Bulldogs Fall In Florida Finale

Sarah Onorato (Rocco Labbadia photo)

Central Michigan Tops Yale 6-1

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Yale saw first hand on its trip to Florida why Central Michigan is one of the top programs in the Midwest. The Chippewas advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year and seem poised to return in 2014.

Chelsea Sundberg tossed a two-hitter and CMU banged out 13 hits en route to a 6-1 victory over the Bulldogs in Yale's final game at the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament.

It was the Chippewas' second victory over Bulldogs in Florida. CMU blanked Yale 7-0 last Tuesday at South Florida.

Yale (3-10) got off to a good start. Sarah Onorato doubled leading off the game. She advanced to third on Brittany Labbadia's sacrifice bunt and scored on Hannah Brennan's sacrifice fly.

The Bulldogs threatened again in the second. With one out, Lauren Delgadillo singled and Tori Balta was hit by a pitch. Sundberg, though, settled down and retired the next two hitters.

CMU (17-9) then scored twice in the bottom of the second and twice more in the third to seize control.

Sundberg, meanwhile, was dominant the rest of the way. She retired the last 17 Yale batters she faced.

Yale returns to New Haven on Monday and is scheduled to play its home opener, a doubleheader with Providence, on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity