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Freshmen Spark Bulldogs In Doubleheader Split With Sacred Heart

Olivia Vinyard (Jeffrey Teems photo)
Olivia Vinyard (Jeffrey Teems photo)

Vinyard Knocks In Winning Run In Eighth Inning Of Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With temperatures in the mid 40s and a stiff breeze blowing, it felt more like mid-March at DeWitt Family Field on Wednesday. The reality is Yale is approaching the final two weeks of the regular season, so what better time for the freshmen to show off their development. Olivia Vinyard's two-out single to right field scored Annie Tarte with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Bulldogs edged Sacred Heart 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. That made a winner of Mary Baumann, who pitched four innings of two-hit relief. Throw in three sacrifice bunts from Lindsay Kuss and a pair of quality at bats from Giovy Webb in the second game, and it was a very productive day for the Class of 2020.

Sacred Heart did rally to win the second game 7-3. The game was halted after five innings because of darkness but was official.

Tarte started the winning rally in the eighth inning of the first game with a single to center. She then moved to second on Camille Weisenbach's sacrifice bunt. After the second out, Vinyard came through with her big hit, setting off a Yale celebration.

Vinyard finished 2-for-4 and also scored a run. Francesca Casalino had a pair of hits as well.

After Sacred Heart scored first in the top of the first, the Bulldogs quickly tied it when Laina Do's sacrifice fly scored Shelby Kennedy in the bottom of the inning.

Yale took the lead on Casalino's RBI single in the fifth, but the Pioneers tied it with a run in the seventh, forcing the extra innings.

Lindsay Efflandt pitched the first four innings and yielded only one run.

The lengthy first game and the cloudy, rainy conditions made it clear that darkness would be a factor in the second game.

The score was tied at 3-3 after three innings, but Sacred Heart scored four times in the fourth. The big hit was a two-run home run from Lindsey Spitz.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fifth but were victimized by a questionable call. Kuss hit a ball that appeared to deflect off her foot. Instead, Pioneer catcher Chloe Weeks corralled it, stepped on the plate and threw to first to complete what was a game-ending double play.

Weisenbach paced the Yale offense with two hits, including a long RBI double in a two-run third inning.

The Bulldogs return to Ivy League play this weekend, hosting back-to-back doubleheaders with Dartmouth on Saturday and Sunday. The first pitch on both days is slated for 12:30 p.m. Saturday is Alumni Day at DeWitt.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity