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Bulldogs Knock Off FDU 4-1

Kristen Leung. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kristen Leung. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Leung Turns In Solid Start In Circle

NORFOLK, Va. – Solid pitching and timely hitting helped Yale earn its first victory of the young season. Kristen Leung allowed only four hits in 5.1 innings, and the Bulldogs scored four late runs en route to a 4-1 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in their final game of the Spartan Clash.

Leung struck out four before getting relief help from freshman Lindsay Efflandt, who notched her first career save. Efflandt pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Tori Balta continued her hot start at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored, while freshman Camille Weisenbach contributed two hits as well.

"Kristen had a fantastic outing today, carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning. She was ready from the first pitch of the game," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "We had some outstanding situational hitting, some well executed sacrifice flies and everyone contributed. Overall it was a team win, and I'm very proud of the way we bounced back."

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Yale broke through with two runs. Allie Souza led off with a single and advanced to third when FDU misplayed Balta's bunt. Brittany Labbadia then delivered a sacrifice fly to plate the first run, and Sarah Onorato followed with a single that scored Balta.

Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2) scored once in the sixth, but some excellent relief pitching from Efflandt and strong defense kept the Knights from doing more damage. Efflandt entered with the bases loaded and only one out. She struck out the first hitter she faced, issued a walk, but then retired the next hitter on a ground out.

The Bulldogs (1-2) added two big insurance runs in the seventh. Labbadia was hit by a pitch to open the inning. She moved to second on an unsuccessful pick off attempt and alertly scored from second on Hannah Brennan's ground out. Lauren Delgadillo drove home the second run of the inning with an RBI ground out.

Yale outhit FDU 7-4 in the game.

The Bulldogs are now off until Mar. 11 when they play the first two of nine games in Clearwater, Fla.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity