April 19, 2010

Yale Falls Twice To Dartmouth

Meg Johnson, Christy Nelson Homer For Bulldogs

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Photo Gallery From Sunday's Doubleheader

HANOVER, N.H.  – Meg Johnson continued her hot hitting, but it wasn't enough to lead the Yale softball team to victory. Johnson homered for the second straight day and extended her hitting streak to four games, but Yale lost a doubleheader to Dartmouth at Sachem Field. The Bulldogs dropped the first game 7-3, despite a solo home run from Christy Nelson, and fell 11-3 in the second game.

In the four-game series with the Big Green, Johnson batted .667 (8-for-12) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI.

In the first game, Yale outhit the Big Green 8-6 but left six runners on base. Dartmouth also took advantage of nine walks from the Bulldogs' pitchers. Johnson and Allie Canulli had two hits apiece for Yale.

The Bulldogs trailed 4-1 after two innings but pulled to within one by scoring single runs in the third and fourth. In the third, Ashley Sloan led off with a single, stole second and scored on Johnson's double. Nelson then led off the fourth with her fourth homer of the season.

Dartmouth, though, put the game away by scoring three times in the sixth.

Yale scored its first run in the second. With two outs, Lexi Peacock singled through the left side. Holly Gutterud followed with an RBI double down the right field line. At the time, it tied the score at 1-1, but the Big Green scored three times in the bottom of the second.

In the second game, Johnson homered in the first to give the Bulldogs the early lead, but Dartmouth erupted for eight runs in the second inning.

Sloan's two-run single in the fifth cut it to 8-3, but Hillary Hubert ended the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Hubert had three hits and knocked in four runs in the game.

Mariclaire Rebman also had a hit for the Bulldogs (9-22, 4-8 Ivy).

The Big Green (11-20 overall) improved to 9-3 in the Ivy North Division with the two wins.

Yale was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Wagner on Wednesday but it has been cancelled. The Bulldogs will now next be in action this weekend when they host a four-game series with Harvard. The action begins at 12:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is Alumni Day at Dewitt Family Field.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity