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Onorato Extends Hitting Streak To 15 Games; Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader To Bryant

Christy Nelson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Christy Nelson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Labbadia Has Three Hits On Day For Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a stiff breeze blowing out Wednesday afternoon at Dewitt Family Field, the conditions seemed favorable to a Yale softball team that had hit nine home runs in its last six games. Instead it was Bryant that used the long ball to its advantage. Lauren Guy homered in each game, and Aubrey Mable belted a three-run homer in the opener as Bryant swept the Bulldogs 12-7 and 10-2.

Sarah Onorato had five hits on the day for Yale and extended her hitting streak to 15 games. Brittany Labbadia added four hits and Tori Balta was 3-for-6.

The day got off to a good start for the Bulldogs, who scored four runs in the first inning of the first game.

Onorato started the rally with a double, and Labbadia followed with a triple to right field. Christy Nelson doubled home Labbadia. Balta later added an RBI triple and scored on a throwing error.

The lead, though, didn't last long. Bryant scored five runs in the second inning.

Yale answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Nelson knocked in the first with a double and later scored on a throwing error.

Bryant (9-14) tied it with a run in the fourth and then took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth. The big blow was Guy's two-run homer.

Kelsey Warkentine singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to pull Yale within 9-7, but Bryant sealed the win with three runs in the seventh.

Mable was 4-for-5 and knocked in six runs to lead Bryant's 15-hit attack.

Yale managed 11 hits. Onorato was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Labbadia, Nelson and Balta each had two hits. Warkentine and Jennifer Ong also had hits.

Bryant scored once in each of the first four innings and then erupted for six runs in the fifth inning en route to the victory in the second game.

The Bulldogs (7-17) were limited to five hits. Labbadia's two-run single in the fifth accounted for Yale's runs.

The Bulldogs, who lead the Ivy League's North Division with a 3-1 record, return to action this weekend, hosting doubleheaders against Penn on Friday at 2 p.m. and Columbia on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity