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Bulldogs Drop Pair At Tiger Invitational

Laina Do (Rocco Labbadia photo)
Laina Do (Rocco Labbadia photo)

Fall To No. 2 Auburn, Lose Heartbreaker To UMass-Lowell

Yale's second day at Auburn's Tiger Invitational ended in heartbreaking fashion. UMass Lowell scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to knock off the Bulldogs 4-3.

Yale lost its first game of the day 9-0 to second-ranked Auburn.

Laina Do's single scored pinch-runner Lindsay Kuss in the top of the eighth inning to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead over UMass Lowell.

Sydney Barker, though, belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to win it for the River Hawks (3-5).

Yale had overcome an early 2-0 deficit by scoring twice in the fourth inning. Terra Jerpbak started the tying rally with an infield single. After Giovy Webb was hit by a pitch, Camille Weisenbach doubled down the left field line to score Jerpbak. Rachel Paris then knocked home Webb with a sacrifice fly.

UMass Lowell nearly won it in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Sydney Ginsberg made a terrific throw to the plate from centerfield to cut down a runner trying to score on a single.

Weisenbach was 2-for-4 to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Shelby Kennedy and Ginsberg also had hits for Yale (0-3).

Jerpback started in the circle and pitched seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs, while striking out three.

In their first game of the day, the Bulldogs were held without a hit, although Jerpbak hit a hard chopper that Auburn first baseman Jenna Abbot couldn't handle. It was originally scored a hit but later changed to an error.

Auburn scored six runs in the third inning to seize control.

One of the highlights for the Bulldogs came when Weisenbach threw out Auburn's Victoria Draper trying to steal. It was only the third time in Draper's career she had been caught stealing.

"I love the intensity the team brought to the field today," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "We had some great at bats against Auburn and forced some mistakes, and our defense was solid.

"In the second game we saw the fight our team has with the comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Terra pitched very well. We squandered some opportunities leaving runners in scoring position.

"A lot of positive things to build off of. Tomorrow is a new day."

The Bulldogs play their final game of the tournament on Sunday against North Dakota. First pitch is slated for 11:30 a.m. EST.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity