Bulldogs Topple Penn 9-5 To Earn Doubleheader Split

March 29, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Yale made sure the effects of a heartbreaking loss to Penn in the first game of a doubleheader didn't carry over to the second game. The Bulldogs scored the first nine runs of the game and held on for a 9-5 victory over the Quakers to earn a split. Katie Yanagisawa, Ashley Sloan, Aracelis Torres and Mariclaire Rebman all had two hits for Yale. Anna Puglisi's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted Penn to a 4-3 win in the first game.

The Bulldogs (11-9, 1-1 Ivy) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the second game. Yanagisawa singled, stole second and scored on Sloan's double. Megan Enyeart followed with a two-out, RBI single.

Yale manufactured a run in the fourth. With two out, Courtney Blachford reached on catcher's interference. She then stole second and scored on Yanagisawa's single up the middle.

Tracy Timm's pinch-hit RBI single highlighted a three-run fifth inning, and the Bulldogs took advantage of four Penn errors to score three more times in the sixth. Nicole Wolfe drew a bases loaded walk to force home one of the runs.

Penn (12-8, 1-1 Ivy) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then added two runs in the seventh. The Quakers had the tying run at the plate, but Taylor Tieman grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Rebecca Wojciak went the distance in the circle for the Bulldogs to earn her fourth win of the season.

Penn had 11 hits in the game but left 15 runners on base.

In the first game, Katie Edwards hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give Yale a 2-0 lead. It was Edwards' fourth career homer at Warren Field. Enyeart's two-out RBI single in the sixth made it 3-0.

The Quakers, though, scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and then tied it in the seventh on Christina Khosravi's RBI single.

Alisha Prystowsky started the winning rally in the eighth by singling to right with one out. Bridget McDugall then walked and Puglisi followed with the game-winning hit.

KR Ling pitched the first six innings for Yale and allowed only one earned run. She was the beneficiary of some fine defense. Yanagisawa made a diving catch to snare Prystowsky's liner in the second, and Sloan made a fine running catch in centerfield to take a hit away from Kelsey Wolfe in the fourth.

Jessie Lupardus struck out nine in eight innings to earn her 10th win of the season for Penn.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday when they play a doubleheader at Columbia beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity