Delgadillo Has Big Opening Day For Bulldogs

Sarah Onorato (Sal Onorato photo)
Sarah Onorato (Sal Onorato photo)

Yale Drops Doubleheader to Central Connecticut

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Freshman Lauren Delgadillo had an impressive debut for the Yale softball team. Delgadillo had three hits in opening day doubleheader against Central Connecticut, but the Bulldogs dropped both games, falling 8-1 and 3-1 on a chilly afternoon at the CCSU Softball Complex.

Big innings doomed Yale. The Blue Devils (4-3) snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fifth inning in the opener and then used a three-run first inning to take the nightcap.

Riley Hughes, Sarah Onorato, Jennifer Ong and Hannah Brennan all had hits on the day for the Bulldogs.

Ong's single in the first game extended her hitting streak to 15 games dating back to last season, but she was held hitless in Game 2.

The Blue Devils, who won a school-record 31 games last year, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the first game. Yale tied it with a run in the fourth. Delgadillo and Brittany Labbadia both reached on errors. Hughes then plated Delgadillo with a clutch two-out RBI single.

Chelsey Dunham started in the circle for Yale, struck out four and yielded only one earned run in six innings.

In the second game, the Bulldogs jumped in front with a run in the first inning. Ong reached on an error leading off the game, and Onorato was hit by a pitch. Christy Nelson advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Delgadillo followed with a single to right that scored Ong. It looked like Yale might tack on at least one more run, but Tori Balta's line drive was snared by the Central Connecticut pitcher.

The Blue Devils then answered with three runs in the bottom of the first.

Freshman pitcher Rhydian Glass settled down nicely after that, allowing only one more hit in her collegiate debut. Only one of the runs in the first inning was earned.

The Bulldogs head to the Husky Softball Classic at the University of Washington this weekend. Yale begins play in the tournament on Friday, facing Bradley and Ohio University. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity