Senior Day Sweep; Bulldogs Take Two From Brown In Season Finales

Meg Johnson and Kelsey Warkentine celebrate after the final out. (Sal Onorato photo)

Janes, Johnson, Waldrop Shine In Final Games

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was Senior Day on Saturday at Dewitt Family Field, and the three Yale seniors playing their last games sure made the most of it. Meg Johnson went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the first game, Chelsea Janes had four hits and knocked in two runs and Virginia Waldrop made a pair of terrific catches in right field as the Bulldogs closed out the season by sweeping a doubleheader from Brown, winning the first game 8-1 and the second game 1-0.

The seniors received plenty of support. Christy Nelson homered in the first game, and Kristen Leung pitched a five-hit shutout in the second game.

Jennifer Ong had a hit in each game to extend her hitting streak to 14 games.

In the opener, Yale scored in every inning but one and had 12 hits in the game.

Brown scored first in the top of the first, but the lead was short lived. The Bulldogs answered with two in the bottom of the first. Ong walked to lead off and moved to second on Riley Hughes's sacrifice bunt. Nelson followed with her towering home run to left field.

In the second, Kelsey Warkentine doubled and scored on Ong's two-out single to center.

Yale then broke it open with a three-run third inning. Nelson started it with a double that banged off the fence in right-centerfield. Johnson followed with a bunt single. Tori Balta's sacrifice fly drove home the first run, and Janes followed with an RBI single. The third run scored on an error.

Johnson's single in the fourth scored Hughes in the fourth to make it 7-1, and Janes's RBI single in the fifth capped the scoring.

Chelsey Dunham was the beneficiary of all the offense. She scattered six hits to earn her team-leading eighth win of the season.

Leung was outstanding in the second game in tossing her first career complete-game shutout.

Yale scored the only run of the game in the first inning when Johnson singled home Ong.

Both teams finished with five hits.

Yale's defense was outstanding, turning three double plays in the game.

The Bulldogs (12-34, 5-15 Ivy) had a couple of opportunities to add to their lead. In the fifth, Janes led off with a single and moved to second on Waldrop's sacrifice bunt. Ong followed with an infield single and Nelson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brown pitcher Denise vsn der Goot, though, retired the next hitter to get out of the jam.

Brown (10-27, 7-13 Ivy) threatened in the seventh, putting two runners on base, but Leung got Erika Mueller to ground out to short to end the game.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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