The softball team hit their last two games out of the park.
After two losses to St. John’s, the Bulldogs (13-7) redeemed themselves in yesterday’s double victory against their crosstown rivals, the Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-18). The Elis won, 6-2, to start off yesterday and then downed the Bobcats, 5-3, before the game was called in the fifth inning because of darkness.
Although the Bulldogs said they felt assured of success going into the game, they were also eager to prove their capabilities.
“We were pretty confident,” pitcher Deanna DiBernardi ’09 said. “We’ve been doing well and we wanted to put it together today.”
The Elis were just that in their games against the Bobcats — together. In the first game, after an uneventful first inning, the Bobcats came out strong in the second inning with two solo home runs from Sarah Collins and Sammi Allendorfer. Not to be outdone, the Elis responded with a solo homer from center fielder Kate Meserve ’07. Shortstop Aracelis Torres ’08 then batted in right fielder Kyli Hanson ’09 to tie up the game at the top of the third.
The Bulldogs sealed the game and perfected their offensive teamwork in the fifth inning. Starting with a single from second baseman Christina Guerland ’07, the Elis strung together four hits that resulted in three runs. Catcher Katie Edwards ’09 singled to bring Guerland home, first baseman Megan Enyeart ’09 doubled to allow Torres to score, and left fielder Courtney Blachford ’08 wrapped up the scoring by bringing in Edwards with an RBI single.
The Bulldogs put the nail in the coffin of their 6-2 victory in the sixth inning with another RBI from Edwards and another run from Torres.
“Last weekend we were frustrated because we were hitting well, but we weren’t getting the runs,” Hunt said. “Today we came out with the mindset to get the runners home and people really put the ball in play when they needed to.”
Defensively, the Elis also played well. Pitcher Peggy Hunt ’06 played an extremely tight game. She allowed only two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked none. Hunt vastly outplayed Bobcats pitcher Kim Norman, who allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked two.
“I felt pretty excited, but ready to get back on the mound,” Hunt said. “You have to help keep your team in the game.”
In the second game, the Bulldogs continued their momentum and scored four of their five runs in the second inning. The standout offensive play of the game was Meserve’s three-run home run, her second homer of the day.
“She was on fire today,” DiBernardi said.
The heat was infectious, though, and Charron Letarte of the Bobcats answered with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Hanson and Blachford each contributed a hit and an RBI.
Pitcher Rebecca Wojciak ’09 pitched well in the second game. Wojciack allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five, and walked one. The Elis only committed two errors in both games.
“The best thing we did as a team was to play really good defense,” Guerland said. “That was a big plus.”
Yale was ahead 5-2 when the game was cut short in the fifth inning.
“It got dark and visibility became a real issue,” Hunt said.
With two more victories under their belts, the Elis are hoping to use their momentum to overcome Fairleigh Dickinson and Marist this weekend.