April 2, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Christina Guerland went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI as Yale edged Sacred Heart 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Jillian Miles pitched five innings and allowed only two earned runs to earn her first victory of the season. In the second game, freshmen Niki Haab and Kate Meserve both had two hits as the Bulldogs cruised to a 6-1 victory in a game that was called in the top of the sixth inning because of darkness with Yale leading 9-1.
In the opener, the Bulldogs (12-12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Kristy Kwiatkowski led off with a single, stole second and scored on Meredith Parks' single to right. Yale scored two more times in the third. Emily Lederer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Parks followed by drawing a walk that forced home Chelsea Kanyer. Guerland knocked in Yale's fourth run with a single to left field that scored Britni Fabacher.
After Sacred Heart scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and once in the fifth, Leah Kelley sealed the victory for Yale by delivering an RBI single in the sixth. Ashley Linnenbank pitched the final two innings, struck out three and did not allow a hit to earn the save.
In the second game, the Bulldogs broke open a close game by scoring four times in fifth. The big blow was a pinch-hit, two run single by freshman Jessica Meyer. Linnenbank pitched the first four innings and did not allow an earned run. Beth Pavlicek came on in the fifth and struck out two.
The games were originally scheduled to be played at Sacred Heart, but the Pioneers' field was unplayable.
Yale is 24-4 in its last 28 games in the friendly confines of Dewitt Family Field.
The Bulldogs, who have won six straight games, return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Fairfield at noon. Yale returns home to play a doubleheader against Seton Hall on Sunday at noon.