Home Run Derby; Yale-Fairfield Split Doubleheader

March 28, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The long ball was on display Wednesday at Dewitt Family Field. Yale and Fairfield combined to hit six home runs as the two teams split a non-league doubleheader. Kristie Trifiolis, Dani Griswold, Cagney Ringnalda and Kris D'Alessandro all went deep in the first game to lead Fairfield to an 8-5 victory. Aracelis Torres and Katie Edwards both hit two-run home runs as Yale rebounded to win the second game 5-2.

After dropping the opener, the Bulldogs wasted little time getting on the board in the nightcap. With one out in the bottom of the first, Christina Guerland was hit by a pitch. Torres followed with her team-leading third homer of the season. Megan Enyeart then walked and Edwards belted a long home run to left field to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.

"We were able to score some runs early and jump ahead," said Yale head coach Barbara Reinalda. "We've done a good job of that all season."

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 24-10 in the first inning.

The four runs were more than enough for freshman pitcher Holly Gutterud, who earned her third victory of the season. She scattered six hits and struck out two. Gutterud allowed only two base runners through the first three innings before Fairfield struck for a run in the fourth on Breanne Morschauser's RBI double.

"Holly threw an excellent game," Reinalda said. "She kept the ball in the park."

Yale (13-3) added another run in the sixth. With one out, Meredith Parks walked. Two batters later, Lauren Huddleston singled, and Ashley Sloan followed with an RBI double to left-center.

Erin Frank doubled home Trifioles in the seventh to cap the scoring.

In the first game, Ringnalda hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Griswold belted a three-run blast in the second to give the Stags an early 6-0 lead.

The Bulldogs, though, fought back. Edwards scored on a wild pitch and Jessica Meyer drove home a run with a ground out in the second.

Yale then scored three times in the fifth to pull within 6-5. Parks reached on an error to start the rally. Courtney Blachford and Sloan both singled to load the bases. Guerland followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Torres and Kyli Hanson both added RBI singles.

The Stags (5-13), though, put the game away when D'Alessandro and Trifioles hit back-to-back homers in the sixth.

Rebecca Wojciak struck out five in 5.2 innings of relief for the Bulldogs. Ringnalda went the distance in the circle for Fairfield and allowed only one earned run.

The loss ended Yale's seven-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs open Ivy League play this weekend, hosting doubleheaders against Cornell on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Princeton on Sunday at noon.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity