion Of Suspended Game In 14 Innings; First Game Of Doubleheader
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The last day of the season brought more drama for the Yale softball team. In fact, there were anxious moments right at the start on Senior Day. Yale and Brown resumed the second game of yesterday's doubleheader in Providence that had to be suspended because of darkness after 11 innings with the score tied at 1-1. The Bulldogs finally broke through in the 14th inning to escape with a 2-1 win. The two teams then split the regularly scheduled doubleheader in two games that weren't decided until the final at bat.
Yale won the first game 5-3 and Brown took the second 3-1.
The Bulldogs finish the year with 18 overall victories, their most since 2011, and nine Ivy League wins, the most since 2009.
Yale had a great chance to end the suspended game quickly, loading the bases with one out in the 12th inning, but couldn't push across a run.
Finally in the 14th, the Bulldogs broke the tie. Brittany Labbadia walked and Sydney Glover singled to start the rally. Allison Skinner followed with a sacrifice bunt. Camille Weisenbach then delivered a sacrifice fly to left that scored Labbadia.
Francesca Casalino set down the Bears in order in the bottom of the inning to cap a brilliant performance in the circle. She pitched all 14 innings, allowing seven hits and striking out eight.
In the first game of the regularly scheduled doubleheader, the Bulldogs overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring five times in the fifth. And they did it by playing small ball. Labbadia's squeeze bunt drove home the first run. Glover followed with a two-run single to left, and Skinner's bunt single drove home the fourth run. Labbadia capped the rally by scoring on Weisenbach's fielder's choice.
Lindsay Efflandt was outstanding in the circle. She allowed seven hits and two earned runs in seven innings.
There were some anxious moments in the seventh for Efflandt, though. The Bears scored a pair of runs and had the tying run at the plate, but she got Janet Leung to ground out to end the game.
Leung, though, exacted a bit of revenge in the second game. Her two-run double capped a three-run seventh inning for Brown (18-23, 7-13 Ivy).
Yale had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Labbadia singled and later scored on a passed ball.
The Bulldogs had a golden opportunity to add to the lead in the fifth. Singles by Allie Souza and Labbadia and a sacrifice bunt from pinch hitter Madison Sack had runners on second and third. Brown pitcher Leah Nakashima, though, retired the next two hitters.
Laina Do had three hits in the doubleheader for Yale.
Prior to the start of the suspended game, seniors Labbadia, Souza and Lauren Delgadillo were honored. The three were making their final appearance at Dewitt and were outstanding contributors to the Yale softball program both on and off the field.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity