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Big First Game For Ponce; Bulldogs Fall At Harvard

Annie Tarte (Jeffrey Teems photo)
Annie Tarte (Jeffrey Teems photo)

Shortstop Goes 4-for-4 With Two Doubles In Game 1

Yale nearly pulled off a big comeback in the first game at Harvard. The Bulldogs trailed 6-2 entering the sixth inning but scored twice in the final two innings before dropping a hard-fought 7-6 decision. The first-place Crimson completed a doubleheader sweep with a 7-1 victory in the second game.

Kortney Ponce went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two doubles in the first game. Sydney Grobman and Katie Tews each knocked in two runs.

Ponce's second double in the sixth inning started the comeback. She later scored when Shelby Kennedy reached on an error. Annie Tarte then singled home Maya Seifert to cut the Crimson's lead to 6-4.

Harvard scored what turned out to be a very important run in the bottom of the sixth.

That's because the Bulldogs rallied in the seventh. Carlin Hagmaier singled and Terra Jerpbak reached on an error to set the table. Katie Tews followed with a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line which pulled Yale within one.

The next hitter, though, was retired ending the game.

The Crimson seized control of the second game early, scoring three runs in the first inning and one in the second.

Kennedy singled home Hagmaier in the seventh inning to account for Yale's run.

Olivia Vinyard, Giovy Webb, Tarte, Grobman, Jerpbak and Hagmaier also had hits for Yale.

The same two teams play a single game on Sunday. The first pitch has been moved up to 11:30 a.m. due to the threat of afternoon rain.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity