April 1, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Niki Haab's single to right field scored Emily Lederer in the bottom of the eighth inning as Yale rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Central Connecticut 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field. The Bulldogs banged out 11 hits and cruised to a 9-1 victory in the second game to complete the sweep. Chelsea Kanyer was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in the nightcap, and Kristy Kwiatkowski added two hits, including her second home run of the season.
In the first game, Pam Shifrin hit a solo homer in the second and Deb Munson added a three-run blast in the third as Central Connecticut built a 4-0 lead.
Yale (8-12) slowly chipped away. Kate Meserve's RBI single in the fourth made it 4-1. The Bulldogs, who have won five of their last seven games, then scored twice in the fifth. Libby Peters tripled and scored when Courtney Blachford reached on an error. Kwiatkowski drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly.
Yale tied it in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Christina Guerland was a hit by a pitch and Kanyer followed with an RBI double.
The international tiebreaker was used in the eighth. Central's Lindsay Hughes was placed on second to start the inning. Melissa Pelletier advanced her to third with a sacrifice bunt. The Blue Devils then tried a squeeze, but Meserve caught the bunt in the air and doubled Hughes off third.
In the bottom of the eighth, Lederer was placed on second and advanced to third on Aracelis Torres' ground out. Haab followed with a long fly that glanced off the right-fielder's glove.
Peggy Hunt pitched 5.2 innings of relief, allowing only four hits and one earned run, while striking out four to earn her team-high fourth win of the season.
In the second game, Kwiatkowski's two-run homer in the bottom of the third snapped a 1-1 tie.
Yale added four runs in fifth. Torres doubled to start the rally and scored on Kanyer's single. Lederer singled home Guerland, who had reached on an error. Rachel Kelley followed with a sacrifice fly, and Jessica Meyer knocked home the final run of the inning on a fielder's choice.
Guerland and Kanyer opened the sixth with back-to-back doubles, and the game ended when Kanyer scored on a wild pitch.
Ashley Linnenbank pitched sixth innings to earn the victory. She did not allow an earned run and struck out four.
The Bulldogs doubleheader with Fairfield scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. Yale's Sunday doubleheader with Marist will now start at 2 p.m. weather permitting.