Season Ends With Heartbreaking Loss
May. 1, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sarah Wilson's two-out single scored Melissa Ota from second base in the 11th inning as Brown edged Yale 3-2 in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field. Peggy Hunt pitched brilliantly in defeat for the Bulldogs. She went all 11 innings, allowed only one earned run and struck out six. Rachel Fleitell hit two home runs to lead the Bears to a 5-0 victory in the first game.
Brown's winning rally in the 11th inning of the second game started innocently. Hunt retired the first two hitters before Ota and Uchenna Omakaro both singled. Wilson followed with a sharp single to left, and Ota barely beat Courtney Blachford's throw to the plate.
Yale (14-28, 3-11 Ivy) nearly won it in the 10th. Blachford led off with a double. After Kristy Kwiatkowski was intentionally walked, Christina Guerland's sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. Marissa Berkes, though, retired the next two hitters to end the threat. The Bulldogs left nine runners on base in the game.
Berkes pitched all 11 innings for the Bears and allowed only one earned run.
Yale took a 1-0 lead in the third on Kwiatkowski's team-leading sixth home run of the season.
Brown scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to go ahead 2-1.
The Bulldogs tied it in the sixth. Blachford and Kwiatkowski singled to start the inning. After a passed ball, Chelsea Kanyer hit a ground ball that was misplayed by Wilson at second base. Blachford scored, but Kwiatkowski was thrown out on a close play at the plate when she tried to score from second.
Blachford went 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Bulldogs, while Kwiatkowski and Kanyer both added two hits.
In the first game, Omakaro pitched a three-hit shutout for Brown (14-18-1, 6-8 Ivy). Fleitell hit solo home runs in the third and seventh innings and Amy Baxter added a two-run blast in the sixth.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity