March 25, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Not even a one-week layoff could cool off the hot Bulldogs. Yale extended its winning streak to seven with a doubleheader sweep of Marist in the home openers at Dewitt Family Field. Katie Edwards was 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Bulldogs won the first game 6-2, and Ashley Sloan had four hits and two runs scored and Allie Canulli hit her first career home run in a 7-1 victory in the second game.
"I think the break was good for us," said Barbara Reinalda, the head coach of the Bulldogs, who had two doubleheaders cancelled this week and hadn't played since finishing up at the Rebel Games in Florida last Sunday. "It allowed us to get some rest."
Yale's bats certainly weren't rusty. The Bulldogs banged out 19 hits in the two games, and nine different players had at least one hit on the day. Yale (12-2) is batting .338 after 14 games.
"What pleases me the most is it is not always the same kids who are getting the hits," Reinalda said. "Everybody is contributing. If one player is in a slump, somebody else comes through."
In the first game, Jessica Green's two-run home run in the first inning gave Marist (3-16) the early lead.
The Bulldogs, though, answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Sloan and Christina Guerland executed a double steal to score the first run, and Edwards drove home the second with a two-out single to center.
Megan Rigos, the preseason MAAC Pitcher of the Year, retired Yale in order in the second and third innings, but the Bulldogs broke through in the fourth. Megan Enyeart led off with a single and scored on Kyli Hanson's double to right field.
Yale put the game away with three runs in the fifth. Courtney Blachford singled to start the rally and moved to second on a ground out. Aracelis Torres was intentionally walked and Enyeart singled to load the bases. Blachford then scored on a wild pitch, and Edwards drove home the final two runs with a double to centerfield fence.
Rebecca Wojciak, last week's Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, tossed a complete game for the Bulldogs. She allowed five hits, struck out five and improved to 5-0 on the season with the victory.
In the second game, Sloan fell only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Yale led 1-0 after three innings, but scored twice in the fourth. With two out, Blachford drew a walk. Sloan followed with a triple down the right field line and then scored when Guerland reached on an error.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth. Holly Gutterud led off a with a pinch-hit double and scored on Hanson's RBI single to center. Canulli then belted her first career home run, a long blast that deflected off the scoreboard in right-centerfield.
The Bulldogs took advantage of two Marist errors to score their final run in the sixth.
Yale is back in action on Wednesday, hosting a doubleheader against Fairfield beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity