Yale Bangs Out 19 Hits In Two Games
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Yale softball team banged out 19 hits in two games at the Rebel Games but had to settle for a split. Jennifer Ong had three hits, scored a run and knocked in a run to lead the Bulldogs to a 4-0 victory over Wagner in the opener. Yale then rallied from an early 4-0 deficit against Holy Cross but ended up dropping a 7-4 decision.
Against Wagner, the Bulldogs took the lead with a run in the third inning. Ong started the rally with a sharp double to left. Katie Yanagisawa followed with an infield single, and Mariclaire Rebmen plated Ong with a clutch, two-out single to left.
In the fourth, Yale added a pair of runs. Tori Balta led off with a single and moved to second on McKynlee Westman's sacrifice bunt. Meg Johnson then singled home Balta and later scored on Ong's single to left.
Yale capitalized on a Wagner error to score once and make it 4-0 in the seventh.
Pitchers Chelsey Dunham and Alex Lucas were outstanding. Dunham went the first five innings, struck out four and allowed only two hits. She was relieved in the sixth by Lucas, who tossed two scoreless innings to earn her first career save.
Yanagisawa, Rebman and Westman all had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Yale trailed by four before its first at bat against Holy Cross but didn't waste any time starting the comeback. Christy Nelson belted her second home run of the season with two out in bottom of the first.
The Bulldogs then tied it in second with the help of some wildness from the Holy Cross pitchers. Virginia Waldrop and Ong both walked with the bases loaded to pull Yale within one. Yanagisawa then brought home the tying run on a fielder's choice.
The Crusaders, though, scored once in the fourth and two times in the fifth.
A single by Yanagisawa and a double by Nelson brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Holy Cross pitcher Kali Haas retired the next hitter to end the game.
Yale outhit the Crusaders 7-6 but left six runners on base. Ong, Yanagisawa and Nelson each had two hits.
Waldrop, in left field, made the defensive play of the game in the sixth inning, racing into foul terriory and diving to grab Caitlin Belanger's fly ball.
The Bulldogs conclude their stay at the Rebel Games on Sunday with a pair of games – against Hartford at 1 p.m. and against Rider at 5 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity