Bulldogs Rally To Edge Florida A&M 7-6

Madison Sack
Madison Sack

Sack Belts Three-Run Homer As Yale Erases 5-0 Deficit

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sophomore Madison Sack delivered the biggest hit of Yale's young season thus far. Sack belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Bulldogs came from five runs down to edge Florida A&M in their second game of the day at South Florida's Tournament.

Yale fell to Rutgers 11-3 earlier in the day.

The Bulldogs got contributions from a number of sources in the win over Florida A&M. They trailed 5-0 after four innings but started the comeback with a four-run fifth. Carlin Hagmaier was hit by a pitch to get things going. After Sack walked, Olivia Vinyard's bunt single loaded the bases. Lindsay Kuss followed with a two-run single to right-center that scored Sack and pinch-runner Sydney Ginsberg. Shelby Kennedy's sacrifice fly pulled Yale within two, and Laina Do capped the rally with an RBI single.

In the sixth, Giovy Webb walked and Camille Weisenbach reached on an error before Sack sent one well over the left-centerfield fence to put Yale in front.

"Our freshmen stepped up big in this game with some timely hits as well as defensive plays," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "Lindsay Kuss found a way to get her bat on the ball when we needed it most, and sophomore Madison Sack made some great adjustments between at bats to hit her bomb."

Freshman Mary Baumann pitched four innings of relief, striking out three to earn her first career victory.

"Mary has been fighting for a chance all week," Goodwin said. "She got out there and showed us what she is made of. She shut down FAMU's hitters and got us ground balls as we expected her to. It was inspiring to see her get the win for us."

Baumann had to work out of a jam in the seventh inning to preserve the win. With one out, Florida A&M's Amber Fullwood singled. She moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out before Baumann got pinch-hitter Tahli Snider to ground out to third to end the game.

"This is a gritty team who will never stop fighting, and we will draw from this comeback win all season I'm sure," Goodwin said.

In the first game of the day against Rutgers, Weisenbach and Francesca Casalino each had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Yale grabbed the lead in the first when Annie Tarte tripled and scored on Do's double.

Rutgers pitcher Shayla Sweeney, though, settled down, and the Scarlet Knights used a five-run third inning to seize control.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth when Allison Skinner singled home Weisenbach and Kennedy drew a bases loaded walk.

Yale plays twice on Saturday, taking on Saint Joseph's at 9:45 a.m. and Monmouth at noon.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity