March 9, 2004
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- After struggling at the plate in their first two games on Monday, the Bulldogs broke out in a big way on Tuesday. Yale banged out 16 hits en route to beating Butler 3-1 and George Mason 6-4 at the Rebel Games. Emily Lederer and Jessica Meyer both had RBI singles in the win over Butler, while Leah Kelley, Britni Fabacher and Niki Haab all had two hits in the win over George Mason.
"In the preseason, I thought hitting would be a strength, but I was a little concerned after last night," said Yale head coach Andy Van Etten. "Luckily, the team responded and played very well."
Beth Pavlicek pitched five hitless innings and had six strikeouts in the win over Butler. The Bulldogs (2-2) scored twice in the fourth inning. Kristy Kwiatkowski singled, stole second and later scored on a throwing error. Lederer drove home the second run with a single to center. Yale added an insurance run in the sixth when Chelsea Kanyer doubled and scored on a Meyer single.
Against George Mason, Ashley Linnenbank pitched four scoreless innings and struck out four. Kanyer drove home the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in second inning. Britni Fabacher tripled later in the inning and scored on a Haab double. Pavlicek doubled home two more runs in the third inning.
"These were big wins for us and will help boost our confidence," Kwiatkowski said. "We executed really well in all parts of the game."
Added Pavlicek, "We executed offensively and played solid defense. These were two good team victories."
The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday. They play Eastern Kentucky at 8:50 a.m. and Lehigh at 10:40 a.m.