April 16, 2011

Yanagisawa Extends Hitting Streak To 18; Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader

Yale Falls To 5-5 In North Division Play

Game 2 Box Score

Ken Yanagisawa Photo Gallery

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Katie Yanagisawa extended her hitting streak to 18 games but the Yale softball team dropped a doubleheader to Dartmouth on a blustery afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. The Big Green won the first game 2-1 and then took the nightcap 9-1.

Perhaps it was the miserable conditions but a Yale offense that had scored 47 runs during a six-game winning streak was held in check. The Bulldogs managed only 10 hits on the day. Yanagisawa, Tori Balta and Jennifer Ong each had two hits.

A stiff wind that was blowing in may have played a role in the opener, although it didn't keep Dartmouth's Molly Khalil from belting a two-run homer in the fourth inning that snapped a scoreless tie.

Yale (13-17, 5-5 Ivy) got one back in the fifth when Meg Johnson and Balta led off with back-to-back doubles. With two outs, it looked like the Bulldogs might score more. Ong hit a long fly ball to centerfield. Off the bat, it looked like it might have home run distance but the wind knocked it down and it fell harmlessly into Audrey Kolodziej's glove for the final out.

Ong made solid contact in the bottom of the seventh inning as well, but the wind again kept it in the park and leftfielder Meghan Everett made the catch to end the game.

Chelsey Dunham started in the circle for the Bulldogs and pitched very well, allowing only three hits and striking out eight.

Yale, which outhit Dartmouth 6-3, had a number of scoring chances. Christy Nelson was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Balta's single to right to end the second inning, and the Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the six.

Three Yale errors helped the Big Green score four times in the first inning of the second game.

That proved to be more than enough support for Dartmouth (13-14, 6-4 Ivy) pitcher Evan Gray, who allowed only four hits in six innings.

The only drama was in the bottom of the sixth when Yanagisawa came to plate needing a hit to extend her hitting streak. She delivered a solid single to centerfield.

The Bulldogs scored their run in the third when Kelsey Warkentine and Ong both doubled.

McKynlee Westman also had hit in the game for Yale.

The same two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity