March 9, 2011

Bulldogs Rally To Edge Florida A&M; Fall To Eastern Kentucky

Ong Has Four Hits In Two Games

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The season is still in its early stages, but the Yale softball team is already establishing it can win close games. The Bulldogs got an RBI double from Jennifer Ong in the top of the eighth inning, added an insurance run and then held on for a 3-2 victory over Florida A&M at the Rebel Games. In its second game of the day, Yale fell to Eastern Kentucky 7-0.

Two of the Bulldogs' three victories have come by one run.

Ong went 4-for-7 with two runs scored and two RBI in the two games. Katie Yanagisawa added two hits and a stolen base.

Against Florida A&M, Yale trailed 1-0 entering the sixth inning but rallied to tie. Ong led off with a double and advanced to third on Yanagisawa's sacrifice bunt. Meg Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to left.

The international tiebreaker was used starting in the eighth inning, and the Bulldogs capitalized. Tori Balta was placed on second. She promptly scored when Ong belted a long double to left field. Yanagisawa then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt. Florida A&M pitcher Jennifer Lindsey fielded it, but her throw to first was wild, allowing Ong to score from second.

That turned out to be a big run. Lindsey's RBI ground out pulled Florida A&M within one in the bottom of the eighth. Yale pitcher Chelsey Dunham, though, retired Jasmin Donaldson on a ground out to second with the tying run on third to end the game.

Florida A&M (9-12) had runners on base in every inning but one but left 12 stranded in the game.

Dunham pitched three innings of relief without allowing an earned run to earn the victory. Alex Lucas made her first career start, and Kristen Leung tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Bulldogs.

Yale (3-1) wasn't as sharp in the second game. The Bulldogs committed five errors which led to four unearned runs for Eastern Kentucky.

Ong went 2-for-3 for Yale. Yanagisawa, Mariclaire Rebman and Kelsey Warkentine also had hits.

Dunham started in the circle and struck out four in five innings.

Eastern Kentucky (13-6) was playing its 19th game of the season.

The Bulldogs play two more games on Thursday. They face Lehigh at 3 p.m. and Detroit Mercy at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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