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Onorato Breaks Single-Season Yale Home Run Record

Sarah Onorato. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Onorato. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Belts Her 11th In Doubleheader Loss To Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sarah Onorato grew up less than 20 miles from Harvard's Soldier Softball Field. That probably helped make Saturday's record breaking day a little extra special. Onorato, a sophomore, hit her school-record 11th home run of the season, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it came on a day that they dropped a doubleheader to the Crimson, falling 7-4 in the first game and 4-2 in the nightcap.

Onorato's milestone homer came in the sixth inning of the second game, a two-run blast down the left field line that pulled the Bulldogs within 4-2. She broke the mark set by Shayna Filson in 2002.

"It is something I honestly never would have expected would happen," Onorato said. "I'm just glad that I've been able to help the team, and hopefully it's a sign of more good things to come for Yale softball."

Onorato, who hit only one homer last year as a freshman, had around a dozen family and friends at the game. Her family then hosted a team dinner following the games.

Onorato was 3-for-6 and scored two runs in the two games. She is now batting .443 on the season. Christy Nelson, Riley Hughes and Hannah Brennan also had RBI on the day for Yale.

Yale (8-24, 3-7 Ivy) nearly pulled off a big comeback in the first game. Trailing 4-0, the Bulldogs scored four times in the fifth to tie it. Nelson's RBI single started it. Kelsey Warkentine then drew a bases loaded walk to force home the second run. Brennan's sacrifice fly pulled Yale within one, and Nelson scored the tying run on an error.

Harvard, though, scored three runs in the sixth to win it.

The Crimson (14-17, 6-4 Ivy) outhit the Bulldogs 12-4.

"We battled back but gave away too many runs," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin.

The Bulldogs again fell behind 4-0 in the second game before Onorato's record-breaking home run.

Yale was held to four hits in the second game as well.

"We looked at too many pitches and let the pitcher control the game," Goodwin said. "When we come out swinging the bats the way we can, we can play with anyone as we have shown."

The same two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity