Late-Inning Heroics Help St. John's Sweep Yale

Late-Inning Heroics Help St. John's Sweep Yale

March 19, 2006

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Roxann Struble's single scored Lauren Lupinetti in the bottom of the 12th inning as St. John's edged Yale 7-6 in the second game of a doubleheader at Red Storm Field. Aracelis Torres went 3-for-5, including a two-run homer for the Bulldogs. St. John's also won the first game in its final at bat when Lupinetti singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the Red Storm to a 3-2 victory.

In the first game, Yale outhit St. John's 10-6 but left 11 runners on base. Courtney Blachford went 3-for-3 for the Bulldogs. Kyli Hanson, Megan Enyeart and Christina Guerland each added two hits.

The Red Storm took an early lead when Jo Sherlock hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

The Bulldogs tied it in the fifth. Guerland led off with a single and moved to second when Torres walked. With two out, Enyeart doubled to the left-centerfield gap, scoring both runners.

Yale had runners on base in every inning.

Deanna DiBernardi pitched six innings, allowed five hits and struck out five for the Bulldogs.

Lisa Geer was the winning pitcher in relief for St. John's. She went three innings, allowed four hits and two runs.

In the second game, Yale jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on Kathleen Edwards's RBI single. In the third, Guerland doubled and scored on Torres's homer to left. It was the Bulldogs' 11th home run of the season, matching their total from all of last year.

After St. John's scored once in the bottom of the third, Yale put three runs on the board in the fourth to make it 6-1. Guerland walked with the bases loaded to force home the first run, and two more scored on an error later in the inning.

St. John's, though, scored five times in the sixth. Lupinetti's two-run single and Struble's two-run double were the big hits in the inning.

Yale had runners on base in each of the extra innings but was unable to capitalize.

Rebecca Wojciak was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the Bulldogs. She pitched six innings of relief and did not allow an earned run.

St. John's had the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, but Wojciak worked out of the jam. The Red Storm had 20 runners left on base in the game.

The Red Storm finally broke through in the 12th. Two errors and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Loren Anguiano then hit a grounder to third which Meredith Parks fielded and threw home to force out Sherlock. Struble, though, followed with a sharp single to right field to end the three-hour marathon.

Kimberly Lerch pitched 10 innings of relief to earn the victory for the Red Storm (14-10).

Guerland was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored for Yale, and Blachford went 3-for-4 and had two sacrifice bunts.

The Bulldogs (11-7) return to action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at Quinnipiac beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity