Kwiatkowski, Meyer Homer As Yale Splits With Penn

April 25, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Kristy Kwiatkowski hit a two-run homer and Jessica Meyer added a solo shot as Yale topped Penn 8-6 in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field. Meredith Parks and Kate Meserve both had two hits for the Bulldogs. Penn rebounded to win the second game 5-4.

After getting shutout in both games of yesterday's doubleheader against Princeton, Yale's bats came to life in the first game. Kwiatkowski was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and seven players had at least one hit. The Bulldogs had 11 hits in the game and the eight runs scored were their most since a 9-1 victory over Central Connecticut on April 1.

Penn (14-25, 4-10 Ivy) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but Yale tied it on Meserve's RBI single in the second. Kwiatkowski's two-run homer in the third made it 3-1, and the Bulldogs added four more runs in the fourth. Meyer led off with a home run to left field. Libby Peters, Kwiatkowski and Christina Guerland followed with singles. Chelsea Kanyer then drew a bases loaded walk and Parks' groundout scored Kwiatkowski. Two more runs scored on an error later in the inning.

Yale (14-26, 3-9 Ivy) added a single run in the fifth to take a seemingly comfortable 8-1 lead. Penn, though, rallied, scoring twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh. The Quakers had the tying run at the plate in the seventh, but Meyer came on in relief of Ashley Linnenbank to notch the save. Linnenbank pitched 6.2 innings and struck out four to earn her fifth win of the season.

In the second game, Annie Kinsey's two-run homer in seventh gave the Quakers a 5-2 lead. Yale, though, scored twice in the bottom of the seventh. Kwiatkowski led off with a walk. She was erased on Kanyer's fielder's choice, but Parks and Emily Lederer followed with two-out singles to load the bases. Meserve then hit a long fly ball that was dropped by the Penn leftfielder, which allowed Kanyer and Parks to score. Lindsey Permar came on to pitch in relief of Ann Ferracane and recorded the final out.

Kwiatkowski had two hits for Yale, including a solo homer in the fifth. Parks and Meyer also had two hits. Peggy Hunt pitched 4.2 innings and allowed only one earned run.

Tuesday's games with Seton Hall have been cancelled, so the Bulldogs don't return to action until Saturday when they play a doubleheader against Brown beginning at noon.

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