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Bulldogs Belt Eight Home Runs; Set Single Season School Record In Split With Brown

Christy Nelson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Christy Nelson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Onorato Hits Three, Nelson Two

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale softball team ended Ivy League play with a bang. Or to be more precise, eight bangs. The Bulldogs hit eight home runs, including three from Sarah Onorato, in splitting a doubleheader with Brown at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears won the opener 9-8 before Yale cruised to a 12-2 victory in the second game.

The eight home runs give the Bulldogs 31 for the season, which is a new single season school record. The previous mark was 29 set in 2006. Yale still has one more game remaining, Tuesday at Marist.

Onorato, who had already set the single school record, now has 14 homers on the season. She was 6-for-8 in the two games and is batting .435 for the season. Her 64 hits on the season are also a new Yale record.

Christy Nelson added two homers, increasing her Yale career record to 20.

Nelson, a senior, was playing her final Ivy game along with Kelsey Warkentine, Jennifer Ong and Liz Tutino. Tutino made the most of her final league game, belting her first career home run in the first game.

"It was great to close out the Ivy season with a win for our senior class," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "They have individually given so much to this program and have been outstanding leaders."

Yale (10-36, 5-15 Ivy) had 25 hits in the two games.

The Bulldogs outhit the Bears 14-10 in the opener and nearly staged a big come-from-behind win.

Yale fell behind 4-0 but rallied to take a 6-5 lead with a four-run fourth inning.  Brown, though, tied it with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then scored three times in the fifth.

Onorato's first home run of the day, a two-run blast in the sixth, pulled the Bulldogs within 9-8 but that was the way the game ended.

Brittany Labbadia went 3-for-3 and scored three runs, and Warkentine was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for Yale.

The Bulldogs wasted no time seizing control of the second game. Tori Balta, the second batter of the game, homered, and Hannah Brennan went deep later in the inning to give Yale a 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs hit two more home runs in a five-run fifth inning. Onorato started it with a two-run blast, and Nelson also hit a two-run homer in the frame.

Onorato hit another two-run homer in the sixth, and Yale capped the scoring with a three-run seventh inning. Balta's two-run single up the middle was the big hit in the seventh.

Rhydian Glass pitched all seven innings to earn the victory, scattering 13 hits.

Brown (10-28, 4-16 Ivy) left 10 runners on base.

Allie Souza scored two runs for the Bulldogs, and Ong was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Tuesday's season finale at Marist is a 2:30 p.m. start.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity