March 23, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Providence College softball team swept Yale in a non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon at the Dewitt Family Field in New Haven, Conn. The Friars took the first game, 8-0 (6 innings), and posted a 4-3 (9 innings) triumph in the second game.
In game one, senior Alicia Grosso (Baldwin, N.Y.) pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Friars to an 8-0 win in five innings. Grosso allowed just one hit and struck out two batters to earn her third win of the season. Providence scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double by sophomore Kaitlyn Duval (Shrewsbury, Mass.). PC extended its lead to 5-0 in the third inning on RBIs by freshmen Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) and Juliana Thibodeau(Cohoes, N.Y.). The Friars capped off the win with three more runs in the six inning.
Duval finished with three hits and two RBIs to lead the offensive charge for the Friars. Thibodeau had two hits and one RBI, while seniors Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.) and Michelle Huber(Dana Point, Calif.) each scored twice.
In game two, the Friars scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to earn a 4-3 win. Providence (7-16) jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead, including a solo home run by Abrams. The lead increased to a 3-0 in the fifth inning on a fielder's choice by freshman Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.). Yale (5-9) rallied with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 3-3. Jennifer Ong's single in the seventh inning drove in the tying-run and force extra innings.
In the ninth inning, Harrell led off with a single and eventually came around to score the winning run on an error. Grosso held off the Bulldogs in the bottom half of the ninth inning as she retired the side in order. Abrams and Harrell each finished with three hits, one run and one RBI.
The Friars are back in action at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 when they face Fairfield in the home opener at Raymond Field.
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