March 17, 2011

Ong Belts First Career Home Run; Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader At CCSU

Johnson Has Three Hits In Two Games For Yale

Game 2 Box Score

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Jennifer Ong belted her first career home run, and Meg Johnson added three hits but it wasn't enough for the Yale softball team against Central Connecticut. The Blue Devils banged out 20 hits to sweep a doubleheader from the Bulldogs on a spring-like day at the CCSU Softball Field. Central won the first game 5-1 and took the nightcap 8-2.

Ong's homer came in the sixth inning. It was a lead-off blast that cut the deficit to 4-1. Ong had two of Yale's four hits. Mariclaire Rebman and Johnson also had hits.

Jackie Manzer pitched five innings, struck out four and allowed only one earned run.

Central (8-9-1) scored twice in the third and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

In the second game, the Bulldogs managed seven hits but left seven runners on base. Johnson and Katie Yanagisawa each had two hits. Christy Nelson added a double and Chelsey Locarno singled.

Yale scored its two runs in the sixth inning. With one out, Rebman walked. She was erased on Chelsea Janes's fielder's choice. Johnson followed with a single. After a wild pitch put runners on second and third, Kelsey Warkentine doubled down the right field line, scoring both Janes and Johnson.

The Bulldogs threatened in the third. With two out, Yanagisawa singled to left. Nelson then doubled to right, but Central pitcher Julie Marks retired the next hitter to get out of the jam.

The Blue Devils broke open a close game by scoring four times in the fourth.

Chelsey Dunham went six innings in the circle for Yale. She struck out three and allowed only three earned runs.

The Bulldogs (6-4) committed three errors which led to five unearned runs.

Yale plays its home openers on Saturday with a doubleheader against Bryant. The first pitch of the first game is slated for noon at Dewitt Family Field.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity