April 10, 2006
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Katie Edwards hit two home runs and knocked in six runs as Yale cruised to a 14-2 victory in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Warren Field. Aracelis Torres also homered and Deanna DiBernardi and Courtney Blachford had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs. Penn won the first game 2-0.
Edwards' first homer, a three-run blast, snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. It followed singles by Christina Guerland and Megan Enyeart. Two batters later, Torres belted her fourth home run of the season to make it 6-2.
The Bulldogs (22-14, 1-3 Ivy) then sent 12 batters to the plate and erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning. Edwards began the onslaught with a towering, solo homer that landed on I-76, well over the left-field fence. Edwards, who was 4-for-5 in the game, capped the scoring later in the inning with a two-run double. Kate Meserve added a sacrifice fly in the inning, Meredith Parks scored on a wild pitch and Kyli Hanson had an RBI single. The Bulldogs also benefitted from a Penn error.
Penn (13-19, 2-4 Ivy) took a 1-0 lead in the second on Kim May's RBI single, but Yale tied it in the fourth when DiBernardi's sacrifice fly to centerfield scored pinch-runner Danielle Kozlowski.
The Quakers regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on Teresa Leyden's run-scoring single to left.
The first game was a pitcher's duel between Yale's Peggy Hunt and Penn's Emily Denstedt. Hunt pitched six innings, allowed only four hits and struck out two. Denstedt tossed a five-hit shutout and struck out one.
The Quakers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Annie Kinsey's sacrifice fly to left field. Melissa Haffner then hit a solo homer leading off the bottom of the fifth to cap the scoring.
The Bulldogs hit a number of balls hard, but Penn played flawless defense. Centerfielder Kaelin Ainley made a leaping catch of Enyeart's line drive that likely would have scored Edwards from first.
Yale's best scoring chance came in the fifth. Enyeart laced a double to left-centerfield, but was thrown out at the plate when she tried to score on Meserve's single to left. Penn's Teresa Leyden made a perfect throw to catcher Brandi King, who applied the tag just ahead of Enyeart's slide.
The Bulldogs outhit Penn 5-4. Hanson and Parks also singled for Yale.
Yale returns to action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Central Connecticut beginning at 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity