Rebman Has Five Hits; Ong Belts Two Home Runs
PRINCETON, N.J. – Hits haven't been a problem for the Yale softball team recently. Turning those hits into runs has been the issue. The Bulldogs went a long way toward solving that problem in Sunday's doubleheader with Princeton. Yale banged out 27 hits in the two games but more importantly scored 21 runs to earn a split with the Tigers.
Jennifer Ong and Christy Nelson both homered in the opener as the Bulldogs cruised to a 9-0, six-inning victory. In the second game, Princeton spoiled a big Yale comeback, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a wild 13-12 decision.
Chelsey Dunham tossed a three-hit shutout in the first game. She struck out two and walked only one.
After the first six hitters were retired in order, it looked like the Bulldogs might struggle at the plate. Instead they erupted for seven runs in the third to seize control. Tori Balta and Virginia Waldrop started the rally with back-to-back singles. Ong then walked to load the bases. Katie Yanagisawa drove home the first run when she reached on an error, and Mariclaire Rebman singled home Waldrop. Meg Johnson followed with a two-run double, and Nelson capped the scoring with her three-run homer down the left field line.
That was more than enough for Dunham, who retired nine straight Princeton hitters in one stretch.
Yale added two runs in the sixth. Ong belted a solo homer to left. Yanagisawa followed with a double and later scored on Johnson's single up the middle.
The Bulldogs finished with 12 hits in the game.
It looked like the second game might end early when Princeton built a 9-1 lead after four innings. Yale, though, erupted for seven runs in the fifth to get right back in it. Again the rally was started by Balta and Waldrop, who both walked. Ong followed with a three-run homer, her second round-tripper of the day.
The Bulldogs, though, weren't through. Yanagisawa singled and Rebman walked and both scored on Johnson's double to right center. McKynlee Westman doubled home Johnson, and Waldrop knocked in the final run of the inning with an infield single.
After the Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the fifth, Yale answered with two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Westman and a run scoring single from Dunham.
The Bulldogs then tied the score at 12 with a clutch, two-run seventh-inning rally. Rebman drove home the first run a double and then with two-out, Westman belted her third double of the game, which scored Rebman.
Sarah Rounsifer, though, led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run to centerfield to win it for Princeton (10-14, 2-2 Ivy).
Rebman finished 5-for-8 with two runs scored in the two games for Yale (7-13, 1-3 Ivy). Westman had four hits on the day, and Balta, Yanagisawa and Johnson each had three.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at Providence beginning at 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity