March 31, 2007

Bulldogs Drop Ivy Openers To Cornell

March 31, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Aracelis Torres homered and Christina Guerland had three hits on the afternoon, but the Bulldogs dropped a doubleheader to Cornell at Dewitt Family Field. Jenn Meunier tossed a six-hitter in the opener as the Big Red won 2-1, and Meg Risica hit a grand slam home run to lead Cornell to a 13-3 victory in the second game.

The first game was a pitchers duel between Meunier and Yale's Rebecca Wojciak. Meunier did not allow an earned run and struck out four, while Wojciak had three strikeouts and yielded six hits in 5.1 innings.

The Bulldogs (13-5, 0-2 Ivy) took an early 1-0 lead on Katie Edwards's RBI single in the bottom of the first.

Wojciak cruised through the first four innings with the help of some fine defense. In the fourth inning, rightfielder Kyli Hanson made a running catch on Alyson Intihar's fly ball to end a Big Red scoring threat.

Cornell (20-6, 2-0 Ivy) finally struck in the fifth. Risica led off with a triple to right field and scored on Lauren Battaglia's sacrifice fly to left. The Big Red then scored the winning run in the sixth. With Intihar on third and Jenna Campagnolo on first, Cornell executed a double steal with Intihar sliding in just ahead of Torres's return throw to the plate.

Yale had runners on base in every inning but the fifth, but stranded eight. Guerland had a pair of singles for the Bulldogs, while Torres, Megan Enyeart, Edwards and Meredith Parks also had hits. Holly Gutterrud pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

In the second game, Cornell scored six runs in the top of the first. The highlight was Risica's grand slam, a long shot over the left field fence. Intihar was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI for the Big Red.

Yale scored once in the first when Ashley Sloan reached on an error and later came home on a wild pitch. In the third, Guerland doubled and scored on Enyeart's sacrifice fly to centerfield, and Torres belted her team-leading fourth home run of the season in the sixth to cap Yale's scoring.

Guttered had two hits for Yale, including a double. Allie Canulli and Hanson both singled. Kayla Kuretich pitched five innings of relief and allowed only one earned run.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday when they host a doubleheader with Princeton beginning at noon.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity