Conway Pitches Yale Past First-Place Columbia On Senior Day

Nic Conway (Jeffrey Teems photo)
Nic Conway (Jeffrey Teems photo)

Lions Win First Game 4-2

Nic Conway continued her stellar first year in the circle. Conway limited Columbia's high-powered offense to five hits as Yale rallied for a 5-2 victory and a split of an Ivy League doubleheader on Senior Day at 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium.

The Lions took the first game 4-2 in eight innings.

Conway yielded a two-run home run to third batter she faced and then shut down Columbia the rest of the way, allowing only three hits over the next six innings, while striking out six.

The Bulldogs started their comeback in the fourth, scoring three runs. The big hit was a two-run double to the left-centerfield gap by Kortney Ponce that scored Terra Jerpbak and Carlin Hagmaier.

Yale added two more runs in the fifth on Annie Tarte's inside-the-park home run. With Shelby Kennedy on second, Tarte lined a ball toward left field. Columbia's Genny Soltesz raced in to try and make the catch but couldn't, and the ball rolled all the way to the fence. Tarte raced around the bases and slid home ahead of the relay throw.

It was Yale's second inside-the-park homer of the season. Kennedy had the first back in March.

Columbia threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but Conway got pinch hitter Hailey Wetherill to pop out to Ponce, who raced over from shortstop into foul territory to make the catch.

Olivia Vinyard was 2-for-3, and Maya Seifert also had a hit for the Bulldogs, who are 9-8 in Ivy play.

The first game was a pitcher's duel between Jerpbak and Columbia's Madison Canby.

Max Ortega's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Lions a 1-0 lead. Yale tied it in the fourth on a Jerpbak sacrifice fly that scored Tarte.

The Bulldogs' best chance to win came in the seventh. Seifert, pinch hitting, led off with a single. Kennedy then tried to sacrifice but was called out when the home plate umpire ruled her bunt attempt hit her foot outside the batter's box. That effectively ended the rally.

The Lions then broke through with three runs in the top of the eighth.

Yale threatened in the bottom of the eighth, pulling within two on Hagmaier's RBI double. The Bulldogs had the tying run on base, but Canby worked out of the jam to earn her seventh win of the season.

Hagmaier and Vinyard each had two hits for Yale.

Seniors Jerpbak, Kennedy, Hagmaier and Cristina Teems were honored prior to the first game. All four have made outstanding contributions to the Yale softball program both on and off the field over the last four years.

The teams will play the third game of the series on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at 5K Corral Field after Saturday's single game was postponed because of rain.

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