March 16, 2008

Bulldogs Walk Off With 2-1 Win Over Iona; Top Florida A&M 9-0

March 16, 2008

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Aracelis Torres's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Yale to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Iona on the final day of the Rebel Games. Torres had three of the Bulldogs' four hits in the game. Rebecca Wojciak pitched a four-hitter to earn her second win of the season. Earlier in the day, Yale cruised to a 9-0 win over Florida A&M. Kayla Kuretich tossed a two-hit two shutout. The Bulldogs (8-4) have won four straight games.

The winning rally in the seventh against Iona started when Megan Enyeart reached on a two-base error with one out. Courtney Blachford then walked, and Ashley Sloan's infield single loaded the bases. After the second out, Torres laced a shot just inside the right field foul line that scored pinch runner Lauren Huddleston and Blachford.

Iona (3-6) had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Becky Riccitelli's RBI ground out.

Wojciak struck out four and worked out of a couple of jams. The Gaels had the bases loaded with only one out in the first but managed just the one run. In the sixth, Riccitelli doubled with one out, but Wojciak struck out Amanda Glaser and got Laura Hackimer to ground out to short.

Yale also had a couple of chances to score. In the second, Allie Canulli was hit by a pitch and McKynlee Westman walked. Nicole Wolfe followed with a sacrifice bunt, but both runners were left stranded. In the sixth, Torres led off with a single and moved to second on Tracy Timm's sacrifice bunt. Riccitelli, Iona's pitcher, though, retired the next two hitters.

Riccitelli was the hard-luck loser. She struck out four and did not allow an earned run in 6.2 innings.

Against Florida A&M, the Bulldogs had 10 hits. Sloan, Canulli and Megan Boon all had two hits.

Yale took a 1-0 lead in the first. Sloan reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Torres's sacrifice fly to right field.

The Bulldogs didn't get their first hit until Enyeart doubled home Katie Edwards, who had walked, in the fourth.

Yale broke it open with four runs in the fifth. The big hit was Torres's bases clearing double. Canulli capped the rally with an RBI single.

Sloan's inside-the-park homer run in the sixth made it 7-0, and the Bulldogs added two more runs in the seventh. Boon plated the first with a single to right, and Holly Gutterud's RBI ground out capped the scoring.

Kuretich, meanwhile, cruised through Florida A&M's lineup. She struck out two and retired the last five batters she faced.

During its four-game winning streak, Yale has outscored its opponents 47-9.

The Bulldogs return to New Haven on Monday and will host Stony Brook in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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