Nelson Belts First Career Homer But Bulldogs Drop Pair At Stetson Classic

Nelson Belts First Career Homer But Bulldogs Drop Pair At Stetson Classic

Ong, Johnson, Kuretich All Have Two Hits On Day

DELAND, Fla. – The Yale softball team did a number of things well on the second day of the Stetson Classic. The Bulldogs hit their first home run of the season and played excellent defense, including throwing two runners out at the plate. In the end, though, two big innings by their opponents proved too much to overcome. UConn scored four times in the first inning and hung on for a 5-3 win, and Stetson scored four runs in the second inning en route to an 8-1 victory.

Against UConn, Meg Johnson had two hits and an RBI, and freshman Christy Nelson belted her first career home run. In addition, Liz Tutino knocked in a run, and Kayla Kuretich had two hits.

Mariclaire Rebman, who made the start in the circle for the Bulldogs, settled down nicely after the rough first inning. She yielded only four hits and one run over the next four innings before being relieved by Kuretich, who tossed a scoreless sixth inning.

Yale got on the board in the third with a two-out rally. Ashley Sloan started it with a bunt single. After Jennifer Ong reached on an error, Johnson delivered a clutch, RBI single.

Leftfielder Virginia Waldrop helped thwart a UConn rally in the bottom of the third when she threw out Justyne Roy at the plate trying to score from second on Jessica Arremony’s single. Catcher Lexi Peacock handled Waldrop’s throw and applied the tag.

Trailing 5-1, the Bulldogs got one back in the sixth. Johnson led off with a double and scored when Tutino singled to right.

Nelson pulled Yale within 5-3 when she led off the seventh inning with a long homer to left field.

Tricia Sullivan pitched all seven innings for UConn, scattering seven hits and striking out six.

After beating Stetson later in the day, the Huskies are 6-9 overall.

Freshman Jackie Manzer drew the start in Yale’s second game of the day against Stetson. She went four innings and allowed only one earned run. Manzer benefitted from some fine defense in the first inning when leftfielder Allie Canulli threw out Chelsey Tratto trying to score from second on Katie Lawrence’s single. This time it was catcher McKynlee Westman who took the throw, blocked the plate and applied the tag.

The Bulldogs (0-4) scored their run in the third. Westman singled and moved to second on Chelsey Locarno’s sacrifice bunt. Ong followed with a sharp single to right that scored Westman.

Yale had opportunities to get back in the game but left seven runners on base in the game.

Trotto knocked in four runs and Jill Semento and Amanda Lindsey homered for the Hatters (14-11).

Yale and Stetson will meet again in a single game on Monday at 5 p.m.

Photo of McKynlee Westman by Ken Yanagisawa

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity