April 5, 2009

Bulldogs Drop Doubleheader To Penn

April 5, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Megan Enyeart homered for the second consecutive day, but it wasn't enough for the Yale softball team, who dropped a doubleheader to Penn at Dewitt Family Field. Jessie Lupardus pitched a seven-hit shutout to lead the Quakers to a 3-0 victory in the first game, and Penn scored seven runs over the final two innings of the second game to erase a 6-1 deficit and win 8-7.

Yale (14-16, 3-5 Ivy) had numerous scoring chances against Lupardus in the first game. The Bulldogs' leadoff batter reached base in five of the seven innings, but nine runners were left on base in the game.

Meg Johnson went 3-for-3 for Yale and Katie Yanagisawa added two hits.

Rebecca Wojciak pitched the first six innings for the Bulldogs and struck out six. She benefitted from some excellent defense. Virginia Waldrop made a fine running catch in foul territory in left to end the second inning. In the sixth, centerfielder Ashley Sloan made an outstanding diving catch with the bases loaded to keep the score close.

The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Quakers got an unearned run. Penn (9-17-1, 4-4 Ivy) then added two runs in the sixth on Kelsey Wolfe's two-run single to right.

Yale got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning after McKynlee Westman reached on an error and Waldrop singled. Lupardus, though, set down the next three hitters.

Enyeart got the Bulldogs off to a strong start in the second game when she belted a long, three-run homer in the bottom of the first.

The Quakers got one back in the top of the second, but Yale answered with three in the bottom of the inning, all of which scored with two outs. Yanagisawa knocked home the first run with a single, and Lauren Huddleston followed with a single that scored Sloan. Yanagisawa also scored on the play with the help of Penn error.

The Quakers started their comeback by scoring four runs in the sixth. The big hit was Wolfe's two-run double. Sloan's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth increased Yale's lead to 7-5, but Wolfe came up in a big spot in the seventh and delivered again. This time, she hit a long fly ball to left-center that was just out of the reach of Sloan, who made a valiant effort to try and catch it. The three-run triple gave Penn an 8-7 lead.

Lupardus, who had come on in relief in the sixth inning, retired the Bulldogs in the seventh to earn her second win of the day.

The Quakers outhit Yale 11-8 in the game.

The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday when they begin a four-game series with Harvard in Cambridge. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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