March 14, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Deanna DiBernardi hit a three-run home run in the second inning to help Yale to a 4-1 victory over Colgate at the Rebel Games. Ashley Linnenbank pitched a three-hitter to earn her third victory of the season. The Bulldogs lost their first game of the day 1-0 to Cleveland State.
Against Colgate, Yale jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second. Kathleen Edwards led off with a single. Megan Enyeart then walked and Kate Meserve followed with a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, DiBernardi belted her first career homer, a long shot to left field.
Linnenbank cruised through the first four innings. She retired the first eight batters before issuing a walk. Colgate's first hit was Whitney Scott's single leading off the fifth. Scott later scored on an error. The Red Raiders threatened to score more, but Blachford made a sliding catch on Porscha Albert's shallow fly to left with runners on second and third.
Linnenbank did not allow an earned run and struck out one.
The Cleveland State game was a pitcher's duel between Yale's DiBernardi and CSU's Grace Luginbuhl. DiBernardi allowed a single to the first batter she faced and then retired 13 in a row before hitting Kortney Spidell with a pitch with two out in the fifth. DiBernardi allowed three hits in 5.1 innings and struck out six.
Luginbuhl had a no-hitter until Aracelis Torres hit a sharp single to left with two-out in the fourth. Luginbuhl finished with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
The Vikings (8-1) scored the only run of the game in the sixth. Whitney Willard led off with a walk. Back-to-back singles by Luginbuhl and Christa Lopes loaded the bases, and Willard then scored on a wild pitch.
Yale threatened in the top of the seventh. Edwards led off with a single. Enyeart then laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached when Luginbuhl threw wildly to first. With one out, Blachford singled to load the bases, but Luginbuhl induced a double play grounder to end the game.
The Bulldogs had runners on base in each of the last four innings, but stranded six in the game.
Yale finishes its spring trip with a 10-4 overall record. The Bulldogs return home to host Manhattan in a doubleheader on Saturday. The first pitch of the first game is scheduled for noon at Dewitt Family Field.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity