Three-Run Seventh-Inning Rally Leads Yale To Doubleheader Sweep Of Columbia

April 4, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In the first six innings of Saturday's first game with Columbia, Yale left eight runners on base. The Bulldogs, though, got the big hits when it mattered most. Meg Johnson's two-run single capped a three-run seventh-inning rally to lift Yale to a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Lions. The Bulldogs then completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 victory in the second game. Deanna DiBernardi and Kayla Kuretich combined on the six-hit shutout.

Katie Yanagisawa started the winning rally in the first game by doubling. Lauren Huddleston followed with a single, and Katie Edwards pulled the Bulldogs within 4-3 with an RBI single, and when the ball was misplayed in left field, Huddleston advanced to third and Edwards moved up second. Megan Enyeart was then intentionally walked to load the bases, but the strategy backfired when Johnson singled to center, scoring Huddleston and pinch-runner Chelsey Locarno, who slid head-first into home with the winning run.

Rebecca Wojciak was the winning pitcher. She struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in seven innings. Yanagisawa, Huddleston and Virginia Waldrop each had two hits for the Bulldogs, who have won four in a row.

Wojciak allowed only one baserunner in the first two innings and had five strikeouts.

Yale (14-14, 3-3 Ivy) took a 1-0 lead in the second on Ashley Sloan's RBI single.

The Lions (11-19, 1-5 Ivy) answered in the third on Maggie Johnson's three-run double, but the Bulldogs got back within 3-2 when Enyeart homered to centerfield in the bottom of the third.

Columbia added an unearned run in the sixth before Yale rallied for the victory.

In the second game, Johnson and Mariclaire Rebman both had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Yale took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sloan led off with a single to center, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Yanagisawa walked, the Bulldogs attempted a double steal. Yanagisawa was thrown out at second, but Sloan scored.

Yale tacked on another run in the third when Waldrop reached on a two-base error and later scored on Huddleston's single.

DiBernardi cruised through the first three innings, but ran into some serious trouble in the fourth when the Lions first three batters all singled to load the bases. DiBernardi, though, retired the next three hitters to get out of the jam.

Kuretich came on in relief after Keli Leong singled leading off the fifth and retired the first six batters she faced. The only base runner she allowed came on a walk leading off the seventh.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday, playing a doubleheader against Penn beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity