Onorato Homers In 5-3 Bulldog Win; URI Takes Second Game 13-6
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale softball team couldn't have asked for a better start in its home opener against Rhode Island on Friday. Sarah Onorato hammered the first pitch a Yale batter saw over the centerfield fence. Still, the Bulldogs needed some late-inning dramatics to win the first game 5-3. The Rams rallied to win the second game 13-6.
The first game was tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Labbadia led off with a double. Onorato followed with a single and then stole second. Tori Balta then delivered a clutch single to left. Labbadia scored easily, and Onorato came home when the URI leftfielder misplayed the ball.
Freshman Rhydian Glass pitched a complete game to earn her first career victory. She scattered nine hits and struck out two.
"Rhydian was excellent," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "I was proud of how our defense played behind her, and our bats kept us in the game. All in all, it was a great performance."
Yale outhit the Rams 13-9.
After Onorato's fifth home run of the season gave the Bulldogs the early lead, URI tied it with a run in the second.
The Bulldogs then scored twice in the third. Christy Nelson and Ong both singled and advanced on a wild pitch to start the rally. Kylie Williamson followed with a single and another misplay in the outfield helped two runs score.
The Rams tied it with two runs in the top of the sixth.
It looked like the Bulldogs were on their way to a sweep when they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of the second game.
Liz Tutino started Yale's four-run second with a double. She scored on Onorato's ground out, and Lauren Delgadillo's RBI single and a pair of URI errors resulted in three more runs crossing the plate.
The Rams (5-12) started their comeback by scoring once in the fourth and then scored three times in the fifth, four times in the sixth and five times in the seventh.
"We came out hot with the bats again, but we sat back too much after getting a commanding lead," Goodwin said. "Against a strong offensive team like URI, we can't let up, and we did."
Williamson went the first five innings in the circle for the Bulldogs.
"Kylie kept them off balance," Goodwin said.
The Bulldogs have the weekend off before returning to action next Wednesday when they host a doubleheader against Fairfield starting at 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity