April 30, 2011

Late Rallies Come Up Short In Season Finales At Brown

Rebman, Nelson Double For Yale

Game 2 Box Score

Ken Yanagisawa Photo Gallery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a season full of dramatic finishes, it looked like the Yale softball team might have one last late-inning rally in the final game of the year. Instead, it came up just short, and the Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 decision at Brown in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader. The Bears won the opener 2-0.

Yale trailed 5-2 after five innings of the second game. Virginia Waldrop's RBI single in the sixth cut the deficit to two, and the Bulldogs scored once in the seventh and had two more runners on base but couldn't capitalize.

Waldrop, McKynlee Westman, Mariclaire Rebman, Tori Balta and Meg Johnson all had two hits on the day for Yale.

After Brown had scored once in the first, the Bulldogs answered with two runs in the second. Chelsea Janes' fielder's choice drove home the first run, and Balta later scored on a passed ball.

The Bears, though, scored once in the second and third and twice in the fourth to regain the lead.

Yale ends the season with a 17-25 overall record and an 8-12 Ivy mark. The Bulldogs set a school record with 64 doubles and also finished with an all-time best .290 team batting average.

In the first game, Brown scored once in the first and once in the second. That was more than enough for Kristie Chin, who pitched a complete game and struck out two.

Chin set down the first six Bulldogs before Westman walked leading off the third.

Yale threatened again in fourth. With two out, Christy Nelson doubled and Balta walked. Chin, though, retired the next hitter.

The Bulldogs also had two runners on in the fifth but couldn't capitalize. Waldrop's single in the seventh brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Chin again worked out of the jam.

Chelsey Dunham was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Yale. She yielded seven hits and struck out two.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity