March 23, 2012

Bulldogs Rally Late But Drop Doubleheader To Providence

Friars Escape With 4-3 Victory In Nine Innings In Second Game

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's offense nearly came to life in time to earn the Bulldogs a split of Friday's doubleheader with Providence. Instead the Friars pushed across a run in the ninth inning of the second game to escape with a 4-3 victory on a gorgeous afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. PC won the opener 8-0.

Yale (5-9) had only four hits on the day entering the fifth inning of the second game and was trailing 3-0. That's when the Bulldogs started to get hot. Chelsea Janes led off the fifth with a sharp single to centerfield. She moved to second on Kelsey Warkentine's sacrifice bunt and scored on Riley Hughes's clutch, two-out single up the middle.

Another two-out hit, this time an RBI single to right by Janes, pulled Yale within 3-2 in the sixth. The Bulldogs  tied it in the seventh. Virginia Waldrop singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Hughes then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Waldrop to third, and Jennifer Ong followed with an RBI single to center. When Tori Balta walked, Yale had the winning run in scoring position, but the next two hitters were retired.

The Bulldogs also threatened in the eighth. Kylie Williamson singled to lead off and moved to second on Janes's sacrifice bunt. Yale then ran into a little bit of bad luck. Warkentine hit a ground ball to the left side, and Williamson, running to third, inadvertently made contact with the shortstop and was called out.

The Bulldogs finished with nine hits in the second game. Janes led the way by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Providence, which also had nine hits, left 15 runners on base.

Alex Lucas started in the circle for Yale and pitched well. She yielded a solo home run to Jen Abrams on her first pitch of the game, but allowed only one other hit over the next four innings. Williamson came on and did not allow an earned run in five innings of relief.

Providence's Alicia Grosso limited the Bulldogs to just one hit in the first game, an infield single by Balta in the fourth inning.  Sarah Onorato was Yale's only other base runner in the game. She walked in the first and again in the fourth.

The Friars (7-16) scored three times in the first, twice in the third and three more times in sixth.

Johnson was held hitless in the first game, ending her hitting streak at five games. Balta had a hit in both games to extend her streak with at least one hit to six games.

Yale had one stolen base in the second game and is now a perfect 9-for-9 on the season.

The Bulldogs are right back in action on Saturday when they play a doubleheader at Bryant. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 1 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity