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Casalino Homers Again; Bulldogs Edge Army To Earn Split

Annie Tarte (Steve Musco photo)
Annie Tarte (Steve Musco photo)

Jerpbak Earns Complete-Game Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Francesca Casalino sure is a fan of the upgrades at 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium. There have only been six games played in the renovated facility, and Casalino has homered in three of them. The latest was a two-run blast that helped Yale to a 4-3 victory over Army and a split of a non-league doubleheader.

The Bulldogs also got a strong start from Terra Jerpbak in the circle and a key defensive play from Shelby Kennedy to earn the victory.

Jerpbak tossed a complete-game, allowing just five hits and two earned runs while striking out four to notch her team-leading third win of the season.

She got big help in the top of the sixth from Kennedy, who threw out the tying run at the plate to end the inning.

Seven of Yale's nine batters had one hit in the game.

The Bulldogs jumped out in front in the first. Kennedy drew a walk to start, stole second and moved to third on Annie Tarte's sacrifice bunt. Casalino followed with a line drive that cleared the right-centerfield fence and gave Yale a 2-0 lead.

Army tied it with runs in the second and fourth, but Yale answered in the bottom of the fourth. Giovy Webb singled to left. Carlin Hagmaier followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt and then Phylicia Wilkov delivered a single to right that drove home Webb.

The Bulldogs played small ball to tack on a very important run in the fifth. The rally started with back-to-back bunt singles by Kennedy and Tarte. The two then executed a double steal to get to second and third, and Casalino delivered a sacrifice fly to left that scored Kennedy.

In the sixth, Army had runners on second and third with two out. Pinch hitter Madison Cole singled to left field scoring one run, but Kennedy fired a perfect strike to catcher Olivia Lee, who applied the tag to nail the runner trying to score from second.

With darkness setting in, Jerpbak retired the Black Knights in order in the seventh to finish off the win.

Army won the first game 3-1.

The Bulldogs were limited to three hits – singles by Kennedy, Casalino and Sydney Grobman.

Lee scored Yale's only run in the fifth on a wild pitch.

Yale was a scheduled to play a doubleheader with Wagner on Wednesday, but it has been postponed due to the impending snowstorm.

The Bulldogs are now scheduled to be back in action on Saturday when they play a doubleheader at Columbia. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity