Delgadillo Shines Against Harvard

Chelsey Dunham
Chelsey Dunham

Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader To Crimson

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale threw a major scare into Ivy League unbeaten Harvard in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Bulldogs had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score in the fifth inning and seemed to have momentum on their side. Harvard, though, responded with three runs in the sixth and went on to a 6-2 win to complete a sweep.

The Crimson won the first game 5-0.

Harvard improved to 11-0 in Ivy play and extended its school-record winning streak to 16.

The losses spoiled a big day for Yale's Lauren Delgadillo, who had four hits and has now reached base at least once in 16 straight games. Laina Do and Sarah Onorato had two hits apiece for Yale.

The Bulldogs also got a strong pitching performance from Chelsey Dunham, who tossed five innings of scoreless relief in the first game and then started the second game. Harvard finally broke through against Dunham in the sixth inning of game two when Andrea Del Conte belted two-run homer to right field.

The Crimson (25-11) had taken a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run double by Katherine Lantz.

The Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom of the third and could have had more. Do doubled and Delgadillo followed with a single. Hannah Brennan then hit a towering fly ball that Harvard leftfielder Catherine Callaway caught just in front of the fence. Do scored on the sacrifice fly. It looked like Yale might add a run, but Harvard centerfielder Shelbi Olsen made a terrific shoe-string catch to rob Camille Weisenbach and end the inning.

The Bulldogs did manage to tie it in the fifth. Tori Balta and Do both reached on errors to start the inning and Delgadillo singled home Do. Harvard pitcher Laura Ricciardone, though, retired the next three hitters to avoid further damage.

Ricciardone, who pitched the final three innings of the second game to earn the win, tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener.

Harvard scored twice in the first inning and three times in the second.

Balta went 1-for-2 with a walk for the Bulldogs.

The same two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity