Bulldogs Wallop Bucknell, Drop Heartbreaker To Butler

March 9, 2009

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Ashley Sloan went 3-for-4 with four RBI as Yale cruised to an 11-3 victory over Bucknell at the Rebel Games. Lauren Huddleston, Kayla Kuretich and Megan Boon all added two hits for the Bulldogs. Yale dropped a heartbreaking 7-4 decision to Butler in its first game of the day. Erin Falkenberry hit three home runs, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to lead Butler.

Against Bucknell, Yale banged out 11 hits. Kuretich pitched the first innings. She did not allow an earned run and struck out four. Deanna DiBernardi came on in relief and tossed a scoreless sixth inning.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the second inning to grab the early lead. Boon drew a bases loaded walk to force home the first run, and Sloan followed with a two-run single.

RBI singles by Sloan and Katie Yanagisawa increased the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Yale then sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the fifth.

After Bucknell (6-7) scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs answered with two runs in the sixth on an RBI ground out by Kuretich and an RBI single by Lexi Peacock. The game ended after six innings because of the eight-run rule.

It looked like Yale was going to get the day off to a strong start against Butler. The Bulldogs had a 4-3 lead entering the seventh inning, but Falkenberry belted a one-out grand slam that was just out of the reach of Waldrop, Yale's left-fielder.

Both teams had eight hits in the game, but Butler (2-6) hit four home runs. Yanagisawa and Huddleston had two hits each for the Bulldogs (2-2).

Yale took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Mariclaire Rebman's RBI single, but Butler answered with two runs in the second on back-to-back homers by Bridget Paine and Falkenberry.

The Bulldogs regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning. Megan Enyeart's single knocked in the first run, and Huddleston followed with a two-run double.

Rebecca Wojciak pitched the first six innings for Yale and struck out four.

The Bulldogs are off on Tuesday. They play Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and La Salle at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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