Yale Falls To Jacksonville In Nine Innings
Yale gave a pair of Florida schools all they could handle before falling twice in heartbreaking fashion. Jacksonville scored a run in the ninth inning to edge the Bulldogs 5-4 in the first game of the day, and South Florida rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 4-3 in game 2. Both games were at the USF Softball Complex in Tampa.
Yale and Jacksonville staged an epic battle early in the day. The score was tied 1-1 after seven innings before the Dolphins scored three times in the top of the eighth. The Bulldogs, though, answered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to prolong the game. The big hit in the inning was a two-run double from Terra Jerpbak. Giovy Webb also drew a bases-loaded walk that forced home a run.
Jacksonville then scored once in the top of the ninth and held the Bulldogs scoreless to win.
The Bulldogs scored first when Camille Weisenbach homered leading off the bottom of the second.
Jacksonville tied it on Allie McCourt's RBI single in the fifth.
Weisenbach and Shelby Kennedy each had two hits for Yale.
Francesca Casalino pitched the first eight innings for the Bulldogs and struck out 10.
Against South Florida, Jerpbak's two-run single in the sixth inning gave Yale a 3-2 lead.
The Bulls, though, rallied for two in the bottom of the seventh. The Bulldogs retired the first two USF hitters in the seventh, but the next four reached, capped by Lauren Evans' RBI single that won it.
Yale scored first in the third inning when Kennedy's bunt single scored Allison Skinner.
The Bulls took the lead with two runs in the fourth before the late-game heroics.
Jerpbak struck out five in 3.1 innings in the circle.
The Bulldogs are off on Thursday before playing Rutgers at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Florida A&M at 4 p.m. in Clearwater.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity