April 20, 2005

Bulldogs Split Pair With Hartford

April 20, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Libby Peters and Christina Guerland both had two hits as Yale edged Hartford 6-5 in the first game of a non-league doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field. Jessica Meyer pitched six innings to earn her second victory of the season. The Hawks earned a split by winning the second game 3-2.

In the opener, the Bulldogs (13-23) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first on Kate Meserve's RBI single to right, and Niki Haab's bases loaded walk, one of seven walks issued by Briana Hout.

Hartford (9-13) scored twice in the second to tie it, but the Bulldogs took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth. Courtney Blachford walked with the bases loaded and Guerland added an RBI single to left.

Yale scored two more runs in the fifth. Haab doubled down the left field line, moved to third on Peters's bunt single and scored on a passed ball. Kristy Kwiatkowski drove home Peters with a single to center field.

Hout hit a three-run homer to left in the sixth to pull the Hawks within 6-5, and Samantha Morrison led off the Hartford seventh with a single up the middle. After Peggy Hunt replaced Meyer, Morrison stole second, but Hunt retired the next three hitters in order to preserve the victory.

In the second game, Hartford grabbed the early lead on Nikki Thompson's squeeze bunt in the first inning.

The Bulldogs tied it in the third on Kwiatkowski's team-leading third home run of the season.

Amy Sullivan's RBI double in the fourth gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead, and Kristie Rochette's single to center scored Ryan Williams in the fifth.

Yale mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch hitter Emily Lederer led off with a walk, and Meredith Parks followed with a single to center. After Kwiatkowski reached on an error to load the bases, Guerland hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Lederer. Nicole McMillan, though, retired the next two hitters to earn her sixth win of the season.

Chelsea Kanyer and Aracelis Torres both had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Hunt pitched a complete game, allowing only one earned run, while striking out nine.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they host Princeton in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.