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Bats Come Alive In Doubleheader Sweep Of Columbia

Rachel Paris slides home safely (Jeffrey Teems photo)
Rachel Paris slides home safely (Jeffrey Teems photo)

Casalno Shines At Plate And In Circle

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale took it to one of the hottest teams in the Ivy League on Saturday at Dewitt Family Field. The Bulldogs banged out 20 hits and scored 19 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Columbia, who had won five of its first six league games. Francesca Casalino had three hits and pitched a complete game to lead Yale to a 7-2 win in the first game. The Bulldogs then scored 11 runs in the first two innings of the second game en route to an easy 12-2 victory.

"Our bats came alive this weekend, and when our team hits the way we know we are able to, we can play with anyone," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "I could feel it brewing yesterday. To see us string them together and come through in clutch moments today was satisfying."

The Bulldogs had 18 hits in Friday's doubleheader against Penn.

In the opener, Casalino struck out nine and yielded only five hits in earning her third win of the season. At the plate, she was 3-for-4, scored a run and knocked in a run. Laina Do and Allison Skinner each added two hits and two RBI.

The Bulldogs (4-4 in Ivy play) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first when Casalino singled home Shelby Kennedy, and Madison Sack plated Casalino with a sacrifice fly.

Yale then broke it open with a five-run fourth inning. The big hits were two-run singles from Do and Skinner.

Columbia scored twice in the fifth, but Casalino retired the final seven hitters she faced to comfortably secure the win.

The Bulldogs outhit the Lions 9-5.

The second game was more of the same. Yale managed 11 hits, all singles, but all important. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the first and six in the second to seize control.

Kennedy, Camille Weisenbach, Sydney Ginsberg and Lindsay Kuss all had two RBI. Rachel Paris was 2-for-2, scored twice and knocked in a run, Skinner was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Casalino went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Bulldogs also got another very well pitched game. Terra Jerpbak went all five innings, allowed five hits and struck out two.

"I was proud of Fran [Casalino] and Terra today," Goodwin said. "They spotted the ball well and our defense played solid behind them."

Goodwin was also pleased with how her team bounced back after dropping two to Penn to start the weekend.

"This is a resilient group," she said. "These wins were huge for us as we head into divisional play."

Yale takes a break from Ivy League play to host a doubleheader against Quinnipiac on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity