Balta Has Big Day At Yale Invitational

Allie Souza (Rocco Labbadia photo)
Allie Souza (Rocco Labbadia photo)

Yale Falls To Bryant, BU

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Yale softball team showed great resiliency on the first day of the Yale Invitational. After a disappointing 15-6 loss to Bryant in their first game, the Bulldogs bounced back and played well against a good Boston University squad. Unfortunately for Yale, the day ended in heartbreak.

Amy Ekart's RBI single capped a two-run bottom of the eighth inning and lifted the Terriers to a 3-2, extra inning victory over the Bulldogs.

The games were played at Pioneer Park at Sacred Heart as Dewitt Family Field is still recovering from the long winter.

Tori Balta went 5-for-7 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored on the day for Yale (3-11). Freshman Carolyn McGuire added three hits, and Brittany Labbadia had two hits.

The second game was a nail biter. After seven innings, the score was tied at 1-1. The tiebreaker rule was used so Allie Souza was placed on second base to start the eighth. Sarah Onorato advanced Souza to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Balta followed with an RBI double.

The Terriers, though, managed to push across two runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Bulldogs had taken a 1-0 lead in the third. Onorato walked, stole second and later scored on an error.

BU (13-10) tied it in the bottom of the third.

Freshman Lindsay Efflandt pitched well for Yale. She allowed only two earned runs in 7.2 innings.

In the first game of the day, Bryant scored six runs in the second inning to seize early control.

Balta went 4-for-4 for the Bulldogs.

Bryant (8-11) had 19 hits in the game.

The Invitational concludes with three games on Sunday back at Pioneer Park. Yale plays BU at 10 a.m. and Bryant at 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity