April 16, 2008

Bulldogs Tops Providence 3-2 In Eight Innings; Second Game Ends 6-6

April 16, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Holly Gutterud singled home Aracelis Torres in the bottom of the eighth inning as Yale edged Providence 3-2 in the first game of a non-league doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. The second game was called due to darkness with the score tied at 6-6 after nine innings. Katie Yanagisawa had two hits and two RBI and Courtney Blachford added a two-run triple in the second game for the Bulldogs. Providence trailed 6-5 entering the seventh inning, but Christy Becker's RBI double tied the score.

In the first game, Yale (14-21-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second. Yanagisawa walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Tracy Timm was hit by a pitch, and Courtney Blachford's hit a grounder back to the pitcher that was misplayed for an error that allowed Yanagisawa to score.

After the Friars (18-18-2) tied it in the third on Mary Rose Sheehy's RBI double, the Bulldogs scored again in the fourth with the help of some shaky Providence defense. Gutterud led off with a walk and moved to second when Yanagisawa reached on an error. Megan Boon followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Blachford's infield single drove home Gutterud.

Gina Rossi's long home run to left field in the sixth tied the score at 2-2.

The Friars threatened in the top of the eighth. Back-to-back walks to start the inning put two runners on base, but Gutterud came on in relief and retired the next three hitters. Torres led off the bottom of the eighth with a double, moved to third on Katie Edwards's sacrifice bunt and scored when Gutterud singled through the right side of the infield.

Ashley Sloan and Lauren Huddleton also had hits in the game for the Bulldogs. Kayla Kuretich started in the circle and allowed just one run in five innings Deanna DiBernardi pitched two innings and struck out one, and Gutterud earned the victory with her one inning of scoreless relief.

Yale scored three times in the first inning of the second game. Huddleston beat out a grounder to first to start the rally. After Mariclaire Rebman was hit by a pitch, McKynlee Westman singled home Huddleston, and Yanagisawa followed with a two-run triple to the right-centerfield gap.

Sheehy's two run single in the third got the Friars on the board. PC then took the lead with three runs in the fifth. Katelyn Revens tripled home two runs, and Rossi followed with an RBI single.

The Bulldogs went back in front in the sixth. Yanagisawa walked and Allie Canulli doubled to start the rally. Blachford then tripled to right field to tie the score and then scored on a wild pitch to give Yale the lead.

After Providence tied it in the seventh, the Bulldogs had a great chance to win it in the eighth, loading the bases with one out before PC pitcher Jennifer Maccio worked out of the jam.

Both teams had eight hits in the game. Yale stranded 12 runners, while the Friars left 10 on base.

Maccio pitched all nine innings for Providence, while KR Ling, Gutterud and Rebecca Wojciak all saw time in the circle for the Bulldogs.

Yale returns to Ivy League action this weekend, playing doubleheaders at Dartmouth on Saturday and Sunday. The first pitch on both days is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett Yale Sports Publicity

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