March 31, 2012

Dunham Tosses Gem But Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader At Penn

Nelson Belts Two Doubles For Yale

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Chelsey Dunham pitched one of her best games of the season for the Yale softball team in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Penn. She allowed six hits and only one earned run in six innings. Unfortunately for Dunham, she was matched up with one of the hottest pitchers in the Ivy League. Alexis Borden tossed a three-hitter to lead the Quakers to a 1-0 victory at Penn Park.

The Quakers completed the sweep with a 14-3 victory in the second game.

The only run of the first game came on Kayla Dahlerbruch's home run leading off the bottom of the third inning.

The Bulldogs' best scoring chance against Borden came in the fifth inning. Kylie Williamson led off with a single to left. Virginia Waldrop then laid down a bunt that was misplayed by the second baseman.  With one out, Riley Hughes hit a sharp line drive that was caught by the second baseman, who then turned it into an inning-ending double play.

Yale had another opportunity in the sixth when Christy Nelson doubled with two out, but she was left stranded.

In the seventh, Williamson singled with one out and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Borden, though, struck out the next two hitters to end the game.

Penn (19-10, 4-0 Ivy) seized control of the second game by scoring six times in the first inning.

Yale (7-15, 1-3 Ivy) scored its three runs in the fifth inning. Hughes walked to begin the rally. After a single by Tori Balta and a walk to Nelson, Sarah Onorato drove home two runs with a single up the middle. Nelson later scored on an illegal pitch.

Onorato finished 2-for-3 with the two RBI.

The Bulldogs are back in action next Wednesday when they travel to Rhode Island for a doubleheader. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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