Offense Cools In Doubleheader Loss To Penn

Tori Balta. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tori Balta. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Held To Just Eight Hits in Two Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - What had been a red-hot Yale offense was shut down by Penn on Friday.

Alexis Borden tossed a three-hit shutout as the Quakers won the opener 7-0, and Lauren Li blanked the Bulldogs in a 9-0 Penn win in the second game, yielding just five hits.

Yale's Sarah Onorato extended her hitting streak to 17 games. She was 3-for-5 on the day. Riley Hughes also had two hits.

Penn (15-13, 5-1 Ivy) had 21 hits on the day.

The losses dropped the Bulldogs to 7-19 overall and 3-3 in Ivy play. Yale is still tied with Harvard and Dartmouth for the North Division lead.

The Bulldogs had opportunities to score in both games. Yale had runners on base in all but the second inning of the first game. The best chance came in the fourth. Trailing 4-0, Christy Nelson and Tori Balta both reached on errors, and Hannah Brennan walked to load the bases with two outs. Borden got the next hitter to ground out, though, to end the threat.

In all, the Bulldogs left eight runners on base in the game.

The Quakers (15-13, 5-1 Ivy) grabbed the early lead by scoring four times in the first and then added two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Yale hit a number of balls hard in the second game, but it seemed most ended up going right to a Penn fielder.

Pitcher Rhydian Glass was sharp early, keeping Penn off the board for the first two innings. The Quakers, though, finally broke through in the third when they scored two runs. They then added three in the fifth and four in the sixth.

The Bulldogs again left eight runners on base.

Back-to-back singles by Brittany Labbadia and Onorato put two runners on in the fifth. It looked like that was going to lead to runs when Balta hit a long fly ball, but Penn left-fielder Sydney Turchin made a terrific over-the-shoulder catch to help preserve the shutout.

Yale also put two runners on in the sixth with one out on singles by Hughes and Kelsey Warkentine, but Li retired the next two hitters to end the game.

Penn outhit the Bulldogs 9-5.

Yale hosts Columbia in a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity