April 13, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Lauren Murphy had two hits, including a home run, and knocked in four as Harvard completed a doubleheader sweep of Yale with a 7-3 victory. Nicole Wolfe had two hits for the Bulldogs. The Crimson, who lead the Ivy League's North Division, won the first game 6-3. Ellen Macadam homered for Harvard, which has won 11 straight games. Katie Yanagisawa had two RBI for Yale.
In the second game, the Crimson (18-15, 9-3 Ivy) scored twice in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered with three runs in bottom of the first. Yanagisawa, Lauren Huddleston, and Mariclaire Rebman all walked, and Wolfe had the big hit, a double that scored Tracy Timm.
Harvard, though, took the lead in the third on Murphy's two-run homer down the left field line.
Hayley Bick's two-run single in the fourth made it 6-3, and Jennifer Francis followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring.
The Crimson had 11 hits in the game.
Dana Roberts pitched 4.1 innings of shutout relief to earn the victory in the circle.
The Bulldogs had numerous scoring chances early in the first game as they got their leadoff batter on base in each of the first three innings. Ashley Sloan opened the first with a double, Megan Enyeart started the second with a double, and Courtney Blachford singled leading off the third, but all were left stranded.
Deanna DiBernardi started in the circle and struck out two in three innings. The Crimson grabbed the lead on Macadams's RBI single in the second and increased the lead to 3-0 on Caitlin Bowers's two run single in the third. Macadam then homered to left leading off the fourth.
Yale got back in the game by scoring three times in the fifth. Huddleston led off with a double, moved to third on Canulli's sacrifice bunt and scored when Sloan hit a grounder to shortstop. Macadam tried to throw home, but Huddleton beat the throw, and when it got away from Bock, the catcher, Sloan moved to second. Yanagisawa followed with a single to right that scored Sloan and Blachford, who had reached on an error.
Harvard, though, sealed the win by scoring twice in the seventh.
Both teams had eight hits in the game, but the Crimson benefited from eight walks.
Yale is back in action on Wednesday, hosting a doubleheader against Providence beginning at 3 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity