Johnson Belts Three-Run Homer In First Game
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's bats came alive in the final tuneup before the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs banged out 19 hits in two games with Fairfield. Unfortunately for Yale, the Stags' offense was a little more potent. As a result, Fairfield swept the doubleheader, winning the first game 8-5 and taking the nightcap 11-3.
Yale (6-10) fell behind early in both games but rallied.
In the opener, the Bulldogs trailed 6-0 heading into the bottom of the third before erupting for four runs. Liz Tutino walked to start the rally. With one out, Yanagisawa doubled and Rebman followed with an RBI single. Johnson then got Yale right back in the game when she homered over the centerfield fence.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 6-5 in the fifth. Singles by Rebman and Johnson put runners on first and second. McKynlee Westman advanced both with a sacrifice bunt. Rebman then scored on a wild pitch.
Yale threatened in the sixth. With two out, Ong doubled, but she was left stranded, one of six runners the Bulldogs left on base.
Fairfield then added two insurance runs in the seventh.
The Stags (10-12) took an early 4-0 lead in the second game. Yale, though, manufactured a run in the second. Tori Balta walked and moved to second on Kelsey Warkentine's sacrifice bunt. Virginia Waldrop's ground out moved Balta to third, and Chelsey Locarno followed with an RBI single.
The Bulldogs got another one back in the fourth. Waldrop singled to right and came around to score on Ong's double to the left-centerfield gap.
After Fairfield increased the lead to 5-2 with a run in the top of the fifth, Yale answered in the bottom of the inning. Johnson reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Westman's bloop single to right. Warkentine followed a single to right and when the ball was misplayed, the Bulldogs had the tying runs in scoring position. Fairfield pitcher Rae Ball, though, retired the next hitter to keep the Stags on top.
Fairfield then scored once in the sixth and five times in the seventh to seal the victory.
Yale is scheduled to open Ivy play with a doubleheader at Cornell on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. Weather could be an issue so check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity