Ong Has Four-Hit Day But Yale Drops Pair To Wagner

Hannah Brennan (Sal Onorato photo)

Brennan Doubles Home Two Runs In Second Game

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It looked like the Yale softball team was on its way toward building some positive momentum for this weekend's big four-game series with Harvard. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning of Wednesday's second game against Wagner. Instead, the Seahawks' pitching staff shut down Yale the rest of the way and Wagner went on to complete a doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 victory on a cloudy and chilly day at Dewitt Family Field. The Seahawks won the first game 6-0.

Jennifer Ong had another big day the plate for the Bulldogs (7-24). She reached base twice in the opener, including a single in the first inning, and then went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the second game to raise her average for the season to .363.

Freshman Hannah Brennan added a hit in both games, including a two-run double in the first inning of the second game. Tori Balta also had a pair of hits on the day.

Ong led off the second game for Yale with a single to left. Meg Johnson later walked, and Brennan followed with her double to the right-centerfield gap that glanced off the glove of Wagner centerfielder Cara Donovan. Brennan then scored when Seahawks' first baseman couldn't handle Chelsea Janes's grounder.

Wagner (14-26) scored single runs in the second and third innings but didn't take the lead until Ashley Olsen hit an opposite-field, two-run home run in the fifth. The Seahawks then added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning.

The first game started as a pitcher's duel between Wagner's Samantha Bedker and Yale's Chelsey Dunham. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when the Seahawks broke through for three runs. They added a single run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh.

Bedker finished with a four-hit shutout. She struck out three and walked two.

Dunham struck out six but suffered the loss.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they host a doubleheader with Harvard beginning at 12:30 p.m. The same two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday as well.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity