Heartbreaking Doubleheader Loss For Bulldogs

Providence Walks Off With A Pair Of Victories

Game 2 Box Score

Ken Yanagisawa Photo Gallery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was a heartbreaking day for the Yale softball team. The Bulldogs took leads into the bottom of the seventh inning of both games against Providence only to see the Friars rally and win both ends of the doubleheader. Justine Stratton's third homer of the game, this one a grand slam, lifted PC to a wild 12-10 victory in the opener, and Michelle Huber's RBI single capped a two-run seventh-inning rally in the nightcap as Providence won 2-1.

Meg Johnson went 4-for-6 and scored three runs in the two games for Yale. Katie Yanagisawa had hits in both games to extend her hitting streak to 10 games, and McKynlee Westman knocked in four runs.

It didn't look like the Friars would need any late game heroics in the first game. Providence led 7-0 after five innings. The Bulldogs, though, responded with their biggest inning of the year. Yale sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the sixth. Westman singled in two runs and then later in the inning added a two-run double. Jennifer Ong and Mariclaire Rebman added two-run singles.

Yale just didn't have an answer for Stratton. She hit a solo homer in the sixth to bring the Friars within 10-8 and then ended the game with a blast to centerfield in the seventh. She now has five home runs on the season.

Tori Balta had a hit in the game for the Bulldogs, and Liz Tutino walked three times.

The second game was a pitcher's duel between Yale's Kristen Leung and PC's Alicia Grosso. Leung was outstanding, allowing only four hits. Grosso also yielded only four hits and struck out five.

The Bulldogs (7-15) grabbed the lead in the second inning. Johnson walked, moved to second on Christy Nelson's ground out, to third on Westman's ground out and then scored on a passed ball.

Yale threatened to increase the lead in the sixth when Ong led off with a double. She moved to third on a ground out but was left stranded.

That proved to be costly when Providence (15-20) rallied in the seventh. Jen Abrams' RBI double tied the score and Huber followed with the game-winning single.

Ong went 2-for-3 for Yale.

The Bulldogs will hope for better fortune when they host Penn in a doubleheader on Friday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity