Dunham’s Gem Earns Yale A Split At Sacred Heart

Chelsey Dunham (Sal Onorato photo)

Williamson Provides Offense With Two-Run Triple

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With Yale and Sacred Heart combining for 11 runs and 16 hits, including three home runs, in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, it looked like newly renovated Pioneer Park might be extremely hitter friendly. Chelsey Dunham, though, showed in the second game it's a little early to jump to that conclusion. Dunham tossed a three-hitter as Yale earned a split with a 3-0 victory. The Pioneers won the first game 7-4.

The games were the first in the gorgeous facility.

Kylie Williamson provided all the offense Yale would need in the second game with a two-run triple in the top of the first. Jennifer Ong had led off with a single and advanced to second on Johnson's single up the middle. Williamson followed with a drive to the left center-field gap.

Dunham took it from there. She finished with three strikeouts in posting her first shutout of the season.

The Bulldogs (8-28) added an insurance run in the seventh. Sarah Onorato drew a leadoff walk and alertly advanced all the way to third on Hughes' sacrifice bunt. Ong then drove Onorato home with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Sacred Heart (17-26) threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but Dunham retired Nicole Sidor on a slow roller to first base with the bases loaded to end the game.

Yale outhit the Pioneers 6-3.

Riley Hughes and Chelsea Janes each had two hits, and Christy Nelson homered in the opener for the Bulldogs.

After falling behind 1-0, Yale scored twice in the second to take the lead. Kelsey Warkentine started the rally with a one-out single, and Hughes followed with a single up the middle. Janes then singled to right. Warkentine scored easily from second and Hughes came around to score as well when a relay throw to third was wild.

A fine defensive play by Nelson at third base in the third kept the Pioneers off the board. With runners on first and second, Nelson dove to her left to snare Annie Dreher's hard ground ball and made a strong throw to first from her knees to record the out.

Liz Tsipouras, though, hit the first home run in the new facility and Alyssa Garza added an RBI single in the fourth to give Sacred Heart the lead.

Kate Nadler's grand slam increased Sacred Heart's lead to 7-2 in the fifth.

Nelson belted a two-run homer for the Bulldogs in the sixth to cut the deficit to three. Ong doubled in the seventh for the Bulldogs but was left stranded.

Yale plays a four-game series at Dartmouth this weekend. The doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday begin at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity