Trip Ends With Thrilling Win Over Central Connecticut
March 18, 2007
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Holly Gutterud's three-run double snapped a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning and lifted Yale to a 6-3 victory over Central Connecticut in the second game of the day at the Rebel Games. The Bulldogs had tied the game in the seventh on Aracelis Torres's clutch two-out double that scored Lauren Huddleston. In the first game, Torres had four hits, including a three-run home run, and six RBI as Yale cruised to an 11-2 victory over Florida A&M. Tracy Timm added two hits for the Bulldogs.
Yale finishes its Spring Break trip to Central Florida with a 10-2 overall record. The Bulldogs batted .338 in the 12 games and outscored their opponents 74-29.
Against Florida A&M, Yale jumped on the board in the first. Ashley Sloan walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Torres's hard single off the pitcher.
Florida A&M tied it in the second on Unika Mcintosh's RBI double, but the Bulldogs scored three runs in the second. Jessica Meyer drew a walk to start the rally. Timm followed with sacrifice bunt and Courtney Blachford singled. Sloan plated the first run with a single to left. After Christina Guerland walked to load the bases, Torres drilled a two-run single up the middle.
Timm's long double to left scored Meredith Parks in the third to make it 5-1.
Florida A&M (6-22) scored once in the top of the fifth, but the Bulldogs erupted for six runs in their half of the inning. The big blow was Torres's three-run homer over the centerfield fence that ended the game. It was her second of the season.
Deanna DiBernardi pitched all five innings for the Bulldogs and allowed only four hits and one earned run. She struck out two.
Against Central Connecticut, Yale trailed 3-1 entering the sixth inning. Megan Enyeart led off the sixth with a single to right and advanced to second on Katie Edwards's sacrifice bunt. Parks followed with an RBI single to right.
The Bulldogs then tied it in the seventh. Huddleston started the rally with a bunt single and moved to second on Sloan's sacrifice bunt. With two out, Torres hit a long fly ball to the right-centerfield gap that easily scored Huddleston.
In the seventh, Enyeart was placed on second base. Edwards was intentionally walked and Parks drew a walk to load the bases. Gutterud then came to the plate and promptly hit a drive to the wall in right that scored all three runners.
Rebecca Wojciak pitched eight innings to earn her fourth win of the season. She scattered eight hits and struck out three. Wojciak also benefited from four double plays turned by Yale's defense.
Alison Rossi was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Central Connecticut (3-10).
The Bulldogs fly back to New Haven on Tuesday and are scheduled to host a doubleheader against Army on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity