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Onorato, Warkentine Homer As Yale Splits With Fairfield

Chelsey Dunham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Chelsey Dunham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Onorato Goes Deep In Both Games; Dunham Tosses Shutout

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There were a number of positives in Yale's final tune-ups before the start of Ivy League play. None, though, was more important than the performance turned in by pitcher Chelsey Dunham. Dunham tossed a three-hit shutout as Yale blanked Fairfield 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. The Stags rebounded to win the second game 5-4.

The Bulldogs once again used the long ball to their advantage. Yale had only five hits in the opener, but two were home runs.

Kelsey Warkentine belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and Sarah Onorato added a two-run shot in the sixth.

That was more than enough for Dunham, who got plenty of support from her defense. The biggest play was turned in by shortstop Brittany Labbadia in the first inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Labbadia snared a hard line drive off the bat of Lauren Filicia and alertly threw to first to double off Lauren Liseth, who wandered too far off the base.

Dunham then set down the next eight Fairfield batters.

The Stags, though, also were getting an excellent pitching performance. Rebecca Trott didn't allow a hit through the first four innings. Christy Nelson spoiled the no-hit bid when she doubled with one out in the fifth. Warkentine then hit a shot over the left-centerfield fence.

Fairfield threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but Dunham got pinch-hitter Nicole Capra to ground out.

The Bulldogs added to the lead in the sixth when Labbadia singled and Onorato drilled a pitch well over the left-field fence.

Yale got off to a quick start in the second game when Onorato doubled home Tori Balta in the first.

Onorato second home run of the day in the third made it 2-0. She now has seven homers on the season.

The Stags scored once in the sixth and then erupted for four runs in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead.

Still, Yale rallied in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Hannah Brennan doubled, and Nelson followed with a single. Warkentine drove home the first run with a double. Riley Hughes then singled up the middle. Nelson scored easily from third, but Warkentine was thrown out at the plate by Filicia, the centerfielder. Fairfield pitcher Rae Ball retired the next hitter to end the game.

Jennifer Ong, Nelson and Warkentine all had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Yale outhit the Stags 12-9 but left 11 runners on base.

The games will be televised on CPTV Sports on tape delay. The first game will be shown on Friday at 7 p.m. Both games will be shown on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. CPTV Sports is available only in Connecticut.

The Bulldogs open Ivy League play with a doubleheader at Cornell on Saturday. Yale then plays two at Princeton on Sunday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity