KINGSTON, R.I. – With a brisk wind blowing in from centerfield, the conditions at the URI Softball Complex on Wednesday didn't seem conducive to a big offensive day. Still, Yale managed 11 hits in the first game, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs it wasn't enough. Rhode Island was a bit more economical, scoring five runs on nine hits en route to a 5-3 victory. The Rams completed the sweep with a 7-0 win in the second game.
Yale nearly pulled off a big comeback in the opener. Trailing by four entering the seventh inning, the Bulldogs rallied. Meg Johnson and Jennifer Ong singled to start the inning. After Tori Balta's sacrifice bunt, Christy Nelson singled home Johnson. Kylie Williamson's infield single knocked home Ong and put the tying run on base. Hannah Brennan then hit a liner that looked like it might be headed to the gap, but URI rightfielder Alison Hartzell was able to make a running catch to end the game.
The Bulldogs (7-17) struck first in the game, using a two-out rally to score in the first. Nelson singled and scored when Sarah Onorato followed with a blast to left field. On most days it probably would have been a home run, but the wind knocked it down so it one-hopped the fence and went for an RBI double.
URI tied it with a run in the bottom of the first and scored again in the second. The Rams scored twice in the third and added a single run in the sixth.
Ong, Nelson, Williamson and Johnson all had two hits for Yale. Brennan and Virginia Waldrop also had hits.
The Bulldogs' bats were kept silent in the second game by URI pitcher Erika Szymanski, who limited Yale to one hit.
Szymanski retired the first 12 hitters before Onorato reached on an error leading off the fifth.
The Bulldogs were only down 2-0 when Ong singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth. It looked like that might be the start of a rally when Balta reached on an error. Instead, Szymanski retired the next hitter to get out of the jam.
Rhode Island (13-16) then put the game away by scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field on Friday with a doubleheader against Princeton. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can listen to free audio of the game by clicking here.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity