April 14, 2013

Nelson Becomes Yale’s All-Time Home Run Leader

Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader At Harvard

BOSTON – Another day, another update required to the Yale softball record book. Christy Nelson became Yale's all-time home run leader, belting the 18th of her career, but the Bulldogs dropped an Ivy League doubleheader to Harvard, 12-3 and 5-3.

Nelson's historic blast came leading off the fourth inning of the second game. She broke the mark that was shared by Shayna Filson '04 and Katie Edwards '09.

"It was a great feeling to get that hit today in front of my parents," said Nelson, a San Diego, Calif., native. "They have been so supportive throughout my softball career so I'm glad they were in the stands to see it."

The loss in the second game came in heartbreaking fashion for the Bulldogs (8-26, 3-9 Ivy). After scoring twice in the seventh inning to tie the score at 3-3, Harvard's Kasey Lange hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to win it.

Kelsey Warkentine had three hits on the day for Yale, while Alllie Souza, Tori Balta and Nelson each contributed two.

The final score of the first game was a bit deceiving. The Bulldogs grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sarah Onorato tripled and scored on an error.

After Harvard tied it in the bottom of the first, Yale took the lead again when Balta drew a bases loaded walk in the second.

The Crimson answered with three runs in the bottom of the second, but Nelson's RBI single in the fourth pulled the Bulldogs back within 4-3.

Harvard, though, erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

The Crimson led the second game 3-1 entering the seventh, but Yale rallied to tie it. Souza started it with a single to left. Brittany Labbadia walked and Balta singled to load the bases. Nelson's ground out brought home the first run, and Warkentine's clutch, two-out single brought home Labbadia and tied the score.

Harvard (16-17, 8-4 Ivy) outhit Yale 8-6 in the game.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they host a doubleheader with Sacred Heart. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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