Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader To Cornell
NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Playing at home for the first time this season, Lauren Delgadillo belted her first homerun of the season and knocked in a pair of runs in the second game of a doubleheader and teammate Brittany Labbadia collected three hits to lead the Yale offense. The Bulldogs dropped both games, however, falling to Cornell by a 3-0 count in the first game and 5-3 in the second contest at Dewitt Family Field on Friday afternoon.
Delgadillo homered in game two and tied up the contest to help Yale erase a three-run deficit.
The Big Red opened the scoring in the third inning taking advantage of a two-out error and pushing across three runs in the frame.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the bottom of the inning after Labbadia doubled to right field and then came around to score on a double by Tori Balta to make it 3-1.
Cornell threatened to add to the lead in the top of the fifth after loading the bases with one out, but Kristen Leung came on in relief and kept the score intact by inducing a pair of groundouts.
Yale pounced on the opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the inning when Labbadia led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Delgadillo then followed with a line drive homerun to opposite field to tie the game at 3-3.
The momentum was short-lived, as the Big Red pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the sixth that proved to be the difference.
The first game of the day was a scoreless deadlock through six innings despite both teams having chances to push across runs.
Cornell loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third before Lindsay Efflandt worked out of the jam by inducing a force out at home plate and then a ground out to shortstop to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth the Bulldogs' Sarah Onorato drew a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. A walk to Carolyn McGuire put runners on first and second, before a pop fly got Cornell out of the inning.
Cornell managed to break through in the top of the seventh and scored three runs with two outs to account for the winning margin.
Yale is back in action on Saturday against Ivy foe, Princeton. First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.
Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity