March 10, 2008
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Ashley Sloan had five hits, but Yale had trouble scoring in a pair of losses at the Rebel Games. The Bulldogs fell to IPFW 3-0 in their first game of the day and then lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Robert Morris.
Against IPFW, Amanda Olender pitched a four-hit shutout for the Mastodans (1-6). Abby Liden led off the game with a home run, and IPFW added two runs in the third. Liden was involved in that rally as well, doubling home Sarah Swanson. Liden then scored on Tara Mickelson's two-out single.
Yale's best scoring chance came in the fifth. With two out, Nicole Wolfe walked and moved to third on Sloan's single to left. Olender, though, retired the next hitter to end the threat.
Yale was originally scheduled to play Butler in its second game, but due to some travel problems for teams coming from the Midwest, Robert Morris was the opponent instead. That was unfortunate because Colonials' pitcher Lindsey Moates was on top of her game. She scattered six hits and struck out three in tossing the complete game shutout.
Robert Morris (2-4) scored the only run of the game in the first inning on Brooke Panepinto's sacrifice fly.
Rebecca Wojciak was the hard-luck loser for the Bulldogs (1-3). She pitched the first four innings and allowed just three hits. Holly Gutterud came on in relief and tossed two innings of scoreless relief.
"I thought we made better adjustments in the second game. We just couldn't get a big hit," said Yale head coach Barbara Reinalda. "Our pitching and defense was excellent. We just have to break through at the plate."
The Bulldogs are off until Wednesday when they play Cleveland State at 9 a.m. and Monmouth at 11 a.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity