April 29, 2011

Yale Takes Two From Bears; 4-2 & 7-5

New Haven, CT- In the final weekend of softball, the Yale University softball team posted two wins, 4-2 and 7-5, over Brown on Friday afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. Sophomore Stephanie Thompson led the offense today going 5-for-7 with four doubles, two runs scored and one RBI, while junior Kate Strobel went 2-for-6 with two runs scored with five RBI and two homeruns.

GAME ONE

After three scoreless innings for both teams, the Bears finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when Strobel hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Thomson who doubled to left field.

But the Bulldogs roared back in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to take a three-run lead. A double by Tori Balta plated Yale's first two runs, and a single by Meg Johnson scored the third run for Yale. The Bulldogs fourth run crossed home on a wild pitch.

Kristie Chin earned the loss on the mound for Bruno to move to 10-12 on the year. In six innings of work, Chin gave up four runs on six hits, walked one and struck out seven. Yale's Chelsey Dunham improved to 11-12 on the year and allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings.

The Bears were only able to tally one run in the seventh when Avery Silverstein, who singled to right field, scored on an error.

GAME TWO

Yale's offense got rolling early as the Bulldogs posted three runs in the first and two in the second to take a 5-0 lead over the Bears.

In the first inning, Mariclaire Rebman blasted a homerun to left field to tally the first three runs of the ballgame, and in the second it was Katie Yanagisawa's double to left field to bring in the fourth run. Then, Rebman hit a sacrifice fly to center field to cross Yanagisawa to take the five-run lead over the Bears.

The Bears rallied with two outs in the third when Thompson doubled to left field and Strobel sent a homerun to left field to cut Brown's deficit to 5-2.

But the Bulldogs built its lead back up to five with two runs scored in the bottom of the sixth when Yanagisawa singled to right center to bring home Locarno, and Ong crossed home on a wild pitch.

The Bears were able to post three runs in the top of the seventh when Thompson doubled to center field to score Kelsey Williams and Strobel earned her second homerun to tally two runs. But the Bears ' effort fell short falling to Yale 7-5.

Chin pitched 5.1 innings for the Bears and gave up seven runs on 11 hits to receive the loss in the circle to move to 10-13. Maegan Sloggett pitched 0.2 innings and struck out one batter.