Hughes Gets Three Hits For Yale In Twinbill
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As expected, the Yale softball team saw plenty of pitcher Morgan Lashley in Wednesday's doubleheader with Army. Lashley throws just about every game for the Black Knights and entered the day with 27 wins, which ties for the most in all of Division I softball. The Bulldogs got 20 hits off Lashley, who went the distance in each game, but unfortunately it didn't turn out to be quite enough.
Alexis AuBuchon belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning of the first game to lift Army to an 8-6 victory. Lashley was then more effective in the second game, limiting Yale to six hits in a 2-1 Black Knights win.
Both games ended in very frustrating fashion for the Bulldogs (10-32). In the seventh inning of the opener, Yale had the bases loaded with one out. Virginia Waldrop hit a line drive, but Army shortstop April Ortenzo snared it and stepped on second to complete a game-ending double play.
Yale had similar bad luck in the second game. With the bases again loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Meg Johnson hit a shot that was caught by second baseman Alex Reynolds. She made a quick throw to Ortenzo, who was covering second, to complete yet another game-ending double play.
Army (33-15) has won 12 straight games.
Yale jumped on Lashley quickly in the first game. Jennifer Ong led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Christy Nelson walked, Onorato hit a drive through a stiff breeze and over the left-field fence to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. It was Onorato's first career home run.
It stayed that way until the fifth when Nelson doubled and scored on Johnson's single to make it 4-1.
Army, though, erupted for four runs in the sixth to take the lead, but it was short lived as Yale answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Hannah Brennan started the rally with one-out double. Waldrop followed with a single and Ong drove home pinch-runner Tori Balta with a single. Ong later scored on a throwing error.
Yale was one out from the victory but AuBuchon delivered an opposite field three-run homer to right.
Yale outhit the Black Knights 14-9.
In the second game, Kristen Leung pitched very well for the Bulldogs. She yielded only five hits and struck out three but was the hard-luck loser.
Army scored once in the first and added a big insurance run in the fifth.
The Bulldogs, as they have done all season, fought until the last out. Waldrop reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Ong followed with a single to left, and Hughes delivered an RBI single to right. After Nelson walked to load the bases, Johnson hit into the very unlucky, game-ending double play.
Ong had a hit in each game, extending her streak to 10 games.
Yale closes out the season with a four-game series against Brown. The first two games are Friday in Providence at 2 p.m. The teams then meet at Dewitt Family Field on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Senior Day.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity