April 24, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Lauren Battaglia's pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted Cornell to a 5-3 victory over Yale in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Christina Guerland was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for the Bulldogs. Haley Mirrer pitched a four-hit shutout as the Big Red won the second game 4-0. Rebecca Wojciak pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief for Yale.
In the opener, which started 20 minutes late because of rain, the Bulldogs took advantage of Jenn Meunier's early wildness to take a 2-1 lead in the first inning. Kyli Hanson and Guerland, Yale's first two batters of the game, were both hit by a pitch. Aracelis Torres advanced the runners with a ground out to second. Hanson then scored on a passed ball, and Guerland crossed the plate shortly thereafter on a wild pitch.
The Big Red (24-21, 9-3 Ivy) tied it in the second on Jessica Berkey's home run to right field.
The Bulldogs (27-19, 2-8 Ivy) regained the lead in the third. Guerland led off with a single to center. After Megan Enyeart singled and Katie Edwards walked to load the bases, Meredith Parks hit a sacrifce fly to left.
After allowing a double to Adrienne Matta in the second, Yale's Peggy Hunt retired 15 Big Red hitters in a row. Caitlin Warren, though, led off the seventh with a single to center. Berkey followed with a double to the left-centerfield gap that drove home Warren and tied the score at 3-3. Hunt retired Matta on a pop out, but Battaglia then hit a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
The Bulldogs had the tying runs in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, but Meunier worked out of the jam.
In the second game, Cornell scored once in the first and added three more runs in the second. Battaglia, Jenna Campagnolo and Samantha Hare each had RBI singles in the second.
Yale had runners on base in all but two innings against Mirrer but stranded six. Torres, Edwards, Parks and Niki Haab all had hits for the Bulldogs.
Mirrer struck out two and walked two in earning her seventh win of the season.
Wojciak struck out five in relief for the Bulldogs.
Yale will most likely play again on Friday against Columbia. The Bulldogs and Lions were supposed to play last Saturday but the game was postponed because of rain.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity