April 19, 2006

Offensive Outburst Leads To Sweep Of Providence

April 19, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Katie Edwards's three-run double capped a six-run sixth inning as Yale rallied to defeat Providence 6-4 in the first game of a non-league doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Kyli Hanson added two hits and Rebecca Wojciak pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs. Yale won the second game 9-5. Aracelis Torres hit a pair of home runs and knocked in four. Christina Guerland also homered for the Bulldogs.

The first game was scoreless for the first five innings. Providence took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on Gina Rossi's RBI double. The Friars nearly scored more, but centerfielder Kate Meserve made a leaping catch on Tara Sullivan's line drive.

Yale then sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Meredith Parks reached on error to start the rally. Courtney Blachford then dropped down a bunt in front of the plate. Providence catcher Rachel Bartholomew tried to get Parks at second but her throw was wide. Parks moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball. After pinch-hitter Niki Haab walked, Danielle Kozlowski knocked in Blachford with a single to right. Hanson then singled to reload the bases and Guerland followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1. Two batters later, Edwards ripped a shot that sailed over the left-fielder's head and plated three runs.

Edwards now has a team-high 27 RBI.

The Friars scored three unearned runs in the seventh. With one out, Michele Bowers reached on an error. Michelle Willette followed with a single. After the second out was recorded, Bartholomew hit a three-run homer. Wojciak, though, retired the next hitter to end the game.

Wojciak allowed nine hits, one earned run and struck out six to earn her 10th win of the season.

In the second game, Providence took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Yale answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Guerland walked, and Torres followed with her first homer, a shot over the centerfield fence. Megan Enyeart then reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Haab's two-out single.

The Bulldogs added three more in the second. Hanson led off with a double and scored on Guerland's single. Torres then hit her second home run, this one a blast to left-centerfield.

The Friars scored single once in the third, twice in fourth and once in the fifth, but Yale put the game away with three runs in the sixth. Once again, the long ball played a major role. Hanson led off with a single, and Guerland followed with her second homer of the season. Torres then tripled and scored on Enyeart's RBI single.

Peggy Hunt pitched 3.2 innings of relief and allowed only one earned run to earn the victory. Deanna DiBernardi pitched the first 3.1 innings.

Yale outhit the Friars 12-7 in the game.

The Bulldogs' three home runs to give them 28 for the season.

Yale returns to Ivy League play this weekend, hosting Columbia on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Cornell on Sunday at noon.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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