March 30, 2008

Bulldogs Earn Split With Columbia

March 30, 2008

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - For the second straight day, the Yale softball team showed great resiliency. On Saturday, the Bulldogs overcame a heartbreaking loss in the first game of a doubleheader to win the second game. On Sunday, Yale earned a split after a disappointing first-game performance. Kayla Kuretich pitched a four-hit shutout, and Megan Enyeart had three hits and three RBI as the Bulldogs blanked Columbia 5-0. The Lions won the first game 11-0.

Yale (12-10, 2-2 Ivy) quickly put the first game behind by scoring twice in the first inning of game two. Mariclaire Rebman singled with two out and scored on Enyeart's double to right. Aracelis Torres followed with an RBI single.

That was more than enough for Kuretich, who shutdown the Lions. She allowed only one hit and two baserunners through the first five innings.

In the sixth, the Bulldogs added another run. Enyeart singled, advanced to third on Megan Boon's single and scored on Holly Gutterud's fielder's choice.

Enyeart's single plated Katie Yanagisawa and Nicole Wolfe in the seventh inning to cap the scoring.

Kuretich finished with six strikeouts, including the final two outs of the game with two Columbia runners on base.

In the first game, Maggie Johnson pitched a five-hit shutout for the Lions (12-14, 3-1 Ivy). Anne Marie Skylis hit a three-run home run, and Leanne Penna and Dani Pineda both knocked in two runs.

Courtney Blachford, Wolfe, Enyeart, Gutterud and Rebman all singled for Yale.

The Bulldogs' best scoring chance came in the first inning when they had the bases loaded but were unable to capitalize.

Yale was forced to play the games shorthanded as three players were out sick. The Bulldogs also were without the services of Ashley Sloan, who suffered a minor injury on Saturday.

Yale is back in action on Wednesday for a non-league doubleheader with Fairfield beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity