Ong Goes 5-for-6 In Two Games For Yale
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – For the second straight day, the Yale softball team rallied in the second game of a doubleheader after a disappointing performance in the opener. This time, the Bulldogs were rewarded for their efforts. Christy Nelson and Virginia Waldrop knocked in runs in the eighth innings as Yale rallied for a 9-8 victory over Bryant. Bryant had won the first game 12-0.
Jennifer Ong had five hits on the day for the Bulldogs, who had dropped a doubleheader to Providence 8-0 and 5-2 in nine innings on Friday. Sarah Onorato and Meg Johnson each had three hits. One of Johnson's hit was a home run, Yale's first of the season.
The Bulldogs (6-10) scored one run in each of the first six innings of the second game.
The score was tied at 6-6 entering the eighth inning, and the tiebreaker rule was used. Chelsea Janes was placed on second base and was promptly advanced to third on Kelsey Warkentine's sacrifice bunt. Janes scored when Waldrop reached on a fielder's choice. After Tori Balta reached on an error, and Onorato walked, Nelson delivered a single that scored Waldrop, and Balta was also able to score as well when the left-fielder misplayed the ball.
That turned out to be a big extra run because Bryant scored twice in the bottom of the eighth. Bryant had the tying run on third, but Laura Bowen lined out to Nelson at third to end the game.
Freshman Kylie Williamson pitched all eight innings to earn her first career victory in the circle for the Bulldogs.
Yale pounded out 12 hits in the game.
In the first game, Aubrey Mable hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as Bryant (5-14) cruised to an easy victory.
The Bulldogs managed only three hits, two of which came from Ong. Hannah Brennan also singled.
Yale is back in action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Fairfield. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity