April 6, 2005
NEW HAVEN, CT (April 6) - Sophomore Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) no-hit the Yale Bulldogs in the front end of a doubleheader leading Sacred Heart past Yale in the front end of a doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field in New Haven on Wednesday afternoon by a score of 1-0. In the back end of the series the Bulldogs' Aracelis Torres hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn a split of the two games.
In the first game, the Pioneers scored the lone run in the third inning. After Bulldog hurler Ashley Linnenbank sent down the first two SHU batters Tiffanie Cross-Monzo (Thousand Oaks, CA) singled to centerfield to start the two-out rally. An error by Yale right fielder Kristy Kwiatkowski allowed Caitlin Carroll (Los Alimitos, CA) to reach first safely while Cross-Monzo advanced to third. She would promptly be knocked home on a Heather Gutkes (Newport, RI) single to give Lemenager all the run support she would need as she allowed only a third inning walk and a sixth inning hit batsmen over seven innings.
The second game of the doubleheader featured rallies by both clubs as the game pushed into extra innings. Yale drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run single by Chelsea Kanyer. The Pioneers rallied in the top of the seventh inning on a three-run homer by freshman Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) to go on top 3-2. Yale would answer in the bottom of the frame, forcing extra innings on run scoring double off the bat of Jessica Meyer.
Sacred Heart once again took a one run lead in the top of the 10th when Carroll singled home Jen Place (Latham, NY), but once again were unable to close the game out when Torres took SHU hurler Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA) deep with the walk-off grand slam.
The split keeps the Pioneers record even at 7-7 (2-0 NEC) while Yale ended the day at 9-15 on the season. The Pioneers take the field again tomorrow afternoon at Pioneer Park for the home opener when they host Hartford for a pair at 3:00 PM.