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Delgadillo’s Walk-Off Home Run Makes Yale A 6-5 Winner Over New Mexico

Riley Hughes (Sal Onorato photo)
Riley Hughes (Sal Onorato photo)

Bulldogs Fall To No. 18 Washington In Second Game Of Day

SEATTLE – The Yale softball team is only seven games into the 2013 season, but the Bulldogs already have their first dramatic victory. Lauren Delgadillo led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to left-center field to lift Yale to a thrilling 6-5 victory over New Mexico in its first game of the day at the Husky Classic at the University of Washington.

The Bulldogs (2-5) fell to No. 18 Washington 12-3 in the second game.

Delgadillo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI against New Mexico. Riley Hughes and Jennifer Ong each had two hits. Freshman Rhydian Glass started in the circle and struck out six in 5.2 innings. Kristen Leung earned the victory in relief, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings.

It didn't look like the Bulldogs were going to need any late-inning heroics after they scored five runs in the first inning. Ong led off with a double, and Tori Balta followed with a single. Delgadillo and Hughes then delivered back-to-back RBI singles. Hannah Brennan drew a bases loaded walk to force home the third run. Allie Souza added an RBI single, and Ong capped the rally with her second hit, an infield single that scored Hughes.

New Mexico (13-14) got right back in it with four runs in the second. The Lobos then tied it with a run in the sixth, setting up the dramatic finish.

"We came out ready to play today," said Yale head coach Jen Goodwin. "Whenever you get five runs in your first at bat, you know it will be a good day. We battled down to our very last at bat. Playing a great team like New Mexico and winning in our last at bat, there's not a better feeling."

Ong, Balta and Hughes had hits in the second game against Washington. The game was scoreless after two innings, but the Huskies (18-5) scored four times in the third and five times in the fourth.

Yale scored its three runs in the fifth with the help of some wildness from Washington's pitcher. Christy Nelson and Kelsey Warkentine walked and Hughes singled to load the bases. Ong, Sarah Onorato and Balta all drew bases loaded walks.

"Playing a top-25 team was a great experience for our team, and we swung the bat well against some of the top pitching in the country," Goodwin said. "We competed and held them scoreless for a few innings. Once they got their timing down it was tough to hold them back, but I'm very proud of our performance in the tournament."

After a day off on Monday, the Bulldogs play a doubleheader at Seattle University of Tuesday. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity