Seniors Go Out In Style; Bulldogs Sweep Brown

April 27, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs were determined to make the final games for seniors Aracelis Torres and Courtney Blachford memorable. Mission accomplished. Torres had a hit and an RBI, while Blachford singled and scored as Yale completed a doubleheader sweep of Brown with a 3-1 victory. The Bulldogs also won the first game 3-1. Allie Canulli went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Yale attack.

The Bulldogs ended the season with a 20-25-1 overall record. Yale has now won at least 20 games in seven of the last eight years.

Three-run innings in both games propelled the Bulldogs to victory. In the first game, Yale snapped a scoreless tie by scoring three times in the fourth inning. Megan Enyeart scored the first run with the help of a Brown error. Canulli followed with an RBI single. Katie Yanagisawa then walked with the bases loaded to force home the final run.

Holly Gutterud pitched the first five innings, allowed four hits and struck out two. She was relieved by Kayla Kuretich, who struck out two in two scoreless innings to earn a save.

In the second game, Yale scored its three runs in the third inning. Blachford ignited the rally with a single to center. She moved to second on Ashley Sloan's sacrifice bunt and scored on Torres's single to right. After Mariclaire Rebman singled, Enyeart cleared the bases with a two-run double over the centerfielder's head.

Deanna DiBernardi started in the circle for the Bulldogs and didn't allow a hit for the first three innings. In all, she pitched four innings to earn her second win of the season. KR Ling went the final three innings to earn the save.

Rebman and Sloan both had two hits for Yale, who outhit the Bears 8-6.

Torres finished her outstanding career with 83 RBI, the second most in school history. Her team-leading 30 RBI this season tied for the sixth most in a season, and her 149 career hits are tied for ninth all-time at Yale.

Blachford ended her career with 97 hits and 54 runs scored. As a senior this spring, she had career highs in batting average (.308), hits (36), runs (23) and doubles (5).

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity