Bulldogs Walk Off With Win; Edge Youngstown State 4-3

March 12, 2009

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - After losing a couple of games in its opponents last at bat, it sure seemed as though the Yale softball team was due for a little late-inning magic of its own. On Thursday it happened. Megan Enyeart was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bulldogs edged Youngstown State 4-3 in their second game of the day at the Rebel Games. In its first game, Yale fell to Valparaiso 9-1. Enyeart drove in the Bulldogs' run with a single in the first inning.

It looked like Yale would handle Youngstown with limited drama. The Bulldogs had a 3-1 lead entering the seventh inning, but Jordan Ingalls singled and later scored on a wild pitch, and Kim Klonowski's two-out RBI double tied the score at 3-3.

Ashley Sloan led off the bottom the seventh inning with an infield single. Katie Yanagisawa followed with a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed for an error, and Lauren Huddleston singled to center to load the bases. Enyeart was then hit by a pitch, forcing home Sloan with the winning run.

Kayla Kuretich pitched two innings of relief to earn the victory. Deanna DiBernardi started and allowed only one earned run in five innings.

Yale (4-4) outhit the Penguins 8-7.

The Bulldogs jumped on the board quickly, scoring twice in the first inning. Yanagisawa was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. Katie Edwards knocked in the second run with a single.

Edwards also drove home Yale's third run of the game, this time with a ground out in the fifth.

Against Valparaiso, one bad inning doomed the Bulldogs. Two Yale errors helped Valpo score six runs in the second inning. Only one of the runs was earned. Valparaiso (12-5) added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game.

Freshman Meg Johnson went 1-for-2 for Yale.

The Bulldogs are off on Friday. They play South Dakota at 11 a.m. and La Salle at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity