March 21, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn - A big third inning helped the Yale softball team earn a split of a non-league doubleheader against Marist. The Bulldogs erupted for four runs and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Red Foxes in the second game. In the first game, Marist scored twice in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and held on for a 3-2 victory. Rebecca Wojciak was outstanding in the circle for the Bulldogs. She struck out 10 and did not allow an earned run.
Ashley Sloan had three hits and scored a run in the second game and Meg Johnson added a pair of hits for Yale (7-9). Deanna DiBernardi pitched the first six innings and scattered four hits. Kayla Kuretich tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn her second save of the season.
The Bulldogs scored all the runs they would need in the third. With one out Katie Yanagisawa reached on an error. Sloan then singled, and Katie Edwards doubled off the left-field fence, scoring Yanagisawa. Megan Enyeart was intentionally walked to load the bases, but the move backfired when Mariclaire Rebman followed with a two-run single down the left-field line. McKynlee Westman capped the rally with an RBI double.
That was more than enough for DiBernardi. She didn't allow a hit until a bloop single by Jessica Green in the fourth. The Red Foxes (6-14) scored an unearned run in the sixth, but Kuretich retired the side in order in the seventh with the help of a fine play at shortstop by Johnson.
The Bulldogs outhit Marist 9-4. Chelsey Locarno also had a hit for Yale.
In the first game, the Bulldogs had a number of scoring chances but left 10 runners on base.
The Red Foxes executed a perfect double steal to take a 1-0 lead in the first, but Yale answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on Enyeart's RBI double.
Wojciak was dominating through the first four innings. She struck out the side in the second inning and had nine strikeouts through five innings. In the sixth, Nicole DiVirgilio's two-out, two-run double gave the Red Foxes a 3-1 lead.
Yale nearly tied it in the bottom of the seventh. Sloan led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Edwards's single. Caitlin Carpentier, though, came on in relief and retired the next three hitters to end the game.
Both teams had six hits in the game, but the Bulldogs committed three costly errors.
Edwards and Enyeart each had two hits for Yale.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday when they play a doubleheader at Providence. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 1 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity