Bulldogs Earn Doubleheader Split With 14-6 Win In Second Game
The biggest inning of the season came at a very opportune time for the Yale softball team. The Bulldogs erupted for 10 runs in the second inning en route to a 14-6, 5-inning victory over Harvard to earn a split of a key Ivy League doubleheader.
Yale came to bat for the second time in the second game trailing 3-0 after dropping the first game 11-1. Fourteen batters, eight hits and 10 runs later, the Bulldogs were feeling much better about themselves and more importantly were on their way to a very important victory.
Yale is 5-5 in Ivy play and sits two games behind first-place Dartmouth in the North Division. The Big Green swept a doubleheader from Brown on Saturday.
The big hit of the second inning was a grand slam from sophomore catcher Madison Sack. It was the first of two home runs in the game for Sack, who leads the team with six on the season.
There were a number of contributors, though, in the big second inning, which started with a harmless ground ball back to the pitcher from Sack which was the first out. From there, Yale's bats got hot in a hurry. Rachel Paris tripled, Lindsay Kuss reached on a fielder's choice that scored Paris. Sydney Ginsberg singled and Carlin Hagmaier walked to load the bases. Shelby Kennedy, Laina Do, Francesca Casalino and Allison Skinner all followed with RBI singles. After a pitching change, Sack came to the plate for the second time in the inning and promptly cleared the bases with her grand slam.
The Bulldogs, though, weren't quite finished. Paris walked, moved to second on Kuss's ground out and scored on Ginsberg's single. That gave Yale a 10-3 lead.
Harvard got two back in the bottom of the second, but Yale answered with back-to-back doubles from Do and Casalino to plate a run in the third.
The Crimson pulled to within 11-6 with a run in the bottom of the third, but the Bulldogs sealed the victory with a three-run fifth. Kennedy scored the first run on a passed ball, and Sack capped the rally with her second home run of the game, this one a two-run blast that also scored Skinner, who had singled.
Terra Jerpbak pitched all five innings to earn her fourth win of the season.
The Bulldogs banged out 13 hits in the game. The 14 runs are the most Yale has scored in a game in Jen Goodwin's tenure as head coach and come three days after a 12-11 victory over Quinnipiac.
Kennedy, Do, Casalino, Skinner, Sack and Ginsberg all had two hits. Sack knocked in six runs. Casalino had a pair of RBIs.
In the first game, Harvard grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the second. Yale tied it in the third when Do singled home Kuss, but the Crimson scored single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth and then had an eight-run fifth to end the game.
The Bulldogs were limited to five hits. Skinner was 2-for-2, while Do, Ginsberg and Kuss all added singles.
The same two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity