Lederer's Late Homer Helps Yale Sweep Manhattan
March 28, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Emily Lederer led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run to left field as Yale edged Manhattan 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Peggy Hunt pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, scattering eight hits and allowing only one earned run. Yale completed the doubleheader sweep with a 9-0 victory in the second game. Leah Kelley, Christina Guerland, Kristy Kwiatkowski and Britni Fabacher all had two hits for the Bulldogs, who won their fourth straight game.
Yale (10-12) trailed 2-0 entering the sixth inning of the first game but rallied for two runs to tie the score. With one out, Guerland and Beth Pavlicek both singled. Chelsea Kanyer then delivered an RBI single to centerfield, and Kwiatkowski followed with a sacrifice fly to right. Lederer's game-winning homer in the ninth was her first of the season and the second of her career.
"I had been seeing the ball really well all game," said Lederer, who was 2 for 3. "I just cleared my head and let my instincts take over."
In the second game, Yale jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first. Guerland singled to center, stole second and scored on Pavlicek's triple to right field. Kanyer then drove home Pavlicek with a single to center. Kelley tripled home two runs in the second and scored on a Kwiatkowski single. Yale sealed the victory with four runs in the fourth. The big hit in the inning was a bases clearing double by Kwiatkowski.
Pavlicek pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs. She allowed only two hits and struck out four in earning her third victory of the season.
Today's games were the first of the season for the Bulldogs in the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field where they went 20-4 last season.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at St. John's.