March 28, 2012

Seventh-Inning Comeback Falls One-Run Short in Opener As Yale Drops Doubleheader At Fairfield

Onorato Has Four Hits On Day For Bulldogs

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – There were no extra innings in Yale's Wednesday doubleheader with Fairfield. That doesn't mean there wasn't drama. The Bulldogs nearly pulled off a big seventh-inning rally in the first game but came up one run short and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Stags. Fairfield went on to win the second game 6-2.

Sarah Onorato had four hits in the two games for Yale, which had played extra innings in four of its previous six games entering the day.

The Bulldogs trailed 5-1 entering the seventh inning of the first game but as they have all season fought to the last out. Chelsea Janes walked to start the rally, and Kelsey Warkentine followed with a single to centerfield. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, and Riley Hughes delivered a sacrifice fly to centerfield. After the second out, Tori Balta singled, driving home Warkentine and keeping the Bulldogs alive. Onorato then pulled Yale within one when she doubled home Balta and took third on an error. Fairfield pitcher Rebecca Trott, though, retired the next hitter to end the game.

The Stags (14-15) scored four runs in the first inning to grab the lead. The big blow was a three-run home run by Rae Ball.

After that, Yale pitcher Kylie Williamson settled down beautifully. She allowed only four more hits over the next four innings and in one stretch retired eight straight hitters. Alex Lucas pitched the sixth inning for the Bulldogs.

Yale (6-12) started its comeback with a run in the fifth. Hughes singled and advanced to second on an error. Jennifer Ong followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Onorato was 3-for-4 in the game, and Christy Nelson added a pair of hits, including a double.

In the second game, Meg Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Bulldogs.

This time it was Yale that jumped out to the early lead on Johnson's RBI ground out in the first.

Fairfield, though, used the long ball again in the bottom of the first. After Lauren Liseth's sacrifice fly tied the score, Alli Wigland homered to give the Stags the lead.

Fairfield added three more runs in the fourth to seize control. The Bulldogs got one back in the fifth on Onorato's RBI single and threatened for more by loading the bases but couldn't capitalize.

Chelsey Dunham pitched five innings, allowing only three earned runs for Yale. Kristen Leung tossed a scoreless sixth inning.

The start of the doubleheader was delayed approximately 30 minutes after some rain showers moved through the area early in the afternoon.

The Bulldogs open Ivy League play with doubleheaders against Columbia on Friday at 2 p.m. and Penn on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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