Hunt, Pavlicek Blank Columbia

Hunt, Pavlicek Blank Columbia

April 10, 2004

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Peggy Hunt and Beth Pavlicek each pitched complete game shutouts as Yale swept a doubleheader from Columbia (14-21, 1-5 Ivy) at Dewitt Family Field. Hunt tossed a five-hitter as Yale won the first game 5-0, while Pavlicek pitched nine scoreless innings and allowed only three hits as the Bulldogs took the second game 1-0. Kristy Kwiatkowski alertly tagged up and scored the winning run from third on Emily Lederer's foul popout to the catcher in the bottom of the ninth. Yale is 3-1 in Ivy play and has won 14 of its last 16 games.

"There's nothing better than great pitching and timely hitting," said Yale head coach Andy Van Etten.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game. After Christina Guerland reached on an error, Beth Pavlicek followed with a home run to left-center. It was her second homer of the season. Yale scored twice more in the second. Kate Meserve led off with a walk and eventually scored on a passed ball. Later in the inning, Britni Fabacher walked, stole second and moved to third on Leah Kelley's ground out. Fabacher then scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs took advantage of two more wild pitches to score their fifth run in the third. Pavlicek was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and moved to second on Chelsea Kanyer's single. A pair of wild pitches allowed Pavlicek to score. Hunt was again outstanding on the mound. She struck out five in tossing her second shutout in as many days. She blanked Cornell 2-0 yesterday and now has a 0.71 earned run average for the season.

Pavlicek, who also lowered her ERA to 0.71, pitched equally as well in the second game. She struck out two in earning her sixth win of the year. Columbia's best scoring chance came in third. The Lions had the bases loaded with one out, but Pavlicek got Marisa Marconi to hit a soft roller back to the mound, and then retired Kacy Krisman on a pop out to shortstop.

Yale (20-14) finally broke the scoreless tie in the ninth. Kwiatkowski led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Meredith Parks' sacrifice bunt. Columbia catcher Heather Gutterud then caught Lederer's foul popout by the screen but couldn't beat Kwiatkowski to the plate.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they play a doubleheader at Hartford at 3 p.m.