Brennan, Delgadillo Help Bulldogs Split With Brown

Hannah Brennan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hannah Brennan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Brennan Homers, Drives In Four In Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale saved its biggest comeback of the season for the final day. Hannah Brennan hit a three-run home run and Lauren Delgadillo added a two-run single as the Bulldogs rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat Brown 7-5 in the first game of a Senior Day doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field.

The Bears won the second game 5-2 to earn a split.

Brennan was 2-for-3 and knocked in four runs, and Delgadillo had three hits in the opener. Tori Balta and Laina Do each had two hits in the second game for the Bulldogs.

Yale's four seniors – Balta, Chelsey Dunham, Kristen Leung and Alex Lucas – were homered prior to the first game.

The Bulldogs found themselves trailing 5-1 heading to the bottom of the third of the opener. That's when the bats came alive. Do walked and Delgadillo singled to start the rally. Brennan followed with her team-leading fifth home run that pulled Yale within one.

The Bulldogs then took the lead for good with a three-run fourth inning. Rachel Paris was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Lucas followed with a sacrifice bunt. Balta walked and Do was hit by a pitch to load the bases, setting the stage for Delgadillo, who came through with a two-run single to right to put Yale in front. Brennan followed with an RBI double to cap the scoring.

Freshman pitcher Lindsay Efflandt was stellar in relief. She tossed 4.1 innings and allowed only one hit to earn the victory.

The Bulldogs had only five hits in the game but benefitted from five walks.

In the second game, Brown scored all five of its runs in the first inning.

Allie Souza singled home Sarah Onorato in the second to get Yale on the board.

The Bulldogs added another run in the fourth when Balta doubled home Camille Weisenbach.

Yale had other chances to score but left eight runners on base.

After the first inning, Leung shut down the Bears the rest of the way in her final career start in the circle.

Despite the loss in their final game, the Bulldogs closed the season by taking three of four games from Brown.

Delgadillo reached base in both games. She ended the season by reaching base at least once in each of her final 22 games.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity