Onorato Homers Again As Yale Drops Two At Stony Brook Invitational

Jennifer Ong (photo by Rocco Labbadia)
Jennifer Ong (photo by Rocco Labbadia)

Bulldogs Fall To Holy Cross 5-1, Stony Brook 7-1

STONY BROOK, N.Y. Sarah Onorato hit her Ivy League leading third home run of the season Friday at the Stony Brook Invitational, but the Yale softball team dropped a pair of games. Holy Cross scored three runs in the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-1 victory over the Bulldogs in the opening game. Yale was limited to one hit – Onorato's homer – in the second game, a 7-1 loss to Stony Brook.

Jennifer Ong had two hits on the day for the Bulldogs.

"It was a tough day for us offensively," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "Regardless of the score, we didn't do our part as hitters to make it a ball game. Take away the two big innings from both games and we may have had a different outcome.

"Sarah continues to be aggressive at the plate, as does Jennifer. They are making things happen out there. We need a few others to find their rhythm. We are still in the learning process with this team in many ways, trying to find a good mix offensively and defensively."

The Bulldogs, who had travelled cross country from Seattle on Wednesday, fell behind Holy Cross 1-0 in the first inning. Yale tied it with a run in the third when Brittany Labbadia was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Ong's single to left field.

Emily Jarvis' two-run double was the big-hit of Holy Cross's three-run fifth inning.

The Crusaders improved to 4-7 with the victory.

Chelsey Dunham started in the circle for the Bulldogs and struck out a season-high seven.

Ong finished 2-for-3 for Yale. Kylie Williamson doubled and Christy Nelson and Liz Tutino also had hits.

Stony Brook (8-13) erupted for six runs in the first inning of Yale's second game. The big blow was Lauren Kamachi's grand slam.

Onorato got one of the runs back with her blast over the center-field fence in the fourth inning.

Yale (2-8) drew five walks in the game, including two each from Nelson and Kelsey Warkentine, but left six runners on base in the game.

Kristen Leung pitched five innings of relief for the Bulldogs and did not allow an earned run. She has now pitched 9.1 innings on the season without yielding an earned run.

"I was very pleased with how Kristen shut down Stony Brook," Goodwin said. "She was ready to pitch and had complete control out there."

Yale continues play at the Invitational on Saturday, playing Manhattan at 9:30 a.m. and Holy Cross again at 1:30 p.m. The Bulldogs face Stony Brook for the second time on Sunday.

"We look forward to facing both of these teams again to truly show what we are capable of," Goodwin said. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity