March 28, 2009

Bulldogs Open Ivy Play By Splitting With Princeton

March 28, 2009

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PRINCETON, N.J. - Yale's senior class has accomplished a lot during their careers. One thing missing from their resume, though, was a victory over Princeton. That changed on Saturday. Lauren Huddleston scored in the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and the Bulldogs held on for a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader. Princeton won the second game by the same score.

Yale hadn't beaten the Tigers since 2004, and it looked like the misfortune would continue when Princeton scored twice in the first inning of the first game.

The Bulldogs, though, tied it in the third. Virginia Waldrop led off with an infield single and moved to second on Ashley Sloan's sacrifice bunt. Katie Yanagisawa followed with an RBI double to left-center. Yanagisawa then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huddleston's sacrifice fly to left.

Yale (10-12, 1-1 Ivy) benefitted from a pair of Princeton errors to take the lead in the sixth. Huddleston reached on a miscue by the pitcher to start the inning and moved to second on Katie Edwards's sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Kathryn Welch's error on a ball hit by Meg Johnson allowed Huddleston to score what turned out to be the winning run.

After allowing the two runs in the first inning, Rebecca Wojciak was outstanding in the circle for the Bulldogs. She struck out four and yielded only four hits to earn her third victory of the season. The last eight batters she faced in the game were retired.

Both teams had four hits in the game.

Princeton (6-10, 1-1 Ivy) scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game.

The Tigers led 2-0 after three innings, but Yale again rallied, scoring twice in the fifth. Megan Enyeart started the rally with a double to centerfield. McKynlee Westman walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Chelsey Locarno. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and then scored when Waldrop delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single up the middle.

The Bulldogs got another strong pitching performance. Deanna DiBernardi went the first four innings and allowed only one earned run. She was replaced by Kayla Kuretich, who pitched two innings without allowing an earned run.

Princeton outhit Yale 6-5. Huddleston, Edwards, Enyeart, Mariclaire Rebman and Waldrop had hits for the Bulldogs.

Yale's doubleheader with Cornell scheduled for Sunday has been postponed. A decision on when it will be played will be made at a later date.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity