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Onorato's Hitting Streak Reaches 19; Bulldogs Drop Pair To Columbia

Sarah Onorato. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sarah Onorato. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Limited To Eight Hits On Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sarah Onorato provided very little drama when it came to extending her hitting streak to 19 games Saturday. She doubled in her first bat in each game of the doubleheader with Columbia.

There was still plenty of tension in the first game for the big crowd that gathered at Dewitt Family Field. Unfortunately it was the Bulldogs' hearts that were broken. Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, Yale rallied for one run and had the bases loaded with only one out. Columbia pitcher Emily Kenyon, though, retired the next two hitters as the Lions escaped with 2-1 victory. Columbia then went on to complete the sweep with a 7-2 victory in the second game.

Kenyon had limited the Bulldogs to only one hit entering the seventh inning of the first game, but Christy Nelson opened the final frame with a single to left. Kelsey Warkentine then walked and Riley Hughes drove home Nelson with a single to get Yale on the board. After the first out, Hannah Brennan singled to load the bases, and it looked like all the pieces were in place for a dramatic comeback. Kenyon, though, got a strike out and a fly out to seal the victory for Columbia.

Chelsey Dunham was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the Bulldogs. She allowed only five hits and one earned run in seven innings.

Columbia (15-15, 4-4 Ivy) scored once in the first and once in the seventh.

The Lions banged out 13 hits in the second game. They scored once in the first and three times in the third to seize control early.

Brooke Darling was dominant in the circle for the Lions, striking out nine and allowing only four hits.

The Bulldogs (7-21, 3-5 Ivy) scored their two runs in the seventh. Brennan singled and Ong walked to start the rally. Dunham, pinch running for Brennan, scored when Allie Souza reached on an error. Ong and Souza then executed a successful double steal to account for the second run.

Onorato's first-inning double was Yale's only extra base hit of the game. Tori Balta also had a hit.

Brennan had a hit in each game and also drew a walk.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at Wagner. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity