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Pitcher’s Duel Goes To Columbia 3-0

Kortney Ponce (Jeffrey Teems photo)
Kortney Ponce (Jeffrey Teems photo)

Vinyard, Ponce With Hits For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale and Columbia hooked up in another pitcher's duel in the third and final game of a rain-interrupted, three-game series on Tuesday afternoon at 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium. This time it was Columbia's Alexa Pinarski who came out on top. Pinarski tossed a complete-game two-hitter as the Lions edged the Bulldogs 3-0.

Columbia, which moved into a first-place tie with Harvard in the Ivy League with the victory, took two out of three in the series.

Yale's Miranda Papes matched Pinarski for much of the game. The Lions finally broke through in the fourth when pinch runner Krystin Wong scored on a passed ball.

Columbia added two more runs in the fifth.

Papes pitched the first five innings for the Bulldogs, struck out a season-high five and did not allow an earned run. Terra Jerpbak tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Pinarski didn't allow a hit until Olivia Vinyard's solid single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Kortney Ponce added a single to right field in the seventh inning.

Pinarski issued three walks and had two strikeouts.

The Bulldogs (9-9 Ivy) return to action on Saturday when they start a three-game series at Harvard. The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. The first pitch on both days is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity