Bulldogs Score 13 Runs; Bang Out 16 Hits
On a very cold afternoon at Central Connecticut's softball stadium, it took a while for Yale's bats to heat up. Once they did, it was smooth sailing for the Bulldogs. Yale erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of the first game en route to a 7-5 victory and then completed the sweep of the Blue Devils with a 6-3 win in game two.
The Bulldogs combined for 16 hits in the two games.
"We challenged our team to come out aggressive at the plate and it paid off," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "After a lot of close games the last few weeks, it was very satisfying to go into the later innings with a lead and hang on to it."
The Bulldogs entered the fifth inning of the first game trailing 3-0 and looking for their first hit. Camille Weisenbach quickly delivered with a single to right field. Madison Sack followed with a single up the middle and Yale was off and running. Lindsay Kuss's two-run double got the Bulldogs on the board, and Laina Do's sacrifice fly tied the score at 3-3.
Francesca Casalino's RBI double put Yale in the lead for good, and Terra Jerpbak (single), Weisenbach (double) and Sack (single) added RBI hits. In all, 12 batters came to the plate and seven scored in the inning.
Jerpbak pitched a complete game and struck out 10 to earn the victory in the circle.
There were some anxious moments, though, in the seventh inning. Central Connecticut scored two runs and had the tying runs on base before Jerpbak got Emily Cronin to fly out to centerfield to end the game.
In the second game, the Bulldogs snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fourth inning. The big hits were a two-run homer from Allison Skinner and a three-run double from Casalino.
Yale managed nine hits in the game. Weisenbach was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, Casalino also had three hits, including the bases clearing double, and Shelby Kennedy added a hit and scored two runs.
"Offensively we had some breakout games by Fran and Camille, and to have Skinner hit her first home run of the year was awesome," Goodwin said. "Having the timely hits today is what really sealed the wins."
The Bulldogs also got excellent pitching. Casalino followed up Jerpbak's solid outing in the first game by pitching the first five innings of game two and striking out nine. Lindsay Efflandt came on in relief and recorded six outs to notch the save.
"The pitchers were ready today and showed what they are capable of. They each complement each other so well so to see it all come together for a sweep had to feel good to them specifically," Goodwin said.
Both pitchers also benefitted from some fine defense.
"Sydney Glover had some web gems in centerfield at opportune times," Goodwin said.
There has been a change to Yale's weekend schedule. The Bulldogs will now play a doubleheader at Rider on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Sunday's scheduled doubleheader at Wagner has been cancelled.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity