Yale Wins Second Game 10-0 After Dropping Opener 4-1
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Yale's hitters have struggled against Sacred Heart in recent meetings. That trend continued in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, but the Bulldogs broke out in a big way in the second game. After Nicole Sidor tossed a four-hitter to lead the Pioneers to a 4-1 win in the opener, Yale banged out 12 hits and cruised to a 10-0 victory in the nightcap.
Freshman Jennifer Ong had three hits in the two games, including a pair of doubles. Lexi Peacock went 2-for-3 in the first game, and Katie Yanagisawa, Ashley Sloan and Allie Canulli all had two hits in game two.
Yale (9-18) wasted little time getting on the board in the second game, scoring twice in the first inning. Yanagisawa led off with a single and moved to second on Sloan's sacrifice bunt. Ong then doubled home Yanagisawa, and Allie Canulli followed with an RBI single.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third. Sloan led off with a double over the right-fielder's head and scored when Nelson reached on an error. Ong then delivered another RBI double that made it 4-0.
Yale put it away with five runs in the fourth. McKynlee Westman started the rally by drawing a walk. Chelsey Locarno then put down a sacrifice bunt, and Westman beat the throw to second. Yanagisawa singled to load the bases, and Sloan followed with an RBI single to right. Nelson's RBI ground out made it 6-0, and Canulli added a two-run single. Holly Gutterud's single that scored Canulli capped the scoring.
The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the fifth. Virginia Waldrop led off with a single and was erased on Yangisawa's fielder's choice. Yanagisawa then stole second and scored on Nelson's double to the left-field fence.
Gutterud and Kayla Kuretich combined on a two-hit shutout for the Bulldogs.
In the first game, Sidor didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, a leadoff single to Peacock, who advanced to second on an error. Ong followed with an RBI single. Nelson also singled in the inning but was left stranded.
The Bulldogs got the tying run to the plate in the seventh. With one out, Kelsey Warkentine walked. After the second out, Peacock singled, but Sidor retired the next hitter to end the game.
Jackie Manzer started in the circle for Yale and had three strikeouts. Gutterud pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Sidor struck out eight for the Pioneers.
The Bulldogs return to Ivy League action this weekend, playing a four-game series at Dartmouth. Both Saturday and Sunday's doubleheaders begin at 12:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity