Errors Prove Costly For Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Heading into the seventh inning of Wednesday's second game with Sacred Heart, all the momentum seemed to be on Yale's side. The Bulldogs had just scored three runs to pull within 7-6. Despite still trailing, Yale had to feel pretty good about it chances to complete the comeback, especially with the top of the order due up in the bottom of the seventh.
Sacred Heart, though, had other ideas. The Pioneers erupted for eight runs in the top of the seventh. The Bulldogs then went quietly in the bottom of the inning and Sacred Heart had completed a doubleheader sweep with a 15-6 victory. The Pioneers won the first game 8-0.
The big inning was the end of a frustrating day for Yale, which committed nine errors that led to 11 unearned runs.
The first game was shaping up to be a pitcher's duel. Yale's Chelsey Dunham retired the first 10 batters she faced. SHU's Adrianna Mallory wasn't nearly as dominant, but she kept the Bulldogs off the board. Yale put two runners on base in both the second and third innings but couldn't capitalize.
The Pioneers (20-20) then got to Dunham for two runs in the fourth and put the game away with a six-run sixth inning.
Sacred Heart jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game. The Bulldogs got one back in the second on Jennifer Ong's RBI single. The Pioneers scored twice in the top of the third, but Yale answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
After Sacred Heart scored twice more in the fourth, the Bulldogs rallied for three runs in the sixth. Riley Hughes drove home the first run with a single, and Lucas followed with a two-run double to left field.
Malloy, though, came on in relief and avoided further damage.
The Pioneers outhit Yale 11-9 in the game.
The Bulldogs return to Ivy League play this weekend when they host doubleheaders against Dartmouth on Saturday and Sunday. The action begins at 12:30 p.m. on both days.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity