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Bulldogs Bang Out 19 Hits In Season Openers; Fall To Wagner & Norfolk State

Bulldogs Bang Out 19 Hits In Season Openers; Fall To Wagner & Norfolk State

Brennan Has Four Hits, Including Two Doubles To Lead Way

NORFOLK, Va. – Yale put a bunch of runners on base in its first two games of the season. The Bulldogs, though, had trouble getting them home, and the result was a pair of close losses. Yale had 14 hits in its first game, a 9-7 loss to Wagner. The Bulldogs then outhit Norfolk State 5-4 but suffered a 3-1 loss. Yale left nine runners on base in both games.

Hannah Brennan had four hits on the day, including a pair of doubles. Brittany Labbadia was 3-for-6, scored two runs and stole two bases, and Tori Balta also had three hits, including two doubles.

Against Wagner, Yale led 6-2 after four innings, but the Seahawks scored three times in the fifth and four times in the sixth.

The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after two innings but scored three times in the third. Brennan doubled to start the rally and later scored on a Balta double. Labbadia continued the doubles parade to score Balta, and Lauren Delgadillo drove home the final run with a single to left field.

Yale struck for three again in the fourth. Back-to-back doubles from Allie Souza and Balta got things started. Sarah Onorato plated the second run on a fielder's choice, and Delgadillo's sacrifice fly capped the scoring.

After Wagner (1-0) rallied to take the lead, Brennan pulled the Bulldogs within two with an RBI single in the seventh. Yale had the tying run at the plate but couldn't push across any more runs.

"We came out swinging the bats pretty well in the first game and had a few big innings," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "It came down to our last few at bats, and we just missed a dramatic comeback. I was pleased with the way we battled our first time out."

Norfolk State (1-4) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie in Yale's second game of the day.

Trailing 1-0, the Bulldogs tied the score in the second inning when Laina Do singled, stole second and later scored on an error.

Again, Yale didn't go down without a fight. Alex Lucas and Balta singled to open the seventh inning but both were left stranded.

Rhydian Glass and freshman Lindsay Efflandt combined to allow only four hits in the circle.

"Our pitchers kept us in both games and outside of a few pitches we would like to have back, I was proud of their performance in our first outings of the season," Goodwin said.

The Bulldogs conclude play at the Spartan Clash on Sunday when they play Fairleigh Dickinson at 11 a.m.

Brittany Labbadia photo by Rocco Labbadia

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity