Bulldogs Knock Off Cleveland State, Monmouth

March 12, 2008

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Allie Canulli's two-out, two-run single in the first inning helped lead Yale to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State at the Rebel Games. Kayla Kuretch pitched four innings and allowed just one run to earn her second victory of the season. The Bulldogs (3-3) completed a sweep when they defeated Monmouth 5-0. KR Ling and Holly Gutterud combined on the shutout for Yale.

Against Cleveland State, the Bulldogs scored both their runs in the first inning. Ashley Sloan led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Lauren Huddleston's single. After two ground outs, Canulli delivered a clutch two-run single to centerfield.

Kuretich pitched the first four innings and allowed just three hits. She was relieved by Deanna DiBernardi, who tossed three innings of one-hit relief to earn a save.

The Vikings (5-3) scored their run in the fourth. With one out and the bases loaded, Danielle Young hit a slow roller to first. Megan Enyeart fielded it cleanly and threw home, but Amanda Kern beat the throw. Kuretch, though, retired the next two hitters to avoid further damage.

DiBernardi came on in the fifth and set down the first six hitters she faced. Young led off the seventh with a single to right and advanced to second on Andrea Nagy's sacrifice bunt. DiBernardi then got Jessica Burt to pop up to second and Whitney Willard to fly out to center to end the game.

The Bulldogs outhit Cleveland State 8-4. Sloan and Aracelis Torres each had two hits. McKynlee Westman and Courtney Blachford also had hits.

Against Monmouth, Yale took advantage of two errors to score three times in the third. Tracy Timm capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Bulldogs tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Blachford led off with a walk and moved to second on Sloan's single. Katie Yanagisawa's bunt single loaded the bases. Blachford then scored on a wild pitch, and Katie Edwards drove home the final run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Monmouth had runners on base in six of the seven innings, but some fine Yale defense prevented the Hawks from scoring. Torres robbed Nicole Alvarez of a hit in the third when she went deep in the hole at shortstop to snare a hard grounder and threw to first from her knees.

Sloan had two more hits to raise her season average to .500.

Ling pitched the first four innings and struck out two to earn her first victory of the season. Gutterud went the last three and scattered three hits to earn a save.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they play Butler at 9 a.m. and Cleveland State at 11 a.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Pubicity

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