Yale Wins Opener 4-2; Takes Game 2 7-5
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Friday was Senior Day at Dewitt Family Field, but it was a freshman that had the biggest hit of the day. Tori Balta's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning helped lead Yale to a 4-2 victory over Brown in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader. The seniors then played a big role in the second game. Mariclaire Rebman hit a three-run homer, Katie Yanagisawa knocked in two runs and McKynlee Westman added a hit as the Bulldogs competed the sweep with a 7-5 win.
Yale trailed 1-0 entering the sixth inning of the first game. Jennifer Ong led off with a double, and Rebman singled. After Christy Nelson walked to load the bases, Balta delivered her clutch double to left field. Meg Johnson followed with an RBI single, and Balta later scored on a wild pitch.
Chelsey Dunham pitched a complete game to earn her 11th win of the season. She allowed five hits, one earned run and struck out three.
Balta finished 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs.
Ong made a terrific running catch on the warning track in right to rob Trish Melvin of an extra base hit in the third inning to help keep the Bears off the board.
Brown broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth.
The Bears threatened to increase the lead in the fifth, but Dunham worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam.
Yale had a great chance to score in the fifth with the help of a Brown miscue. Johnson led off and hit a towering pop up. The entire Brown infield converged near the pitcher's circle, but third baseman Kate Strobel couldn't make the catch and Johnson raced all the way to third. The next three hitters, though, were retired and Johnson was left stranded.
The Bulldogs (17-23, 8-10 Ivy) wasted no time seizing control of the second game, scoring three times before their first out. Ong and Yanagisawa led off with singles, and Rebman followed with her second home run of the season.
Those same three helped Yale score two more times in the second. Ong singled and scored on Yanagisawa's double. Rebman followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
After Brown (12-22-1, 6-12 Ivy) scored twice in the third, Yale sealed the win with two runs in the sixth. Alex Lucas reached on an error to start the rally. Pinch runner Chelsey Locarno scored on Yanagisawa's single, and Ong, who had singled, scored on a wild pitch.
Ong finished 4-for-4 and scored three runs. Yanagisawa was 3-for-4 and Rebman had four RBI.
Rebman, Westman and Yanagisawa were all honored in a ceremony prior to the first pitch.
The same two teams play a doubleheader in Providence on Saturday to conclude the season. The first pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity