April 14, 2012

First-Place Harvard Sweeps Yale

Nelson and Johnson Each Get Three Hits For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard's vaunted pitching staff has received much of the attention so far this season. The Crimson, though, also feature a pretty potent offense, and that was on display on Saturday at Dewitt Family Field. The result was a difficult day for Yale. Harvard banged out 30 hits and swept a doubleheader from the Bulldogs, winning the opener 14-1 and taking the second game 11-2.

Christy Nelson went 2-for-2 in the first game, and added an RBI triple and a double in the second game for Yale (7-25, 1-9). Meg Johnson also had three hits on the day.

First-place Harvard (22-10 overall) improved to 9-1 in Ivy League play.

The Crimson scored first in the top of the first in the opening game, but Yale immediately answered with a run in the bottom of the first when Johnson singled home Tori Balta.

That would be all the damage the Bulldogs could muster against Harvard's Rachel Brown, who went the first three innings in the circle, struck out nine and allowed two hits.

Johnson and Nelson each went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs in the second game. Hannah Brennan added an RBI.

Yale scored its two runs in the fourth. Balta led off with a single to right field and scored when Nelson followed with a triple to the right-centerfield gap. Nelson then scored on Brennan's ground out.

That cut Harvard's lead to 7-2, but the Crimson sealed the victory with four runs in the sixth.

The same two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity 

 

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