Yale’s softball team (24-14, 1-3 Ivy) swept Central Connecticut State (2-26) in a doubleheader on Wednesday, coming out on top 3-2 in the first game and 4-0 in the second. Playing at CCSU’s field in New Britain, the Bulldogs were able to find their stride after an early deficit in the first game and cruised through to win twice.
The Blue Devils posed a threat early in the first game, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Kristen Kropp scored off a single by Pam Shifrin. Deb Munson’s solo home run in the fourth put Central on the board again, up 2-0.
But the Bulldogs struck back in the fifth inning with a two-run home run from right fielder Kyli Hanson ’09, tying it up 2-2. Designated hitter Danielle Kozlowski ’09 then scored in the top of the seventh off a single from second basemen Christina Guerland ’07, and the team went on to shut out CCSU in the bottom of the seventh to take the first game, 3-2.
Yale pitcher Deanna DiBernardi ’09 allowed four hits and Peggy Hunt ’06 allowed only one in relief. Central’s Brittany Salvatore allowed five hits and Samantha Keltos allowed two. Keltos took the loss for Central.
The Elis said they were proud of their response to CCSU’s early threat.
“I think it was really great how we came from behind to tie the game up,” said Hunt, who earned the win. “It’s really important to be able to come through in the clutch, and we stayed in the game the whole time.”
The Bulldogs came off their exciting first game victory to face CCSU again, and this time, they were prepared. Guerland scored in the third off a sacrifice fly from third baseman Meredith Parks ’07, followed in the fourth by first baseman Megan Enyeart’s ’09 two-run single. Yale wrapped it up in the sixth inning with another run from Kozlowski.
Rebecca Wojciak ’09 took the win with a complete game, retiring 21 of the 24 batters she faced, while CCSU’s Keltos, who split the innings with pitcher Kate Warrington, took the loss for her team again.
The Bulldogs said the confidence from the first win was the difference between the two outings.
“Having the come back from behind win in the first game allowed us to go into the second with a lot of momentum,” shortstop Aracelis Torres ’08 said.
Team members also said an increased familiarity with their opponents made the second game easier.
“Rebecca pitched an awesome second game,” said Parks. “It was easier for us to string our hits together, we were looser, and we were having fun.”
Yale, which has played 34 of its first 38 games on the road, looks forward to coming home this weekend for doubleheaders against Dartmouth and Harvard. Players said the win against Central was a good sign for Ivy League play.
“In both games today, we did really well in hitting and in clutch positions,” Torres said. “This really gives us a lot to look forward to this weekend.”
The Bulldogs will host Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Harvard on Sunday at noon.