April 13, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Yale got a pair of well-pitched games, but still dropped an Ivy League doubleheader to Harvard at Dewitt Family Field. Lauren Murphy's solo home run in the third inning snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Crimson to a 2-1 victory in the first game. Harvard scored four unearned runs in the first inning of the second game en route to a 5-2 victory.
In the opener, Harvard's Shelly Madick outdueled Yale's Rebecca Wojciak. Madick pitched a three-hitter and struck out five. Wojciak was almost as stingy. She scattered seven hits and struck out four.
The Crimson (17-11, 6-4 Ivy) scored first in the second inning on Bailey Vertovez's RBI single.
Murphy, though, broke the tie in the third when she homered to centerfield.
Yale had runners on base in both the third and fourth. Ashley Sloan singled in the third, and Megan Enyeart led off the fourth with a double, but both were left stranded. Madick retired the last 12 batters she faced to post her eighth win of the season.
In the second game, Harvard took advantage of three Yale errors in the first inning to score four runs. The Crimson nearly scored five times. Already leading 2-0, Harvard had runners on first and third when Susie Winkeller hit what appeared to be a three-run homer just over the left-field fence. Thinking the ball might be caught, Danielle Kerper didn't wander too far off of first and Winkeller inadvertently passed her and was called out. Kerper and Murphy still both scored.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the third. Sloan singled, moved to second on Christina Guerland's ground out and scored on Hanson's single to center.
Kerper homered to right-center in the seventh to make it 5-1.
Yale mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and got the tying run to the plate. With one out, Sloan reached on an error before Hanson drew a two-out walk. Holly Gutterud followed with an RBI single down the right field line. Harvard pitcher Amanda Watkins, though, worked her way out of the jam.
KR Ling pitched the first three innings for the Bulldogs and did not allow an earned run. She was replaced by Gutterud in the fourth. Yale had five hits and drew five walks but left nine runners on base.
The same two teams will play another doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity