April 2, 2006
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Kate Meserve went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead Yale to a 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart in the first game of a doubleheader at Pioneer Park. Deanna DiBernardi pitched 5.1 innings and allowed only one earned run to notch her fourth victory of the season. Meserve homered in the second game, but it wasn't enough as Yale fell 6-5. Meserve's home run was the 20th of the season for the Bulldogs, a new school record.
The victory in the first game was the Bulldogs' 20th of the season, the fifth time in the last six years they have won at least 20 games.
In the opener, Yale (20-10) scored an unearned run in the third to grab a 1-0 lead. Niki Haab reached second on a throwing error by the second baseman. Meserve then hit a grounder into the hole at shortstop. The throw to first was high, allowing Haab to score from second. Meserve was credited with a single.
Yale scored twice in the fifth to make it 3-0. Meserve started the rally with a one-out single. After Christina Guerland walked, Kyli Hanson singled up the middle, driving in Meserve, and when the ball was misplayed in center, Guerland scored as well.
DiBernardi cruised through the first five innings, allowing only two hits and a walk. She ran into trouble, though, in the sixth. Jazzeline Perez reached on an error, and scored on Ashley McDonough's double. After Amanda Bradley singled, Peggy Hunt was summoned to relieve DiBernardi.
Hunt allowed an RBI single to Caitlin Carroll to make it 3-2, but struck out Betsy Harvey and Jaqui Riley with the tying run on third.
Guerland's sacrifice fly to center scored Haab in the top of the seventh, and that turned out to be an important run because Jessica Perez homered with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Hunt, though, retired the next two hitters to preserve the victory.
In the second game, Carroll's fielder's choice scored McDonough with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Pioneers won 6-5.
Bradley's two-run homer in the second gave Sacred Heart (8-22) an early 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs, though, rallied, scoring four times in fourth. The big hit in the inning was Guerland's two-run double. Megan Enyeart added an RBI single and Meserve knocked in a run with a fielder's choice.
Yale tied it in the fifth when Meserve belted her third home run of the season, a long shot onto the tennis courts behind the left-field fence.
McDonough led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to left. She moved to third on Megan Spehar's infield single. After Bradley walked to load the bases, Carroll hit a slow roller down the third base line. Meredith Parks fielded it quickly but McDonough slid home just ahead of Parks' throw to the plate.
Yale returns to Fairfield on Wednesday to play Fairfield University in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity