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Fast Start Not Enough for Bulldogs in Friday's Opener

Allison Skinner (Steve Musco photo)
Allison Skinner (Steve Musco photo)

Despite their best offensive output of the young season, the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2, walk-off decision to Kent State on Friday afternoon in Durham, N.C.

Bolstered by a three-hit game from sophomore Annie Tarte, Yale struck for two runs in the top of the first and led until the fifth.  Tarte led off the game with a single up the middle to spark a rally in the first.

Olivia Vinyard followed with a bunt single on the left side of the infield and moved Tarte to second.  Francesca Casalino's sac bunt moved Tarte and Vinyard up a base, and allowed Sydney Grobman, the next batter, to score Tarte on a ground out to short.

Madison Sack walked to load the bases, and two batters later, Allison Skinner drew a walk to score Vinyard. 

Kent State received a big day from Holly Speers, who went 2 for 2 with two walks.  Both of her hits were run-scoring doubles – one in the third and the game-winning run in the seventh.   

Kent State tied the game in the fifth with an unearned run. 

Terra Jerpbak started for the Bulldogs and went the distance.  In her best performance of the young season, Jerpbak (0-2) struck out six and allowed six hits over 6 and 1/3 innings. 

The Bulldogs (0-5) return to action later today to face Duke at 6:30 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity