Bulldogs Cruise Past La Salle; Fall To Eastern Kentucky

March 11, 2009

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Resiliency is fast becoming a trait of the 2009 Yale softball team. For the second time at the Rebel Games, the Bulldogs rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to win their second game of the day. After falling to Eastern Kentucky 6-5 on Wednesday, Yale took out its frustrations on La Salle, cruising to an easy 11-0 victory. Megan Enyeart had two hits and knocked in two runs, and Deanna DiBernardi allowed only two hits in five innings. In the game with Eastern Kentucky, Kalyn Fox drew a bases loaded walk to force home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning as EKU rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win.

The Bulldogs, banged out 11 hits against the Engineers. Mariclaire Rebman, Katie Edwards and freshman Lexi Peacock each had two RBI, and all nine starters had at least one hit.

Two days ago, Yale handily beat Bucknell after a last-inning loss to Butler.

Yale (3-3) wasted little time getting on the board, scoring four times in the first inning. Peacock had the big hit in the inning, a two-run single.

Megan Enyeart's RBI double in the second made it 5-0, and the Bulldogs added six runs in the third. Redman had a two-run single in the inning, and Ashley Sloan, Enyeart and Edwards also had run-scoring hits.

The game ended after five innings because of the eight-run rule.

DiBernardi earned her second win of the season in the circle.

Against Eastern Kentucky, Edwards and Lauren Huddleston both homered for the Bulldogs. Ashley Sloan added three hits.

After EKU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Yale answered with four runs in the second, all coming with two outs. Edwards started it with a homer to left that bounced off the top of the fence. It was her 15th career home run, only two shy of the school record. McKynlee Westman and Chelsey Locarno both walked, and Meg Johnson singled to load the bases. Sloan followed with a bases-clearing triple to the left-centerfield gap.

The Bulldogs increased the lead to 5-1 in the fifth when Huddleston belted her first career homer, a shot over the centerfield fence.

Eastern Kentucky (7-8) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth before the game-winning rally in the seventh.

Rebecca Wojciak pitched the first four innings for the Bulldogs and struck out five.

Yale plays Valparaiso on Thursday at 1 p.m. and Youngstown State at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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