Late Rally Falls Short At Sacred Heart

Rachel Paris
Rachel Paris

Delgadillo Homers In 5-3 Loss To Pioneers

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The first inning has not been kind to the Yale softball team this season. That was the case again Wednesday at Sacred Heart. The Pioneers scored three runs in the opening frame and went on to a 5-3 victory over the Bulldogs on a cold and windy afternoon at Pioneer Field.

Yale has now been outscored 33-8 in first inning. As they have all season, the Bulldogs fought until the last out. Yale had the tying runs on base in the seventh inning but couldn't convert.

Tori Balta, Sarah Onorato and Hannah Brennan each had two hits for the Bulldogs, and Lauren Delgadillo belted her third home run of the season.

Yale started its comeback in the second. Onorato led off with a single, advanced to third on Brennan's double and scored when Rachel Paris reached on an error.

Sacred Heart (12-17) made it 4-1 with a run in the third, but the Bulldogs refused to quit.

Delgadillo homered in the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-2, but the Pioneers added another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Balta's RBI double in the sixth capped the scoring.

Yale had a chance to tie in the seventh when Delgadillo reached on an error and Brennan walked with two out. SHU pitcher Kacie Wentworth, though, retired the next hitter to end the game.

The Bulldogs return to Ivy League play this weekend when they host back-to-back doubleheaders with Harvard. The first pitch on both Saturday and Sunday is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity