Bulldogs Earn Split; Rout Columbia 9-0
April 8, 2007
NEW YORK - Lauren Huddleston and Jessica Meyer both had two hits and scored two runs as Yale cruised to a 9-0 victory over Columbia to earn a split of an Ivy League doubleheader at Baker Field. Deanna DiBernardi pitched five innings and allowed only three hits to notch her third win of the season. Aimee Kemp pitched a five-hitter with four strikeouts to lead Columbia to a 2-1 win in the first game.
Yale (15-9, 2-6 Ivy) took control of the second game by scoring five runs in the second inning. With one out, Katie Edwards walked. Meyer and Huddleston followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Courtney Blachford then drove home the first run with an RBI single up the middle. Two Columbia (15-7, 5-7 Ivy) errors led to two more runs for the Bulldogs. Kyli Hanson knocked in the fourth run on a fielder's choice and Christina Guerland capped the scoring when she scored on a wild pitch.
DiBernardi, meanwhile, did not allow a hit through the first three innings.
Yale used the long ball to put the game away. Meyer homered in the third, Hanson went deep in the fourth and Edwards hit her second homer in as many days, a blast to left in the fifth that made it 8-0. Huddleston doubled later in the fifth, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Blachford's sacrifice fly to right to complete the scoring.
Keli Leong broke up DiBernardi's no-hit bid when she singled leading off the fourth.
The first game was a pitcher's duel between Kemp and Yale's Rebecca Wojciak, who allowed only two hits and struck out three.
The Bulldogs struck first in the first. Ashley Sloan drew a leadoff walk. Guerland followed with a single and when the ball was misplayed by Columbia's rightfielder, Sloan was able to score all the way from first.
Wojciak sailed through the first two innings, retiring all six batters she faced. Columbia, though, scored a pair of unearned runs in the third. Ciji Rich led off with a single, and Kim Krisman reached on an error. Both runners advanced on a ground out, and Danielle Pineda followed with a two-run single to left.
Yale had a chance to tie in the sixth. With two out, Megan Enyeart doubled down the left field line. Kemp, though, avoided further trouble by retiring the next hitter. Edwards singled for the Bulldogs in the seventh, but Kemp again worked out of the jam to notch her 11th win of the season.
Three of Yale's six Ivy losses have been by one run, and a fourth wasn't decided until the 10th inning.
The Bulldogs are back in action when they play a non-league doubleheader against Sacred Heart on Thursday at Dewitt Family Field beginning at 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity