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Big Hits Lift Bryant To Doubleheader Sweep Of Yale

Tori Balta (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
Tori Balta (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Balta Goes 4-For-4 In Two Games

Game 2 Box Score

Ken Yanagisawa Photo Gallery

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bryant only managed nine hits off Yale's pitching in Saturday's doubleheader, but the Bulldogs sure made the most of them. Bryant scored nine runs to sweep the doubleheader, winning the first game 6-1 and taking the nightcap 3-0.

Freshman Tori Balta had a big afternoon for Yale. She went 3-for-3 in the first game and then was 1-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt in the second game.

The Bulldogs also got a pair of well-pitched games. Jackie Manzer went 5.1 innings in the opener, struck out seven and allowed only one earned run. In game two, Chelsey Dunham was the hard-luck losing pitcher. She tossed seven innings, struck out four and yielded only two earned runs.

Bryant (5-10) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first game when Laura Bowen led off the game with a home run over the left-field fence.

That was the only hit Manzer allowed, although she did issue three walks.

Yale (6-6) tied it in the fourth. Christy Nelson walked and moved to second on Mariclaire Rebman's ground out. With two out, Meg Johnson singled to center, scoring Nelson from second.

Bryant, though, scored four times in the sixth with the help of two Yale errors. The big hit was Lauren McCart's three-run double off the left field fence. Bryant tacked on a single run in the seventh.

The Bulldogs outhit Bryant 7-4 but left six runners on base. Johnson had two of Yale's hits.

Dunham didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning of the second game, which was scoreless until the sixth inning.

Bryant finally pushed across a run when Lauren Guy scored on a passed ball.

Bryant added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.

Yale threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Kelsey Warkentine reached on an error. Pinch runner Kristen Leung moved to second on a passed ball, and Balta walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but Bryant pitcher Brittany Hart retired the next hitter to end the game.

Yale was limited to four hits in the game, a double by Jennifer Ong and singles from Chelsea Janes, Balta and Warkentine.

The Bulldogs had a good opportunity to grab the lead in the third. With two out, Janes singled and Ong followed with a double to left field, but both were left stranded.

Yale returns home on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Marist. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity