May 13, 2014

Delgadillo, Balta Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Delgadillo Named First Team At First Base; Balta A Second Team Outfielder

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's two leading hitters in Ivy League play both earned post-season recognition. Sophomore Lauren Delgadillo, who tied for fifth in the league with a .412 Ivy batting average, was named first team All-Ivy at first base, and senior Tori Balta, who hit .350 in league games and .380 overall, earned second team honors in the outfield.

Delgadillo, a San Clemente, Calif., native, enjoyed a successful season after her rookie year was cut short due to injury. She started all 20 Ivy games, hit two home runs and knocked in 12 runs. Overall, she was second on the team in batting average (.276), home runs (3) and RBI (19). In addition, she reached at base at least once in each of her last 22 games.

As a freshman, Delgadillo was hitting .373 after 18 games when an injury ended her season.

Balta, a Valencia, Calif., native earned All-Ivy honors in each of her four seasons. This year, she led the team in average (.380), hits (46), runs (18), doubles (12) and stolen bases (11). Her .380 overall average was third in the Ivy League, and she also tied for third in doubles, was fourth in stolen bases and sixth in hits. In 20 Ivy games, Balta batted .350 with six doubles and nine runs scored.

Balta, the 2014 team captain, started 168 games in centerfield in her career. She finished with 140 career hits, 80 runs scored and 23 doubles.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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