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Kennedy Has Big Day Vs. Penn

Shelby Kennedy
Shelby Kennedy

Tallied Five Hits But Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – More than a month into the season, Yale finally got to play in the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field for the first time. Shelby Kennedy sure made the most of the home cooking. Kennedy had five hits, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it wasn't enough to avoid a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Penn. The Quakers won the first game 4-1 and then came from behind to win the second game 8-6.

Yale, which had 18 hits in the two games, got home runs from Rachel Paris and Madison Sack.

The difference in the first game was one swing of the bat from Penn's Molly Oretsky. Her three-run home run in the fourth inning provided the winning margin.

Paris' long home run to left in the fifth pulled the Bulldogs within 3-1, but the Quakers added an insurance run in the seventh.

Singles by Paris and Kennedy brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Alexis Sargent worked out of the trouble to secure the win. Sargent tossed a complete game, allowing six hits while striking out four.

Yale's Francesca Casalino matched Sargent but was victimized by a bit of bad luck before Oretsky's homer in the fourth. A pop fly that would have been the third out fell in when a Yale infielder tripped moving under it.

Kennedy, Paris and Allison Skinner all had two hits for the Bulldogs.

In the second game, Kennedy was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI for Yale. Laina Do also had two hits and knocked in a run.

Both teams scored single runs in the first two innings, but the Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead in the third when Sack belted a two-run homer to centerfield.

Penn, though, answered with six runs in the third. The Quakers benefitted from three Yale errors in the inning.

The Bulldogs got two back in the bottom of the fourth. Sydney Ginsberg led off with an infield single. Lindsay Kuss followed with a shot back up the middle that deflected off Penn pitcher Courtney Cuzick's leg and right to Oretsky at third base. She fired to first to record the out. Despite that bad luck, Kennedy and Do followed with RBI singles to get Yale within 8-6.

Yale had a great opportunity for more in the sixth. Singles by Kuss and Do and a walk to Casalino loaded the bases with two out. Skinner then hit a long fly ball that looked destined for the left-centerfield gap, but Penn's Leah Allen raced over and tracked it down to end the rally.

The Bulldogs also threatened in the bottom of the seven. Back-to-back, two-out singles by Paris and pinch-hitter Sydney Glover put the tying runs on base, but Penn relief pitcher Mason Spichiger got the third out to end the game.

Yale outhit Penn 12-6, but left nine runners on base.

The Bulldogs are right back at Dewitt on Saturday, hosting Columbia in a pair of games. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.

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