Bulldogs Stay Hot; Sweep Providence
April 21, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Freshman Meredith Parks went 2-for-3 with two RBI as Yale topped Providence 5-3 to complete a doubleheader sweep at Dewitt Family Field. The Bulldogs, who are 12-3 in their last 15 games, scored all five runs in the fifth inning. Yale (26-16) won the first game 4-1. Leah Kelley was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, and Kristy Kwiatkowski added a two-run double. Peggy Hunt, who began the day sixth in Division I in ERA, pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn a save in the first game and then pitched three scoreless innings in the nightcap to lower her ERA to 0.55.
The Bulldogs, who are 10-2 at home this season, jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first game. Kelley led off the bottom of the first with a double and moved to third on Christina Guerland's sacrifice bunt. Chelsea Kanyer then drove home Kelley with an RBI single. Kelley also scored Yale's second run in the third. She reached on an error, stole second, moved to third when the throw went into centerfield and scored on Guerland's sacrifice fly.
Elena Romero's RBI double in the sixth pulled the Friars to within 2-1, but Ashley Linnenbank came on to relieve starter Jillian Miles and retired Cori Van Dusen and Jaclyn Trevaloni with runners on second and third. Miles pitched 5.1 innings and allowed only one earned run to earn her third win of the season.
Yale added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on a two-run double by Kwiatkowski, who leads the Bulldogs with 25 RBI.
In the second game, the Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the fifth. The big hit was a two-run double by Parks. Beth Pavlicek, who pitched the final four innings and earned her ninth win of the season, added an RBI single. Providence (25-17-1) pulled to within 5-3 on a three-run double by Romero in the sixth.
The Bulldogs, who are 6-2 in Ivy League play, host second-place Harvard (5-3) in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.