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Stay At Rebel Games Ends With Pair of Victories

Chelsey Dunham (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
Chelsey Dunham (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Yale Edges Hartford 7-6, Beats Rider 7-2

Yale-Rider Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Yale softball team ended its stay at the Rebel Games in impressive fashion. The Bulldogs scored 14 runs and had 23 hits in a pair of victories. Yale rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Hartford 7-6 and then cruised to a 7-2 victory over Rider.

The Bulldogs finish their eight-day stay in Florida with a 6-2 overall record.

Mariclaire Rebman, Christy Nelson and Katie Yanagisawa each had four hits on the day.

After falling behind by three against Hartford, Yale erupted for five runs in the second inning. Tori Balta singled and Liz Tutino walked to start the rally. With one out, Virginia Waldrop doubled home two runs. Nelson, Rebman and McKynlee Westman followed with RBI singles.

The Bulldogs used a two-out rally to score again in the third. Meg Johnson doubled and took third when the centerfielder misplayed the ball. She then scored on a wild pitch.

The Hawks scored once in their half of the third to get back within 6-4, but Yale struck again in the fourth on Westman's single that scored Nelson.

Hartford scored once in the fifth and once in the sixth to close the deficit to 7-6. The Hawks then had runners on second and third with two out in the bottom of the seventh, but Chelsey Mooney grounded out to second to end the game.

Chelsey Dunham went all seven innings in the circle for the Bulldogs, striking out four, to earn her fourth win of the season.

Hartford (0-3) had 11 hits in the game but left 13 runners on base.

Yale improved to 3-0 on the season in one-run games.

The Bulldogs also had to come from behind against Rider. They trailed 2-1 heading to the bottom of the third, but promptly took the lead for good with two runs. Jennifer Ong and Yanagisawa singled, and Nelson followed with a two-run double to the right-centerfield gap.

Chelsey Locarno's successful squeeze bunt and Ong's sacrifice fly to left increased the lead to 5-2 in the fourth.

RBI singles from Rebman and Balta capped the scoring in the fifth.

Kristen Leung tossed a complete game, striking out seven, to earn the victory in the circle.

The Bulldogs outhit Rider 11-10 in the game.

The Broncs (2-7) left nine runners on base.

Kelsey Warkentine gave Yale an early 1-0 lead with a clutch, two-out RBI single up the middle.

The Bulldogs are off until Thursday when they play a doubleheader at Central Connecticut. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity