Big 1st Inning Leads Yale Past Dayton 7-2
March 15, 2007
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Aracelis Torres had three hits, including a two-run home run, as Yale topped Dayton 7-2 at the Rebel Games. Torres now has a hit in each of her last eight at bats. Allie Canulli added a three-run double for the Bulldogs. Pitcher Rebecca Wojciak allowed one earned run in five innings to earn her third win of the season. She scattered five hits and struck out three. Yale fell to Cleveland State 5-1 in its first game of the day.
Against Dayton, the Flyers scored an unearned run in the top of the first before the Bulldogs erupted for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ashley Sloan led off with a single and moved to second on Christina Guerland's sacrifice bunt. Megan Enyeart followed with an RBI single. After Katie Edwards walked to load the bases, Canulli laced a double down the left-field line that plated three runs.
Yale (6-2) added to its lead in the third. Guerland led off with a double, and Torres followed with a long home run to centerfield, her first of the season.
The Flyers (2-6) pulled to within 6-2 on Blair Crabtree's RBI single in the fifth. The Bulldogs, though, avoided further damage when Sloan threw Crabtree out when she tried to go from first to third on Lauren Matthews's single to centerfield.
Sloan knocked in the final run of the game when she drilled a hard shot that deflected off the pitcher. She was credited with a single and Canulli scored from third on the play.
KR Ling pitched the final two innings for the Bulldogs, allowing one hit and striking out three.
Against Cleveland State, Torres went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Guerland and Enyeart both had two hits.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Sloan led off with a single, and Guerland followed with a double to left. Torres then hit a chopper over the third baseman's head that scored Sloan from third. Yale nearly added another run, but Torres was thrown out at home on an attempted double steal.
Deanna DiBernardi started in the circle for the Bulldogs and didn't allow a hit until the third inning.
Cleveland State's Amanda Macenko was equally stingy until the fourth inning when Yale threatened. Enyeart led off with a single and advanced to second on Kyli Hanson's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Jessica Meyer singled to put runners on first and third, but Macenko retired the next hitter to end the rally.
The Vikings (11-2) finally broke through in the fifth, scoring all five of their runs. Macenko had the big hit in the inning, a two-run double that capped the scoring.
The Bulldogs are off until Saturday when they play Colgate at 9 a.m. and Hartford at 11 a.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity