April 1, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale softball team was clicking on all cylinders in Wednesday's doubleheader with Fairfield. The Bulldogs got excellent pitching, timely hitting and played solid defense en route to a pair of victories over the Stags. Kayla Kuretich tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts as Yale won the first game 5-1. In the second game, Megan Enyeart went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and tied the school record for career doubles as the Bulldogs cruised to an 8-1 victory. Nine different players had hits in the two games for Yale.
Kuretich allowed a leadoff single to Kristie Trifiolis in the first inning and then didn't give up another hit until the sixth. She benefitted from some fine defense in the first inning when Katie Yanagisawa and Johnson turned a nifty double play. Kuretich didn't need any help in the second as she struck out the side.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Bulldogs finally broke through. Mariclaire Rebman singled, moved to second on a balk and advanced to third on Lexi Peacock's ground out. Chelsey Locarno then delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single up the middle.
Yale (12-14) scored four runs in the sixth to give Kuretich some breathing room. Johnson's two-run triple was the big hit in the inning.
In the second game, the Bulldogs banged out 12 hits. Johnson and Virginia Waldrop had two apiece.
McKynlee Westman's two-run single in the second gave Yale a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs added another run in the third. Lauren Huddleston singled and Katie Edwards was hit by a pitch to start the rally. Enyeart then drove home Huddleston with a single to center.
Yale sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times in the fourth. Yanagisawa, Edwards and Enyeart knocked in runs in the inning. Edwards's RBI was the 84th of her career, the second most in school history. Enyeart's double was the 36th of her career, which ties Jesseka Bartholomew's Yale record.
Deanna DiBernardi pitched the first five innings for the Bulldogs and was outstanding. She retired the first eight hitters she faced and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. Rebman got the last six outs.
Yale is back in action on Saturday, playing a doubleheader with Columbia starting at 12:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity