March 31, 2013

More Extra Inning Heroics Earn Yale A Split At Princeton

Bulldogs Win Second Game In Eight Innings

PRINCETON, N.J. – Extra innings once again were kind to the Yale softball team. Riley Hughes' ground out scored Tori Balta, snapping a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and helping Yale to a 3-2 victory over Princeton in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Class of 1895 Field. The Tigers won the first game 6-1.

The Bulldogs (7-15) had opened Ivy play by winning two extra inning games on Saturday at Cornell.

After the first weekend of league play, Yale sits atop the North Division with a 3-1 record. It is the best start for the Bulldogs since the league went to the division format in 2007.

"After a day like yesterday, we knew we would have to come out focused, and we didn't do that in the first game," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "It was good to see us bounce back in the second game and get home winning three out of four. We have some things to build off of and some other things to work on, so we are in a great place."

Sarah Onorato continued her hot hitting, collecting four hits in the two games. She now has at least one hit in 12 consecutive games. Christy Nelson added three hits.

Balta reached on an error leading off the eighth inning of the second game. Hannah Brennan followed with a double to centerfield before Hughes' grounder to short gave the Bulldogs the lead.

The first two hitters reached for Princeton in the bottom of the eighth, but Rhydian Glass retired the next three hitters to cap a strong performance in the circle. She went all eight innings, scattering eight hits.

Onorato and Nelson executed a successful double steal in the first inning to give the Bulldogs the early lead.

After Princeton tied it in the fourth, Yale regained the lead with a run in the fifth when Kelsey Warketine drew a bases loaded walk.

The Tigers, though, answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

The Bulldogs were held to five hits in the first game. Princeton (17-9, 3-1 Ivy) seized control early with a three-run first inning.

Yale scored its run in the seventh on Allie Souza's RBI single.

Warkentine was 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs.

Yale plays its next six games in the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field, starting with a doubleheader against Bryant on Wednesday. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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