Kennedy, Do Each Have Two Hits For Yale
The Bulldogs' final game at Auburn's Tiger Invitational turned into a pitcher's duel. Yale's Lindsay Efflandt and Francesca Casalino limited North Dakota to three hits and two runs. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, UND's Kaylin Van Domelen was just a bit better. She tossed a complete game four hitter with nine strikeouts as UND edged Yale 2-1.
Yale (0-4) struck first in the first inning when Do's double down the left-field line scored Terra Jerpbak, who had walked. Allison Skinner, who also had drawn a walk, tried to score on the play as well but was thrown out at the plate.
North Dakota (7-8) scored both its runs in the third. Van Domelen started the rally with a single and Taylor Nadler and Dani Romero followed with back-to-back RBI doubles.
Yale loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning, but Van Domelen got out of the jam with a strikeout.
Do led off the sixth with a single, but she was left stranded, and Van Domelen retired the Bulldogs in order in the seventh.
Efflandt started in circle for Yale and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing three hits. Casalino was dominant from there. She went 3.1 innings, didn't allow a hit and struck out six.
"Our pitchers kept us in the game," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "Lindsay was very effective and Fran came on in relief and really shut down North Dakota's offense. Laina and Shelby sparked the offense, but we couldn't push another run across the plate."
The experience at Auburn should benefit the Bulldogs moving forward. Each of Yale's four opponents were in their second or third week of play and two – Auburn and James Madison – were nationally ranked.
The Bulldogs don't play again until Mar. 10 when they begin their spring break trip to Clearwater, Florida.
"We have extremely high standards of each and every player," Goodwin said. "With the talent we have on the team this year, it's a matter of finding the momentum and keeping it. I can't wait to get to work this week and begin our preparations for the next phase of the season."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity