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Strong Pitching Leads UTSA, UNLV Over Yale

Miranda Papes (Jeffrey Teems photo)
Miranda Papes (Jeffrey Teems photo)

Grobman With Three Hits On Day For Bulldogs

Yale ran into a pair of strong pitchers on the second day of the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational. Lizzy Fox pitched a four-hit shutout to lead UTSA to a 5-0 victory in the first game of the day, and UNLV's Janine Petmecky yielded only three hits in the second game, a 3-0 win for the Rebels.

The Bulldogs got strong performances from a pair of newcomers. Sydney Grobman had three hits on the day, while Kortney Ponce added two.

Petmecky was particularly impressive for UNLV. She struck out and yielded just one walk in improving her record to 5-1.

The Rebels have an 11-3 overall record after the win over Yale.

The Bulldogs' best scoring chance came in the second inning. Back-to-back singles by Grobman and Ponce had runners on first and second with one out, but Petmecky retired the next two hitters to end the threat.

First-year Miranda Papes pitched well in her first career start for Yale, allowing only three runs in 6.1 innings.

In the first game, UTSA scored three runs in the second inning to seize control.

The Bulldogs had a couple of opportunities against Fox. In the six, Olivia Vinyard led off with a double but was left stranded. In the seventh, Allison Skinner and Grobman singled, and Ponce reached on an error to load the bases, but Fox stiffened and retired three straight hitters to end the game.

Fox improved her record on the season to 4-2. UTSA is 7-3 overall.

The Bulldogs wrap up play at the tournament with one game on Sunday vs. Syracuse at 9 a.m. CST.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity