Torres' Walk-Off Homer Helps Yale Earn Split

April 6, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Aracelis Torres' pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 10th inning lifted Yale to a 7-4 victory and a split of a non-league doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field. Peggy Hunt pitched a complete-game for the Bulldogs, allowing only three earned runs while striking out five. Kristy Kwiatkowski had three of Yale's 12 hits. Bethany Lemenager pitched a no-hitter in the first game to lead Sacred Heart to a 1-0 victory.

In the second game, Yale led 2-0 entering the seventh, but Sacred Heart's Melissa Mezzanotte belted a three-run homer to give the Pioneers the lead.

The Bulldogs, though, tied it in the bottom of the seventh on Jessica Meyer's two-out double to deep center that scored Chelsea Kanyer.

The score remained 3-3 until the 10th when the international tiebreaker was used. Sacred Heart's Jen Place was put on second base, and she scored on Caitlin Carroll's two-out, single up the middle.

In the bottom of the 10th, Nike Haab was placed on second. She moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Christina Guerland's single to center. Kate Meserve then attempted a sacrifice bunt, which was fielded quickly by third baseman Jacqui Riley, but her throw to second was dropped. The next two batters were retired, but Torres ended the game with her home run over the left-field fence. It was her second homer of the season.

Kanyer's two-run single in the fifth which scored Rachel Kelley and Kwiatkowski gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

The first game was a pitching duel between Lemenager and Yale's Ashley Linnenbank, who allowed only four hits and no earned runs in seven innings.

Heather Gutkes drove home the only run of the game with a single in the third inning.

Yale (9-15) had only two hitters reach base, Libby Peters, who walked in the third, and Meserve, who was hit by a pitch in the sixth.

The Bulldogs, who have now played five extra inning games this season, open Ivy play on Saturday with a doubleheader at Dartmouth. The first pitch of the first game is slated for noon in Hanover, N.H.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity