Yale Plays Two Against Friars Wednesday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The season is only two weeks old, but the Yale softball team is showing a knack for the long ball. The Bulldogs have already hit eight home runs, more than all of last season. Yale hopes to add to that total in a single game with Providence on Thursday at 4 p.m. The teams were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader on Wednesday, but it was postponed.
A pair of youngsters – sophomore Sarah Onorato and freshman Lauren Delgadillo – have supplied most of the power. Onorato began the week 50th in the nation in home runs (4, 0.31 per game). She has homered in three of the last six games. Delgadillo has three home runs, including going deep in both of Yale's games on Saturday at the Stony Brook Invitational.
Yale (2-11) had a number of strong offensive performances at Stony Brook. Christy Nelson hit .429 with a homer and five RBI in the five games. Freshman Brittany Labbadia batted .385, while Liz Tutino hit .375.
The Bulldogs figure to need plenty of offense against a Providence team that has a .298 team batting average and is averaging nearly 4.5 runs per game. The Friars (8-13) have six players hitting better than .300, led by Stephanie Kiesel (.391). Kiara Amos (4.84 ERA) has started 13 games in the circle.
Providence swept a doubleheader from Yale last year, winning the second game 4-3 in nine innings. Tori Balta had a hit in each game for the Bulldogs.
The Friars lead the all-time series 30-19-1.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity