Offense Explodes In Pair Of Victories
March 17, 2007
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Meredith Parks went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Jessica Meyer was 2-for-2 with three RBI as Yale cruised to a 14-1 victory over Colgate at the Rebel Games. Megan Enyeart drove home four runs for the Bulldogs, who had 15 hits in the game which was stopped after four-and-a-half innings because of the run rule. In the second game of the day, Enyeart homered and Holly Gutterud pitched a complete game as Yale topped Hartford 4-1.
Against Colgate, the Bulldogs (8-2) jumped on top early, scoring once in the first thanks mostly to the speed of Ashley Sloan. Sloan led off with a bunt single and then promptly stole second, her seventh theft of the season. With one out, Aracelis Torres hit a grounder to third. She was retired at first, but Sloan scored on the play when Colgate first baseman Meg Mylan threw wildly to third.
Yale added five runs in the second. Kyli Hanson started the rally with a single and then stole second. Parks followed with an RBI double and scored on Meyer's single to left. Courtney Blachford reached on catcher's interference and Sloan singled to load the bases. Torres drew a walk to force in a run, and Enyeart delivered a two-run single to left.
The Bulldogs sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the third. Enyeart and Meyer both had two-run singles in the inning, and Katie Edwards and Parks also had RBI singles.
Colgate (7-11) finally got on the board in the fourth when Whitney Scott scored on a wild pitch.
Kayla Kuretich went the distance in the circle for the Bulldogs. She allowed only four hits and struck out four.
Hartford's Brittney Stratton and Gutterud were locked in a pitcher's duel in the second game. Stratton allowed only one base runner through the first three innings, while Gutterud set down nine straight hitters in one stretch.
The Hawks (8-7) threatened in the first inning. Amanda Dilworth and Kristie Roberts both singled with one out. Yale catcher Tracy Timm, though, picked Dilworth off at second for the second out, and Gutterud avoided further trouble by retiring Nikki Thompson.
Yale finally got on the board in the fourth. With one out, Torres walked. Enyeart was then hit by a pitch, and Hanson followed with a long double to right-center that plated Torres. Allie Canulli capped the rally with a two-out, two run double.
Thompson homered to centerfield in the fourth for Hartford, but Enyeart answered with a homer to nearly the identical spot in the sixth for the Bulldogs to cap the scoring.
Gutterud allowed only five hits and struck out three to earn her second victory of the season.
Stratton also allowed five hits and struck out four.
The Bulldogs conclude action at the Rebel Games on Sunday, playing Florida A&M at 9 a.m. and Central Connecticut at 1 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity