Yale Drops Both Games To Lions
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The weather cooperated, at least a little bit, and the Yale softball team was able to get in its Ivy League opening doubleheader with Columbia on Sunday. The Bulldogs saw a comeback fall short in the opener, a 3-2 Columbia victory, and then dropped the second game 8-0.
Hannah Brennan homered in the first game, but the Yale offense was held in check by the Lions, who are 4-0 in Ivy play. The Bulldogs managed just four hits in the two games.
Nevertheless, Yale (3-15) was in the first game right until the final out. Columbia scored two runs in the second, but the Bulldogs pulled within one in sixth. Laina Do doubled to start the rally, moved to third on Sarah Onorato's ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly from Brittany Labbadia.
Columbia tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth, and that turned out to be very important when Brennan homered to center field leading off the seventh. Yale's next three hitters were retired, and the Lions held on for the win.
Freshman Lindsay Efflandt pitched well for the Bulldogs. She struck out three and yielded only two earned runs in six innings.
Columbia got off to an early lead in game 2 by scoring five runs in the first inning. The Lions then added three more in the third.
Labbadia and Tori Balta managed the only two hits for Yale.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Penn on Monday starting at 3 p.m.
Lindsay Efflandt photo by Rocco Labbadia
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity