Saint Joseph's Edges Yale 1-0, Monmouth Wins 5-4
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Yale got two well pitched games on Saturday but came up on the wrong end of a pair one-run decisions. In the first game, Terra Jerpbak tossed a six-hitter for the Bulldogs, but Saint Joseph's manufactured a run in the first inning and made it hold up in a 1-0 victory. In the second game, one mistake doomed Yale. Rachel Shotzbarger belted a grand slam in the sixth inning as Monmouth rallied for a 5-4 win.
Jerpbak was outstanding in the opener, striking out four, while keeping a potent Saint Joseph offense in check.
The only blemish came in the first inning. Amanda Kulp beat out a slow ground ball to short for an infield single, stole second and third and scored on Abigail Stroud's double.
From there, Jerpbak was dominant. She allowed only two runners to reach second base the rest of the way.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Saint Joseph starting pitcher Ashley Ventura was equally impressive. She yielded only three hits and struck out nine in tossing the complete game shutout.
In the fourth, Giovy Webb doubled with two out, but Ventura retired the next hitter.
Kuss's infield single in the fifth was the Bulldogs' last hit. Ventura retired the final seven hitters she faced.
Yale generated much more offense in the second game, outhitting Monmouth 11-5. The Bulldogs, though, left eight runners on base and had another thrown out trying to steal.
Still, Yale grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second. Francesca Casalino doubled to start the rally. After two outs, Rachel Paris was hit by a pitch and Kuss, Kennedy and Annie Tarte each followed with RBI singles.
Casalino also got the Bulldogs going in the third when she singled and later scored on a Paris single.
Monmouth started its comeback with a run in the fourth before Shotzbarger belted her game-changing homer in the sixth.
Casalino started in the circle and allowed only two earned runs in five innings. She was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Kennedy had three hits as well, while Tarte was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Camille Weisenbach also had a hit for the Bulldogs.
Yale concludes its stay in Clearwater on Sunday, playing Colgate at 9 a.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity