April 20, 2013

Dartmouth Spoils Alumni Day With Doubleheader Sweep

Onorato Ties Single-Season Double Record

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale honored the 1993 Ivy League champion softball team between games of Saturday's doubleheader with Dartmouth. The short ceremony seemed to inspire the 2013 Bulldogs. Yale built an 8-1 lead after two innings of the second game, but Dartmouth rallied and escaped with a 10-8 victory. The Big Green won the first game 10-1.

Sarah Onorato went 3-for-7 in the two games for the Bulldogs, raising her Ivy League leading batting average to .416. She also hit her 16th double of the season, tying her with teammate Jennifer Ong for the single-season Yale record. Ong had 16 doubles in 2011.

Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley was nearly unhittable in the first game. She also started the second game but was roughed up by Yale. Trailing 1-0, the Bulldogs erupted for five runs in the first inning. Onorato started it with her record-tying double. Tori Balta followed with a bunt single. Onorato then scored on a throwing error by the catcher, and Christy Nelson drove home Balta with a single. Riley Hughes' two-run double made it 4-1, and Ong capped the scoring with an RBI double.

Yale knocked Rumley from the game in the second inning and scored three more runs. Brittany Labbadia started the rally with a single to left. She promptly stole second and later scored on an error. Onorato also singled and scored on an error, and Hughes added an RBI single.

It looked like the Bulldogs might score more as they had the bases loaded with only one out. That is when Yale's good fortune started to end. Ong hit a sharp ball that appeared to be ticketed for centerfield. Dartmouth pitcher Morgan McCalmon, though, got just enough of it to deflect it to shortstop Katie McEachern, who stepped on second and threw to first to complete a double play.

The Big Green (19-17, 10-4 Ivy) then slowly started to chip away at the lead. They scored three times in the third and twice in the fourth.

Meanwhile McCalmon shut down Yale the rest of the way. She allowed only two hits and struck out eight in 6.2 innings of quality relief.

Dartmouth finally tied it with two runs in the sixth.

Yale threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Hannah Brennan was hit by a pitch leading off. Kelsey Warkentine then advanced pinch runner Chelsey Dunham to second base with a sacrifice bunt. McCalmon, though, retired the next two hitters to get out of the jam.

Hillary Hubert  delivered a clutch, two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning for the Big Green.

Hubert was a thorn in Yale's side all day. She hit two home runs in the first game as the Big Green cruised to the 10-1 win.

Dartmouth remains in a first-place tie with Harvard in the Ivy League's North Division.

Eleven representatives of the 1993 team returned to New Haven and were honored between games. They were Kelli Bartlett-Philpott, Helise Coopersmith, Christy Hughes, Toni Fortunato, Stefani Kirchoff, Eliana LeVine, Erika Olsen, Karin Przygocki, Jennifer Surface, Cindy Teti and captain Becky Huinker. Team manager Preston Bost also was on hand.

The 1993 Bulldogs won a school-record 31 games, captured the Ivy League title and participated in the ECAC and National Invitational post season championships. Yale was a perfect 7-0 in Ivy play and at one point in the year won 13 straight games, which remains the longest winning streak in school history. The team also set school records with 338 hits, 392 total bases and a .289 batting average. Seven players earned All-Ivy League recognition and pitcher Surface was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Yale and Dartmouth will play another doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity