Bulldogs Split With Columbia In Home Finale

April 28, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior Ashley Linnenbank pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and two earned runs in her final home start, as Yale topped Columbia 6-2 in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Megan Enyeart had three hits, including her school-record 14th double of the season, and knocked in three runs for the Bulldogs. Columbia won the second game 5-2. The Lions scored three runs in the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie.

In the opener, Yale (28-20, 3-9 Ivy) had 12 hits, including two each from Christina Guerland, Katie Edwards and Meredith Parks.

The Bulldogs wasted little time getting on the board. Kyli Hanson led off the bottom of the first inning with a long home run to left field, her sixth of the season.

Yale added two more runs in the third. Guerland led off with a single to right and moved to second on Enyeart's infield single. Katie Edwards followed with an RBI double to left-centerfield, and Parks plated Enyeart with a single to center.

A two-out rally in the fourth resulted in two more runs. Guerland again got things started with a single. Aracelis Torres then doubled, and Enyeart followed with a two-run single.

Columbia (22-23-1, 4-6 Ivy) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but Enyeart's record-breaking double in sixth knocked in the final run of the game. Enyeart broke the record held set by Kristen Maturo in 1998.

Linnenbank struck out two and walked two to earn her fifth win of the season.

In the second game, Columbia scored twice in the second inning to grab the early lead.

Yale was held without a hit for the first four innings by Maiya Chard-Yaron. Parks broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single in the fifth.

Columbia threatened to add to its lead in the sixth, but centerfielder Kate Meserve threw out Lacie Nelson trying to score from second on Chard-Yaron's single to end the inning.

The momentum from Meserve's defensive play carried over into the bottom of the sixth inning when the Bulldogs scored twice to tie the score. With one out, Hanson walked. Guerland followed with an infield single. Both runners advanced on Torres's ground out. Enyeart was then intentionally walked to load the bases. The strategy backfired when Edwards delivered a two-run single to left. Edwards now has a team-high 30 RBI.

Nelson's two-run single in the top of the seventh capped the Lions three-run rally.

Courtney Blachford singled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Chard-Yaron retired the next hitter to end the game.

Senior Peggy Hunt, making her last start at home, pitched six innings for the Bulldogs but suffered the loss. She allowed only three earned runs.

Both Hunt and Linnenbank, this year's team captain, were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The Bulldogs close out the season with a doubleheader at Brown on Saturday beginning at noon. A sweep would get Yale to the 30-win mark for only the fourth-time in the 28-year history of the program.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity