March 15, 2009
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Megan Enyeart made sure Yale's stay at the Rebel Games had a happy ending. Her two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Bulldogs a thrilling 6-5 victory over Wagner. Yale blanked Army 3-0 in its first game of the day. Rebecca Wojciak pitched a three-hit shutout. The Bulldogs end their annual spring break trip with a 6-6 overall record.
Against Wagner, Yale led 4-1 after five innings, but the Seahawks erupted for four runs in the sixth, setting up the dramatic finish.
Katie Yanagisawa led off the seventh with a single to left, and Ashley Sloan followed with a bunt single. Lauren Huddleston then laid down a sacrifice bunt, and when Wagner's second baseman dropped the throw to first, the Bulldogs had the bases loaded. After the first out, Enyeart ripped a single to left. Yanagisawa scored easily from third and Sloan raced home from second with the winning run, setting off a celebration in the Yale dugout.
Kayla Kuretich pitched 1.2 innings of relief to earn her third win. Deanna DiBernardi started and struck out four in 5.1 innings. Sloan, Enyeart and freshman Meg Johnson all had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Yale took a 1-0 lead in the second on Johnson's RBI single. Sloan helped the Bulldogs manufacture a run in the third. She led off with a bunt single, stole second and then stole third and scored when the throw got away.
The Seahawks (1-8) pulled to within 2-1 in the top of the fourth, but Yale answered with two in the bottom of the inning. Lexi Peacock singled, and Johnson followed with her first career home run, a long blast over the right-field fence.
Wojciak was outstanding in the win over Army. She allowed only an infield single and had three strikeouts through the first three innings. In the fourth, she got some help from her defense as Yanagisawa ranged far to her left to field a grounder and threw out Angela Deger at first.
Huddleston's sacrifice fly to centerfield gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first. Yale added two runs in the third. Johnson drew a walk and later scored on Sloan's single, and Sloan scored when the Bulldogs attempted a double steal.
That was more than enough for Wojciak, who earned her first win of the season.
Yale finished with seven hits in the game. Sloan, Huddleston and Katie Edwards had two apiece.
In their 12 games on the trip, the Bulldogs batted .304, while holding their opponents to a .238 average.
Yale is back in action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Stony Brook. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity