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Final Home Game For Seniors Ends In Victory

Kelsey Warkentine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kelsey Warkentine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Knock Off Brown 5-2 To Earn Doubleheader Split

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The final game at Dewitt Family Field for Yale's four seniors was a success. The Bulldogs banged out 12 hits en route to a 5-2 victory over Brown and a split of an Ivy League doubleheader. Christy Nelson, Jennifer Ong, Liz Tutino and Kelsey Warkentine walked off their home field for the last time as winners.

Brown won the first game 8-1.

Nelson contributed two hits to help the cause, but it was a pair of underclassmen that played the biggest role in the win. Freshman Rhydian Glass pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits while striking out five to earn the victory. Sophomore Hannah Brennan provided two of the big hits. Her RBI single in the second made it 4-0, and she added an RBI double in the fourth after the Bears had cut it to 4-2.

Yale (9-35, 4-14 Ivy) jumped out to an early lead by scoring twice in the first. Sarah Onorato led off with a single, moved to second on Tori Balta's sacrifice bunt and later scored on an error. Riley Hughes' clutch, two-out, RBI single to left made it 2-0.

The Bulldogs scored twice again in the second. Allie Souza started the rally with a single and advanced to second on Brittany Labbadia's sacrifice bunt. Balta then drove home Souza with a single, and Brennan plated Balta with her single to left.

After Brown scored twice in the fourth, Yale added a big insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Balta and Nelson singled before Brennan's long double that narrowly missed clearing the left-field fence.

Brown had a big threat in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs, but Glass retired three straight hitters without allowing a run to seal the victory.

Balta, Nelson, Brennan, Hughes and Souza all had two hits in the game for the Bulldogs.

Yale was limited to three hits in the first game.

Brown (9-27, 3-15 Ivy) broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the third inning. The Bears then scored twice in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the win.

Brennan's RBI double to left-center in the fifth accounted for Yale's run.

Onorato and Ong also doubled in the game for the Bulldogs.

The same two teams will play a doubleheader in Providence on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity