April 5, 2014

Walk-Off Win Earns Bulldogs Split Of Doubleheader With Princeton

Do Singles Home Winning Run In Bottom Of Seventh Inning

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale used a two-out rally to earn a dramatic victory over Princeton and earn a split of an Ivy League doubleheader on Saturday. Laina Do's single scored Camille Weisenbach in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Tigers on a sunny afternoon at Dewitt Family Field.

Princeton won the first game 5-2.

Princeton pitcher Erica Nori retired the first two hitters of the seventh inning before Weisenbach reached on an infield single. Brittany Labbadia followed with a single to right that was misplayed, allowing Weisenbach to advance to third and Labbadia to reach second. Do then delivered a solid single to centerfield, setting off a wild celebration in the Yale dugout.

Chelsey Dunham pitched a terrific game to earn the victory. She allowed only two hits and struck out three. Princeton's only run was unearned.

The Tigers (8-18, 1-3 Ivy) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but Yale quickly tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Tori Balta singled sharply to left. Lauren Delgadillo was hit by a pitch, and Sarah Onorato followed with a long double to right field that scored Balta.

Balta and Onorato both had two hits in the game for the Bulldogs (4-22, 1-7 Ivy).

In the first game, Princeton scored five runs in the seventh inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.

Yale scored both of its runs in the first inning. Labbadia led off with a double and Do drew a walk to set the table. Balta's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners, and Delgadillo followed with a two-run single to centerfield.

It looked like that would be all pitcher Lindsay Efflandt would need as she shutdown the Tigers through the first six innings with the help of some strong defense.

In the fourth, Princeton loaded the bases with two outs, but Do, playing second base, snared a line drive off the bat of Kayla Bose.

Princeton also had the bases loaded with two out in the fifth when Haley Hineman hit a slow roller toward shortstop. Labbadia charged it but collided with Maddie Cousens, who was running from second base. Cousens was called out and Yale escaped the jam.

The Tigers outhit the Bulldogs 10-4 in the game.

Freshman Carolyn McGuire had one of Yale's four hits and also made a couple of fine defensive plays in left field.

The Bulldogs are back at Dewitt Family Field on Wednesday when they host a doubleheader with Hartford. 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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