March 22, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yale got two well-pitched games but it wasn't enough in a doubleheader with Providence. The Friars snapped a scoreless tie with four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 4-0 victory in the first game, and Alisha Levin outdueled Kayla Kuretich in the second game, a 5-2 Providence victory. McKynlee Westman had two hits in the nightcap for the Bulldogs.
The first game was a pitcher's duel between Yale's Rebecca Wojciak and Providence's Danielle Bertolette. Wojciak allowed the first two batters she faced to reach base but then set down the next nine in a row before Mary Rose Sheehy singled leading off the fourth.
Wojciak benefitted from some excellent defense by centerfielder Ashley Sloan, who made a terrific shoe-string catch to rob Jennifer Maccio in the third and then snared Justine Stratton's line drive and turned it into a double play when Jenna Garcia wandered too far off second base in the fourth.
The Friars (5-16) finally broke through in the sixth. Gina Rossi's two-run double snapped the tie. Jen Abrams added an RBI double and Teresa Bartels followed with an RBI single.
The Bulldogs' best chance came in the first. With two outs, Katie Edwards walked. Enyeart then delivered a sharp single to left, but Bertolette retired the next hitter to end the threat.
Yale (7-11) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second game. Sloan led off with a walk, moved to second on Katie Yanagisawa's sacrifice bunt and later scored when first baseman Jen Abrams dropped the throw on Westman's grounder to short.
The Friars answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and led 5-1 after six innings.
The Bulldogs, though, rallied in the seventh. Lexi Peacock singled with one out. After the second out, Sloan singled and Yanagisawa walked to load the bases. Edwards nearly tied it, but her long fly ball was dropped by Rossi in foul territory just in front of the left-field fence. Edwards then singled to center, scoring Peacock, but Sheehy made an outstanding throw to get Sloan at the plate and end the game.
Kuretich pitched four innings for the Bulldogs and allowed only one earned run. Yale committed four errors in the game which led to three unearned runs.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at Army. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity