March 11, 2007

Bulldogs Start Strong; Top Rider, FDU

March 11, 2007

Yale-Rider Box Score | Yale-FDU Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The schedule said it was the season openers, but the Bulldogs' offense looked to be in midseason form. Yale scored 15 runs, had 19 hits and stole six bases en route to a pair of victories at the Rebel Games. Katie Edwards went 3-for-3 with five RBI as the Bulldogs cruised to a 9-1 victory over Rider (1-5) in the first game, and Christina Guerland and Kyli Hanson each had two hits in a 6-3 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the second game.

"It was a good start," said Yale head coach Barbara Reinalda. "Everybody did their job, and everybody contributed. The hitting was good. We had a couple of defensive mistakes, but it was only our second time on a dirt infield this spring. That's why we're down here. To learn and get better."

In the opener, Rider scored an unearned run in the top of the first, but Yale answered with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Freshman Ashley Sloan led off with an infield single and stole second, the first of her five stolen bases in the two games. Aracelis Torres singled with one out, and Megan Enyeart followed with a two-run double. After Hanson walked, Edwards hit a long three-run homer to left to make it 5-1.

The Bulldogs added three more runs in the fourth. Sloan again ignited the rally with a single. She stole second and scored when Guerland followed with a double. Edwards capped the rally with a two-run single up the middle.

Yale ended the game by virtue of the eight-run rule in the fifth. Jessica Meyer led off with a double to left, and pinch runner Alexandra Canulli scored the last run on a wild pitch.

Rebecca Wojciak pitched the first four innings to earn the victory. She allowed only three hits and struck out five. Freshman Holly Gutterud pitched a scoreless fifth inning.

In the second game, the Bulldogs again scored early. Sloan led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on Guerland's single to left.

Yale added three runs in the third. Torres doubled home the first run and later scored on a throwing error. Gutterud knocked in the third run when she tripled down the right field line.

FDU (0-5) got back in the game by scoring twice in the fourth and once in the sixth.

The Bulldogs, though, added a pair of runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Guerland and run-scoring single from Hanson.

The Knights got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Gutterud, who came on in relief in the sixth inning, worked out of the jam.

Deanna DiBernardi started in the circle for the Bulldogs and allowed two runs in 3.1 innings. KR Ling then came on and did not allow an earned run in two innings.

The Bulldogs play two games on Monday. Yale plays Butler at 11 a.m. and Army at 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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