March 25, 2006
HACKENSACK, N.J. - Kate Meserve's ground out scored Meredith Parks in the seventh inning to snap an 8-8 tie as Yale completed a doubleheader sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson with a 9-8 victory. The Bulldogs (15-7) cruised to a 9-1 victory in the first game. Kyli Hanson, Courtney Blachford, Christina Guerland and Danielle Kozlowski all had four hits on the day for Yale, which has already surpassed last year's overall win total.
The Bulldogs had 29 hits in the two games, including a season-high 15 in the first game.
In the second game, the Bulldogs trailed 6-2 after Fairleigh Dickinson scored five unearned runs in the second inning. RBI singles from Hanson and Aracelis Torres in the fifth pulled the Bulldogs within 6-4. Yale then scored four times in the sixth to take the lead.
Katie Edwards led off with a double. With one out, Blachford reached on an infield single. Meserve then advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Kozlowski followed with a slow roller to second. She beat the low throw to first and when it was mishandled by the first baseman, Blachford alertly raced home. Hanson then capped the scoring with a long, two-run homer to left.
The Knights (2-19) scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 8-8, but the Bulldogs manufactured a run in the seventh. Parks led off with a single, and with one out, moved to second on Megan Enyeart's single up the middle. Blachford's infield single loaded the bases, and Meserve then hit a grounder to third. FDU third baseman Caitlyn Reuter bobbled it momentarily, leaving her only a play at first and allowing Parks to score the go-ahead run.
Fairleigh Dickinson threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Peggy Hunt struck out Reuter looking with the tying run on third. Hunt pitched 5.1 innings of relief to earn her fourth win of the season.
In the first game, Yale broke open a close game by scoring five times in the fifth. The big blow was Torres's three-run homer to centerfield.
Guerland went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kozlowski added two hits and two RBI.
Ashley Linnenbank retired the first seven hitters and allowed only three hits in five innings. She struck out four and walked two. Hunt pitched the final two innings.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday when they play a doubleheader at Marist beginning at noon.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity