April 29, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It was Senior Day at Dewitt Family Field on Sunday, so it was only fitting that the three Bulldogs playing their final career game were key contributors in a victory. Christina Guerland had one hit and one RBI, Jessica Meyer singled and scored and Meredith Parks was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as Yale closed out the season with an 8-0 victory over Brown in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader. In the first game, Brown's Jessica Iwasaki tossed a six-hit shutout to lead the Bears to a 4-0 win.
The Bulldogs banged out 10 hits in the second game. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.
Yale jumped on top in the first inning by manufacturing a run. Ashley Sloan drew a leadoff walk. She stole second, moved to third on Guerland's ground out and scored on Kyli Hanson's ground out to second.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the second, all coming with two out. Meyer started the rally with a single to center. Lauren Huddleston then walked. After the second out, Allie Canulli hit a fly ball that was dropped by Brown's rightfielder, which allowed Meyer to score. Sloan and Guerland followed with RBI singles.
Hanson's two-run single in the fourth gave Yale a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the fifth. Megan Enyeart led off with a single. She was erased when Meyer grounded into a fielder's choice. Tracy Timm pinch ran for Meyer and advanced to second on Huddleston's single to right. Parks followed with an RBI single to centerfield.
Enyeart's RBI single to center in the bottom of the sixth inning ended the game.
Kayla Kuretich pitched six innings, allowed six hits and struck out three to earn the victory.
Yale had opportunities against Iwasaki in the first game. Enyeart and Parks both singled in the second inning but were left stranded. Courtney Blachford walked and moved to second on a ground out but could advance no further. Timm singled with two outs in the sixth, but was left on, and Holly Gutterud led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single but was quickly erased on a double play.
Deanna DiBernardi pitched the first four innings for Yale and struck out a season-high six.
The Bears (9-32, 2-18 Ivy) scored once in the fourth on Amy Baxter's RBI double and added three runs in the fifth. The big hit was a two-run single by Kelsey Wilson.
Yale ends the season with a 21-21 overall record. The Bulldogs have now had a .500 or better record in four of the last five years.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity