March 6, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Freshman Megan Enyeart went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored as Yale opened the season with a 7-6 victory over Valparaiso at the Rebel Games. Christina Guerland, Aracelis Torres and Kathleen Edwards all had two hits for the Bulldogs. Yale then topped Tennessee State 6-1 in its second game of the day. Ashley Linnenbank pitched a complete game, scattering six hits. Kate Meserve went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
Against Valparaiso, Yale led 7-5 entering the seventh inning. Valparaiso, though, loaded the bases with two-out against Yale starter Rebecca Wojciak. Linnenbank came on in relief and got Shannon Robinson to hit a slow roller to second base that Guerland misplayed allowing one run to score. Guerland, though, alertly retrieved the ball and threw out Karen Korb trying to score from second to end the game.
Wojciak, a freshman, was impressive in her collegiate debut, allowing only three earned runs while striking out eight.
The Bulldogs grabbed an early lead by scoring twice in the first inning. Kyli Hanson reached on an error and scored on Torres' triple to right field. Meredith Parks followed with an RBI single to left.
After Valaparaiso (2-2) tied it with two runs in the second, Yale took the lead for good with three runs in the third. Edwards drove home the first run with a double to left, and Enyeart followed two batters later with a two-run single to left.
Mallory Gill's RBI single in the fourth pulled Valparaiso within 5-3, but Enyeart had an RBI double and Courtney Blachford added an RBI single for the Bulldogs in the fifth.
Yale also jumped out to an early lead against Tennessee State. Edwards hit her first career home run with one out in the second inning. Enyeart then singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Meserve's single.
Tennessee State (6-8) answered with a run in the bottom of the second, but Meserve's second RBI single of the night made it 3-1 in the fourth, and Yale then scored three times in the sixth. Hanson capped the rally with an inside-the-park home run.
The Bulldogs had 18 hits in the two games.
Yale is back in action again on Tuesday, playing Providence at 8:50 a.m. and St. Joseph's at 10:40 a.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity