Dunham’s Gem Helps Yale Beat Butler

Chelsey Dunham (Rocco Labbadia photo)
Chelsey Dunham (Rocco Labbadia photo)

Bulldogs Fall To Green Bay 2-0

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Yale got a pair of very well pitched games on its first day at the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament. In 13 innings, Yale pitchers did not allow an earned run. Chelsey Dunham tossed a two-hitter as the Bulldogs edged Butler 4-2 in their second game of the day. Earlier, freshman Lindsay Efflandt was excellent in the circle, but an error helped Green Bay score two runs in the fifth inning en route to a 2-0 victory.

Yale had to rally from behind in its victory. Butler took advantage of a pair of defensive miscues to score two runs in the first inning.

The Bulldogs, though, erupted for four in the fourth, all coming with two outs. Freshman Carolyn McGuire's double plated the first two runs, and Sarah Onorato tripled home two runs.

That was more than enough for Dunham, who at one point in the game retired 10 straight hitters. She finished with three strikeouts and earned her first win of the season.

Yale (2-7) outhit Butler 7-2. Onorato was 2-for-4. In addition to McGuire, Tori Balta, Laina Do, Efflandt and Allie Souza had hits.

The Bulldogs had opportunities in their first game against Green Bay but left eight runners on base.

Five different Yale players had hits, but they were all singles.

Efflandt struck out five and didn't issue a walk in her six outstanding innings of work.

Yale had the tying runs on base in the seventh inning but couldn't get them home.

"We let the [Green Bay] game slip away from us," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "We had another great outing from Lindsay, but we couldn't push a run across the plate.

"In the second game, we had a stellar performance from Chelsey, and our adjustments at the plate were much better. [Second baseman] Laina Do and [shortstop] Brittany Labbadia both made some great plays. Things are really starting to come together for us, and this team is working well together to get a little better every day."

The Bulldogs will play two more games in the tournament on Saturday, taking on Seton Hall at 9:30 a.m. and Penn State at 11:45 a.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity