Bulldogs Edge Sacred Heart 3-2; Blank Wagner 3-0
March 10, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Deanna DiBernardi pitched a complete game, allowed only one earned run and struck out five as Yale edged Sacred Heart 3-2 in eight innings at the Rebel Games. Kyli Hanson went 2-for-4 and scored two runs for the Bulldogs. In its second game of the day, Yale blanked Wagner 3-0. Peggy Hunt pitched a three-hitter with three strikeouts.
Against Sacred Heart, the Bulldogs scored twice in the top of the eighth. DiBernardi was placed on second base to start the inning. Hanson then singled up the middle and when the ball was misplayed by the centerfielder, DiBernardi was able to score. Christina Guerland followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved Hanson to third. Aracelis Torres then hit a slow roller to second. Sacred Heart's Ashley McDonough tried to get the out at the plate, but Hanson beat the throw.
The Pioneers scored once in the bottom of the eighth. Melissa Mezzanotte was placed on second and scored on pinch-hitter Betsy Harvey's double. DiBernardi, though, retired Megan Spehar on a pop out to second and McDonough on a grounder to second to end the game.
Yale broke a scoreless tie by scoring once in the fourth. Hanson led off with a single to deep shortstop, moved to second on Guerland's sacrifice bunt and scored on a Torres single to right-center.
The lead was shortlived as Sacred Heart tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Spehar doubled home Mezzanotte with two outs.
DiBernardi worked out of several jams in the first three innings. She retired Jacqui Riley with the bases loaded to end the first inning and got Riley to pop out to second with the bases loaded to end the third. The Pioneers left 13 runners on base in the game.
Against Wagner, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Guerland started the rally with a one-out single. After Torres walked, Parks hit a grounder to second that was misplayed allowing Guerland to score from second. Torres scored the second run on a balk.
Hunt cruised through the Wagner lineup. In one stretch she retired 11 batters in a row.
The Bulldogs are off until Sunday when they play Eastern Illinois at 12:30 p.m. and Butler at 4:10 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity