Bulldogs Win Opener 9-1; Fall 7-4 In Second Game
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – It didn't take long for Wednesday's doubleheader with Wagner to become memorable for the Yale softball team. On the second pitch of the day, Jennifer Ong belted her 15th double of the season, setting a new school record. That was the start of a big first game for the Bulldogs, who cruised to a 9-1 win. Wagner came back to take the second game 7-4.
Katie Yanagisawa had a hit in both games for Yale, extending her hitting streak to 22 games. Her double in the second game was Yale's 57th of the season, which ties the school record. Meg Johnson and Christy Nelson both had three hits on the day.
Ong broke the doubles mark Megan Enyeart '09 set in 2006.
The Bulldogs (15-19) banged out 10 hits in the opener, which ended after five innings.
Wagner scored once in the first to grab the early lead, but Yale answered with six runs in the third. A walk to Ong and singles by Yanagisawa and Mariclaire Rebman loaded the bases. Nelson followed with a two-run single. Walks to McKynlee Westman and Tori Balta forced home another run, and Johnson delivered a two-run single. Virginia Waldrop then capped the rally with an RBI single.
The Bulldogs added three runs in the fifth. Nelson led off with her team-leading fifth home run of the season, a blast over the centerfield fence. After Westman singled and Kelsey Warkentine reached on an error, Waldrop singled home pinch-runner Chelsea Janes and Ong followed with a single that scored Warkentine.
The Seahawks scored three times in the first inning and led 5-0 after four innings. Yale got two back in the sixth. Ong walked and Yanagisawa followed with a double to the left-centerfield gap. Rebman then singled up the middle. Ong scored easily, and Yanagisawa raced home when the centerfielder's throw in was wild.
Wagner, though, tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. That became important when the Bulldogs rallied in the seventh. Tori Balta led off with a single, and Johnson belted her second homer of the season. Warkentine walked to keep the threat going, but Yale couldn't capitalize.
The Bulldogs finished with six hits in the game.
Yale returns to Ivy League play with a four-game series at Harvard this weekend.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity