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Bulldogs Sweep Cornell In Ivy Openers

Annie Tarte
Annie Tarte

Yale Wins First Game In 11 Innings; Cruises To 7-1 Victory In Game 2

It took a little extra work, but Yale is off and running in Ivy League play. Allison Skinner's bunt single scored Laina Do in the 11th inning as the Bulldogs rallied for a 5-4 victory over Cornell in the first game of the Ivy opening doubleheader. Yale then completed the sweep with a 7-1 win as Skinner and Carlin Hagmaier each homered.

The Bulldogs trailed 4-2 after four innings of the first game but scored twice in the fifth to tie.

The teams then battled through five more scoreless innings before Yale finally broke through in the 11th. Do led off with a double and moved to third on Giovy Webb's sacrifice bunt. The Bulldogs then used more small ball to push across the go-ahead run when Skinner's perfectly placed bunt drove home Do.

Lindsay Efflandt, who was outstanding in relief in the circle, worked out of a jam in the bottom of the 11th to secure the victory. Efflandt struck out Bridgette Rooney looking with the tying run on third base to end the game.

Efflandt tossed 7.2 innings of scoreless relief, yielding only two hits and striking out eight.

"I was really proud of how Lindsay came in and shut down a very strong Cornell offense," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "She kept the game close and we eventually pulled it out."

The Bulldogs banged out 15 hits. Do and freshmen Annie Tarte each went 3-for-5, while Shelby Kennedy, Francesca Casalino and Madison Sack all added a pair of hits.

Trailing 1-0, Sack gave Yale a 2-1 lead when she belted a two-run home run to centerfield in the fourth.

"Madison's home run was clutch again," Goodwin said.

Cornell regained the lead by scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth, but Yale immediately answered, and Sack was again involved. Her single to centerfield scored Do to pull the Bulldogs within one, and Hagamaier tied it with a single up the middle that scored pinch-runner Olivia Vinyard.

Yale had the better scoring chances in the extra innings, leaving two runners on base in both the eighth and 10th before breaking through.

The second game was tight until the Bulldogs scored six runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-0 lead. The big blow was Skinner's grand slam to left field. Do and Sack also had run-scoring singles in the inning.

Hagmaier was 2-for-3, including a homer leading off the fourth inning that gave Yale a 1-0 lead.

Casalino was outstanding in the circle. She pitched all seven innings, allowed six hits and struck out six without issuing a walk.

"It was Fran's turn to put on a pitching show, and she certainly did," Goodwin said. "It took us a few times through the order, but we made adjustments and got the big hits. Carlin hit a bomb to left, Skinner had the grand slam and Laina again found her way on base."

The Bulldogs, who have won five of their last six games, have now swept a doubleheader from Cornell in each of the last two years.

After a long bus ride and later than expected arrival in New Jersey due to the length of the first game, Yale plays a doubleheader at Princeton on Sunday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.

"It's all starting to come together, but we aren't satisfied," Goodwin said. "We are taking it one day at a time and improving every day."

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