Papes, Yale Blank Harvard 7-0

Miranda Papes (Don Clark photo)
Miranda Papes (Don Clark photo)

First Year Papes Tosses 3-Hit Shutout

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's best performance of the season came at a very opportune time. First year Miranda Papes tossed a three-hit shutout as the Bulldogs closed out the opening weekend of Ivy League play with a 7-0 victory over Harvard at 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium.

Papes, who earned her first career victory, was dominant as she struck out five and issued only one walk.

She got plenty of support from the offense, including herself. Papes was 3-for-4 at the plate and scored a run. Allison Skinner and Sydney Grobman each added two hits.

The Bulldogs (1-2 in Ivy play) scored at least one run in each of the first five innings.

Francesca Casalino got things started quickly when she doubled home Shelby Kennedy in the first.

Yale added two runs in the second. Giovy Webb and Papes started the rally with back-to-back singles. With one out, Webb scored on a wild pitch, and Papes later scored on Lindsay Kuss' sacrifice fly to right field.

Grobman's RBI single in the third made it 4-0, and Skinner's two-run triple to centerfield drove home Kennedy and pinch runner Sydney Ginsberg in the fourth.

Casalino drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to cap the scoring.

Papes retired the final seven Harvard batters she faced to complete the shutout.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday when they host Army in a doubleheader. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity