Six For Six; Bulldogs Walk Off With Two More Wins
Yale Sweeps Rhode Island To Complete Perfect Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Six games in three days didn't prove to be a problem for the Yale softball team. The Bulldogs won all six, completing the perfect weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Rhode Island on Sunday. Jennifer Ong had two hits and knocked in three runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth, as Yale won the first game 4-3. Christy Nelson's RBI double scored Mariclaire Rebman in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game as the Bulldogs won a wild 12-11 decision.
Of all six wins on the weekend, the last one proved to be the most difficult.
Yale overcame 8-0 and 11-9 deficits to win and complete the sweep.
Yale was the beneficiary of 11 walks from Rhode Island pitching.
Yale then scored three times in both the third and fourth innings to grab the lead.
Rhode Island (3-32) went back ahead, 11-9, with three runs in the fifth, but the Bulldogs again rallied.
Rebman's infield single scored Yanagisawa in the fifth, and Johnson scored on a throwing error in the sixth to set up the dramatic finish.
Rebman led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to left-center, and Nelson followed with a double to the right-centerfield gap that ended a long day of softball.
Jackie Manzer pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory.
Yale also won the first game in its last at bat. This time it came in the bottom of the eighth. Tori Balta walked to lead off and moved to second on Kelsey Warkentine's sacrifice bunt. Balta advanced to third when Virginia Waldrop reached on an error. Ong then hit a grounder to short, and Balta slid home ahead of the throw to the plate to score the winning run.
The Bulldogs also had to come from behind in the opener after Rhode Island grabbed the lead with three runs in the fifth.
Nelson's sacrifice fly to left began the comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Ong's clutch two-run single in the sixth then tied the score at 3-3.
Chelsey Dunham pitched all eight innings to earn her ninth win of the season. She struck out eight and scattered five hits. Dunham was the winning pitcher in four of the six games this weekend for the Bulldogs.
Dunham benefitted from some excellent defense. Waldrop, Yale's leftfielder, made an outstanding diving catch in foul territory in the third inning to help keep the game scoreless early.
Rebman was 3-for-7 on the day for Yale. Yanagisawa had one hit in each game, including a triple in the nightcap, to extend her hitting streak to 16 games. Nelson and Rebman both have six-game hitting streaks.
In the six victories this weekend, the Bulldogs batted .357 and outscored their opponents 47-28.
Yale is back in action on Wednesday, hosting a doubleheader against Sacred Heart beginning at 3 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity