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Bulldogs Return Home To Host Sacred Heart

Allie Souza. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Allie Souza. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Pioneers Feature Duel Threat Nicole Sidor

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There is little question who Yale's focus will be on when Sacred Heart visits Dewitt Family Field for Wednesday's doubleheader. Nicole Sidor stars both at the plate and in the circle for the Pioneers. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m., and CPTV Sports will televise the games on tape delay to its Connecticut viewers.

Sidor is certainly a dual threat. She leads the team in batting average (.388), hits (47), doubles (11) and total bases (76). She also is the team's top pitcher with a 1.46 earned run average and 135 strikeouts in 139 innings.

The Bulldogs (8-26) had a pair of record setting performances over the weekend. Sarah Onorato set the single season school record with her 11th home run in Saturday's second game against Harvard. Onorato, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday, is fifth in the nation in doubles per game (0.41) and 15th in slugging percentage (.874). Her 14 doubles on the season are two shy of the school record.

Christy Nelson became Yale's all-time home run leader when she belted her 18th career homer in Sunday's second game with Harvard. She broke the mark that was shared by Shayna Filson '04 and Katie Edwards '09.

As a team, Yale has hit 22 homers this spring, which is seven shy of the school record set in 2006.

The long ball also is a big part of Sacred Heart's offense. The Pioneers (18-20) have hit 18 home runs. Annie Dreher is the leader with eight.

Yale split a doubleheader with the Pioneers last year in Fairfield. Chelsey Dunham tossed a three-hit shutout in the second game for the Bulldogs. Kylie Williamson had the key hit in the game, a two-run triple. Sacred Heart won the first game 7-4.

CPTV Sports will air of the games on Friday starting at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity