March 15, 2008
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The wind was blowing out at the Osceola County Softball Complex on Saturday and Yale took advantage. The Bulldogs erupted for 18 hits in a 22-4 rout of Siena at the Rebel Games. Lauren Huddleston went 4-for-4 and knocked in five runs, and Aracelis Torres had three hits, scored three runs and added three RBI. In the second game of the day, Yale had 14 hits in a 14-4 win over Wagner. Megan Enyeart, Allie Canulli and Nicole Wolfe all homered for the Bulldogs (6-4).
The 22 runs scored against Siena were the most for the Bulldogs since a 25-11 victory over Dartmouth in 1982 in the Ivy League Tournament.
The game ended after 4.5 innings because of the mercy rule.
Ashley Sloan, Katie Edwards and Katie Yanagisawa all had two hits for the Bulldogs. Tracy Timm scored two runs and added an RBI. Pitcher Holly Gutterud was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion. She allowed three earned runs in five innings to earn her first victory of the season.
After Siena took a 1-0 lead, Yale scored four times in the bottom of the first. Edwards doubled home the first run. Canulli then singled to load the bases, and Huddleston knocked in three runs with a double to the right-centerfield gap.
The Saints (2-6) pulled to within 4-3 on RBI singles by Courtney Brinkman and Renee Clavette, but Yale scored five times in the bottom of the second.
The Bulldogs then sent 14 hitters to the plate and scored eight runs in the third and tacked on five more in the fourth. The big hit in the fourth was a three-run double by Megan Boon.
Against Wagner, Sloan had four hits to raise her average to .486. Enyeart was 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs. Courtney Blachford had two hits, and McKynlee Westman was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Deanna DiBernardi started in the circle and went 3.1 innings. KR Ling pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn her second win of the season. Ling has now pitched 19.2 innings this season without allowing an earned run.
The Bulldogs scored four times in the first inning and added four more in the third to take an 8-0 lead. The lead grew to 10-0 before Andrea Lazzari hit a three-run homer and Jaclyn Vanore followed with a solo shot in the fourth for the Seahawks (2-6).
Enyeart led off the fifth with a solo home run, and Wolfe hit her first career homer in the sixth. Enyeart then added a two-run single later in the sixth to cap the scoring.
With the 32 hits in the two games, Yale raised its team batting average more than 60 points to .311.
The Bulldogs conclude play at the Rebel Games on Sunday, playing Florida A&M at 9 a.m. and Iona at 1 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity