March 14, 2009

Pair of One Run Losses For Bulldogs At Rebel Games

March 14, 2009

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Yale was one or two hits away from having a very successful day at the Rebel Games. Instead, the Bulldogs had to deal with a pair of one-run defeats. Tagney Jones's two-run double capped a three-run fifth inning as South Dakota edged Yale 4-3 in the first game. In their second game, the Bulldogs fell to La Salle 3-2. The Bulldogs left 14 runners on base in the two games.

Against South Dakota, Yale outhit the Coyotes 8-4. Lauren Huddleston went 3-for-4 and Megan Enyeart had two hits.

The Bulldogs (4-6) used a two-out rally to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Huddleston tripled and scored on Enyeart's single to center.

It looked like that run might be all starting pitcher Rebecca Wojciak would need. She struck out six and allowed only two batters to reach base in the first three innings. Rachel Fricke, though, tied the game with a homer to left with two out in the fourth.

South Dakota (12-4) then grabbed the lead with three runs in the fifth.

Yale got two back in the sixth. Katie Yanagisawa drew a leadoff walk, and back-to-back singles by Huddleston and Enyeart loaded the bases. Katie Edwards then drew a walk to force home a run. Mariclaire Rebman's ground out drove in another run, but relief pitcher Cortney Heim retired the next two hitters to avoid further damage.

Ashley Sloan walked and Huddleston singled in the seventh, but the Bulldogs couldn't push across the tying run.

Wojciak struck out seven and allowed only one earned run in six innings for Yale.

Against La Salle, the Bulldogs managed only four hits - singles by Sloan, Yanagisawa, Huddleston and Enyeart.

The Explorers (1-6) led 3-0 after four innings before Yale rallied. Megan Boon drew a one-out walk in the fifth and scored on Sloan's double to right field. Sloan advanced to third on Yanagisawa's bunt single and scored on Huddleston's ground out.

Chelsey Locarno walked with two out in the sixth but was left stranded, and the Bulldogs went quietly in the seventh.

Kayla Kuretich started in the circle for Yale. She went the distance and struck out two.

The Bulldogs conclude play at the Rebel Games on Sunday. They play Army at 9 a.m. and Wagner at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity